UFC Counter Programming an Idle Threat to “Strikeforce: Nashville”

Written by Tim Ngo
March 15th, 2010

There has been talk about the possibility, but now a person involved with “Strikeforce: Nashville” on April 17th has told MMAFighting that they don’t really believe the UFC would counter program their CBS card.

“I think the UFC is messing with us,” the source told MMAFighting’s Michael David Smith.

Since it had leaked the UFC was going to counter program “Strikeforce: Nashville” with a last-minute show of their own, there have been a plethora of “probable” bouts reported for the potential card.

First, it was reported the UFC was considering having Mike Swick and Matt Serra co-headline the event, but with Swick injured, that bout was quickly discarded by the media.

The next theory had the UFC considering a James Toney vs. Kimbo Slice bout, but the promotion recently confirmed that Kimbo will be fighting Matt Mitrione at “UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2″ instead.

On Saturday, UFC president Dana White refuted a report by both Fighter’s Only and MMAWeekly about a potential Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin scrap by saying that Randy Couture would be taking on Franklin.

White never announced what card the fight would be on, leading to speculation that it could headline the last-minute April 17th card or take place at UFC 115.

Most are starting to believe that Dana’s pulling all of our collective chains. Obviously, if anyone could put together an event on a whim, it would be the UFC.

Although, it seems odd that White would respond to a report/rumor (from two very reliable sources) on his Twitter account if there wasn’t some truth to the reports.

It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities the UFC just threw out a bunch of popular names just to take interest away from what is an extremely solid “Strikeforce: Nashivlle” card. Either way, we’ll probably learn about the UFC’s plans for April 17th in the coming week since it’s only a month away.

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