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Old 01-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana White: Fans can expect the same from Strikeforce that they get from the UFC

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After a few decidedly tumultuous months, Strikeforce re-upped with Showtime and presented its first fight card of the year last night (Sat., Jan. 7, 2012) with its "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event in Las Vegas.

During the show, UFC President Dana White stopped by for an interview and when asked by Mauro Ranallo what can fans expect from Strikeforce in the coming year, replied with the following:

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"I think (the fans) can expect the same thing (from Strikeforce) that they get from the UFC. We're going to put on great shows, live shows, television shows, exciting fights -- everything you've come to expect from the UFC, you will see here on Showtime and Strikeforce."
They didn't exactly get off to a hot start last night, as the crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino seemed as alive as a cemetery and most of the action on the card left a lot to be desired.

The broadcast was aesthetically pleasing, sure, but good production doesn't replace exciting fights between legitimate contenders. Name value also matters and the sad fact of the matter is Strikeforce doesn't have it.

Which is why Keith Jardine fought for the promotion's middleweight title. He was obliterated, as expected.

Of course, we're talking about just one event and there will be at least seven more this year, so perhaps it's best to hold off complete judgement of Strikeforce under the Zuffa banner. There are improvements to be made, but we're being assured that we'll happen so let's let it happen, right Maniacs?

Speaking of upcoming events, the Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey fight was finally booked for March 3 in Ohio and White talks about how much he's looking forward to it in the full entry.

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This is great news.
I think that the Strikeforce can be a great place for Zuffa to get both the new prospects and the veterans in a losing streak at UFC.
They can get some rotation, like a guy from the UFC with 3 losses drops to Strikeforce and Strikeforce champs go to the UFC...
Also, good for Zuffa monopoly.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All Strikeforce needs is a damn tv deal in Australia. Can only watch it on youtube.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When are they going to start putting on the good shows? They have next to no talent left, a very shallow prospect pool and the commentary crew is horribad.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dana looked like he didn't want to be there.

I think they're just sticking it to Showtime in all honesty, Strikeforce has a handful of elite fighters and guys like King Mo, Feijao, Mousasi, Rockhold, and Melendez are ****ed if they have an off night. People will instantly shit on them saying they can't hang with the UFC guys when the Strikeforce Champs are 2-1 against UFC Champs. Of course I don't think Rockhold could beat Silva or anyone outside of Dan Henderson a former SF Champ himself has a shot against Jones but I could see Melendez beating Edgar.

My prediction, attendance drops although I've read it'll be primarily based in Las Vegas and the ratings will drop and thus Showtime will try to pull out of the deal.
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Yeah right Dana, you've already banished Strikeforce to small venues, like last night's Hard Rock Concert Hall, when Strikeforce use to have shows at the Shark Tank in San Jose!!
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