While Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix has created quite the ruckus, UFC president Dana White has remained mum on what his stateside counterparts have conjured up. MMA’s ultimate shot caller recently broke his silence regarding the brackets and claimed the tourney was much ado about nothing.
White has long professed the Octagon is where the big boys come to play. Because the HW GP takes place inside of a hexagon, he claims the tournament’s winner is the epitome of a paper champion.
“You know how I feel about Strikeforce and some of the smaller leagues,” White told Fighters.com. “Listen, putting on a heavyweight tournament that’s gonna draw some interest for those guys, and then they end up with somebody at the end who is perceived as the top guy, I love that [expletive].
“I honesty haven’t thought about it at all, but good for them.”
While White’s mind is too cluttered with thoughts of world domination to worry about Strikeforce, tournament time can’t come soon enough for most fight fans.
The first leg of the Grand Prix kicks off February 12th at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Fedor Emelianenko faces Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the opening round of the tournament, while Andrei Arlovski meets Sergei Kharitonov in another quarterfinals matchup.
White will be hosting “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort” this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.