UFC president Dana White had egg on his face all last week after his middleweight superstar, Anderson Silva, made a mockery out of the organization’s most monumental show. Although Saturday was Strikeforce’s turn to make a fiasco out of a major mixed martial arts event, White still finds himself in spin control.
“For them to be on CBS and go out and represent the sport that we’ve been building over the last 10 years, it’s hard. It’s hard to see that happen,” White said yesterday on The Jim Rome Show. “We’re out there fighting these battles everyday. These goofballs go out and do something like they did on Saturday night, yeah it sets the sport back and now we have to go out and fix it.”
White believes the melee could have been completely avoided if Showtime, the producing partners for all Strikeforce events, had any clue on how to properly promote a major mixed martial arts show.
“The guys at Showtime Boxing have never done anything right. These guys suck at boxing, let alone MMA,” White said of his longtime network nemesis. “And they talk CBS into putting [Strikeforce] on and trying to compete, instead of putting what they should have had on CBS, which is the UFC.”
Following those disparaging remarks, White got really creative with his finger pointing as the brash promoter insinuated that the higher-ups at Strikeforce were the ones that ordered The Code Red and requested Jason “Mayhem” Miller to take the ring and do what he does best.
“Who let Mayhem Miller in there? He has no business being in there. You know what I believe?,” White asked host Jim Rome while putting on his conspiracy theorist hat. “Mayhem is saying that he didn’t, but I think Strikeforce let him in the cage to go in there and do that. These guys let Jake Shields’ contract run out.
“They basically bet on a fight and said ‘Dan Henderson is going to beat him easily. Oh my God, Dan Henderson lost and now we don’t have Jake Shields under contract. Mayhem, get in there and let’s challenge him and make it look like, you know, if he leaves, he’s running from Mayhem Miller.’”
Unlike the rest of us, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker missed all the action, as he was with the media getting ready for the post-fight press conference. The soft-spoken promoter claimed to have had no idea how Mayhem got into the cage following the main event, but stated, “There’s no room in Strikeforce for that type of behavior.”