Dana White is disappointed with latest Strikeforce event, wants Showtime to "hand over the reigns"Posted on January 25, 2012, 02:05 PM by Joey Santosus
"Let's just say the first Strikeforce fight didn't go the way I wanted it to go. When you get into a deal where the network controls what goes on, controls the production, controls everything – I'm working on that. I'm working on that as we speak. When these guys hand over the reigns and let me run that [expletive] thing, it will change. I've got to get my hands on that thing. I've got to get my hands on the production and start controlling that show. If I don't, then it is what it is." - For more from Dana White, visit MMAJunkie.com
For those of you who felt the latest Strikeforce event left something to be desired, you're not alone. It appears Dana White shares your sentiment, and according to the UFC President, that "something" is him.
Though White took a "business as usual" approach to running the promotion following ZUFFA's purchase of Strikeforce in 2011, the organization is now under a renewed broadcast agreement with Showtime, and he says he is working as we speak to gain control of the "reigns."
January's event, which marked the brand's first offering under the new deal, was headlined by a Middleweight title clash between division champ Luke Rockhold and 185-pound debutant, Keith Jardine. Although Rockhold, a rising, but still relatively unknown name, was initially expected to meet Tim Kennedy in the headlining bout, Jardine stepped in on short notice, having never before competed in the weight class. Needless to say, White was less than pleased with the final product, and feels that given the opportunity, he can turn things around for the promotion. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Is Dana White the missing piece of the Strikeforce puzzle, or is the once-burgeoning brand a lost cause?
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