MMA Dana White comments on Strikeforce

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  1. Atmosphere

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    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mma/2009-02-15-strikeforce_N.htm

    Strikeforce resuscitating careers stuck in limbo

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    [​IMG]Heavyweight Kimbo Slice, right, fighting James Thompson in May, could be headed to Strikeforce, which is interested in adding Slice and women's star Gina Carano to its growing stable of fighters.

    By Beau Dure, USA TODAY

    The Kimbo Limbo is finally ending.

    On Oct. 4, last-minute replacement Seth Petruzelli knocked out YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice in 14 seconds, live on CBS. EliteXC, the promotion that brought mixed martial arts to prime-time network TV, didn't last much longer. Ailing parent company ProElite closed down most of its operations and reduced itself to a skeleton crew.

    For four months, multiple interview requests went unreturned, and fighters such as Slice and Gina Carano were left idle.

    Strikeforce recently bought many of ProElite's assets. The deal can bring several fighters back into action after an agonizing wait. Cris "Cyborg" Santos, poised to face Carano after some dominant wins, has come to terms with Strikeforce, as has EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.
    Also out of limbo is Showtime, CBS' premium cable channel, which aired many EliteXC events.

    Coinciding with the sale of assets to Strikeforce, ProElite reached a deal to retire its debt to Showtime, and Showtime reached a separate deal to broadcast Strikeforce.

    CBS has not yet made plans to return MMA to prime time.

    Strikeforce, which already has a deal with NBC for late-night programming, will mark its new relationship with Showtime with a live card April 11 featuring MMA pioneer Frank Shamrock against Nick Diaz. Scott Smith, who twice faced Lawler in EliteXC, will fight Benji Radach.

    The rest of the card is undetermined while Strikeforce nails down contract details with many of EliteXC's top fighters. Near the top of Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker's wish list: Carano, an explosive fighter and ubiquitous sports media presence.

    "We're going to continue supporting women's MMA and we're going to be inviting Gina to come fight on April 11," Coker says. "And we've already got confirmation from Cyborg that she is available if we can put that match together. We will be supporting women's MMA in Strikeforce."

    Strikeforce and Showtime also are interested in Slice, who rose to fame in backyard brawls uploaded to YouTube and headlined two EliteXC cards on CBS. "Kimbo is one that we think we have a future with," Showtime senior VP Ken Hershman says.

    UFC President Dana White has often scoffed at the attention paid to Slice, but he draws a distinction between Strikeforce's interest and EliteXC's handling of the inexperienced heavyweight.

    "Building your whole business around Kimbo is insane," White says of Slice.

    Unlike promoter Affliction, which has put on two pay-per-view events focusing on the heavyweight class, Strikeforce has no quarrel with UFC, the dominant force in MMA.

    "I'm sure they're going to put on some good shows, and hopefully, they can make that business model work for them," White says. "I've got nothing negative to say about them whatsoever."
     
  2. yawgmoth

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    That's a huge ass article to read just for Dana's comments at the end, which don't start any drama at all. Kinda surprising.
     
  3. Ricey McRicerton

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    Dana white acting like a human being without cursing. Unbelievable!
     
  4. Redneck Shinobi

    Redneck Shinobi Well Jules, the funny thing about my back is that

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  5. VulgarTheClown

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    The only explanation is that zuffa already owns strikeforce.
     
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    it'll be interesting to see what Strikeforce will do with these guys. Hopefully there will be no dead fish thrown at Kimbo but real fighters that can put on a good fight.
     
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    this makes sense then. Where do you know this from sir?
     
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    strike force ftw dana knows he cant contest them they know what they are doing. They have been around and putting shows on since 1985
     
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  10. IntheWorks

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    I thought I just read in an interview not to long ago that "they've only spoken a few times" So I'd say more acquaintances, who have mutual respect for each other, not friends.
     
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    Real fighters vs Kimbo wouldn't be a good fight.
     
  12. Nomad

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    mein got! Dana not cursing!
     
  13. The Ripper

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    I think strike force pretty much said they were going to build him up. He isnt going to get any top competition till he gets like 10 fights under his belt and then they will test him. Him vs thompson would make for a good fight since people are still bitching about the first time they went at it. Hopefully they can make the fight with him and Rogers or him and shamrock happen as well.
     

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