Although Strikeforce hosted an event Wednesday evening and will come out firing again when Fedor Emelianenko makes his long awaited return on June 26th, UFC president Dana White welcomes the competition with open arms. Mainly because he believes the race has been over for quite some time.
“Everybody thinks it’s me being anti-competition,” White told MMAJunkie.com. “There is no competition. We’re the NFL. You don’t see people looking at the NFL and going, ‘Yeah, but he’s not the best player in the world because there’s a guy playing for the Canadian Football League or the Arena League over here.’
“We’re the NFL. There is no other guy.”
That being said, there is another long-shot player operating in the domestic market. In addition to their Showtime and CBS deals, Stirkeforce also has access to an expanded roster courtesy of their relationship with Japan’s Dream promotion.
While the UFC has yet to counter with a major network deal of their own, or have the luxury of dipping into another organization’s talent pool, they are still THE UFC – for all intents and purposes – the only real game in town. Because of that undying belief, the outspoken promoter could care less with what the San Jose based promotion has up their sleeves.
“Strikeforce, we need Strikeforce to exist. I don’t want Strikeforce to go away,” White said of his stateside rivals. “I need these guys. I need them and all the other guys. I wish the other idiots didn’t blow their brains out like they did.
“There was a time when it was neck-and-neck. That time is over. There were times when we were in dogfights, but everybody needs to just concede and realize we’re the [expletive] NFL. Period. End of story.”