Although UFC president Dana White was all smiles immediately following “Strikeforce: Nashville” this past Saturday, now that the dust is starting to settle, the brash promoter acknowledges his rival’s embarrassing display on national television just made his job that much more difficult.
“Nope, because what happens is – and it’s happening actually right now – the bigger media is saying, ‘Yeah, there was a brawl on CBS and it was the UFC,'” White told USA Today when asked if he was pleased with what transpired over the weekend. “We’re trying to get this thing done in New York, Toronto. You think these legislators know, ‘Oh, no, that was Strikeforce?’
“They don’t (freaking) know. They don’t care. All they want to do is point the finger and go, “See? That’s the (crap) we don’t want in our state. Or in our country.”
Most believe that once White and Co. are able to invade The Big Apple, that’s when mixed martial arts will REALLY be accepted as a mainstream sport. As amped as fans are to see an Octagon inside the historic Madison Square Garden, White has been fighting this uphill battle for years.
“I’m telling you, man, I’m the one out there, hitting the pavement, beating the bricks, talking to all these guys,” White said of trying to host a show on Broadway. “They don’t know (crap) and they don’t want to know (crap). They don’t care.”
When asked what he will have to do differently to sway Toronto and New York’s higher-ups following Saturday’s debacle, White simply claims that time will decide Strikeforce’s fate.
They (Strikeforce) are going to go away. Showtime (messed) that whole thing up. They’ll go away,” White said of his stateside foes. “They’ll be off CBS and I won’t have to worry about them being so, you know, out in front. When something like that happens on CBS, people are going to hear about it.
“If they end up staying with (crappy)-ass Showtime, 200,000 people see it. I can live with that.”
Oh New York, how we long for you …