UFC president Dana White wasn’t really impressed with the Strikeforce: Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine fight card, and he wouldn’t mind getting more involved with the promotion’s future fight cards.
“Let’s just say the first Strikeforce fight didn’t go the way I wanted it to go,” White told MMAJunkie.com. “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 reins 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. We’ve got two years with these guys, but Showtime will ruin it.”
Many expected White to eventually take over the reins at Strikeforce, so his comments won’t be a shock to most MMA fans.
Once in a while, Strikeforce puts on an entertaining fight card, but a majority of their events simply lack enough competition.
Some might think smaller promotions struggle with their fight cards because the UFC snags up all the best fighters in MMA, but that really isn’t the case. The UFC has consistently disproved that theory, putting on multiple entertaining fight cards with lesser known fighters.
The promotion’s latest event, UFC on FX, is a perfect example of an excellent fight card, made up primarily of lesser-known fighters. Most MMA fans weren’t that familiar with either Mike Easton or Jared Papazian, yet, they put on what I felt was the most entertaining fight at the event (Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft got the official honors).
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker indicated he doesn’t have any problems with White becoming more involved with the promotion’s productions, so egos shouldn’t be a problem when the UFC boss starts playing a larger role. Given the talent already on the Strikeforce roster, I’m sure White and his crew will find a way to put on some entertaining fight cards and redeem the struggling promotion.