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Rauno 07-16-2012 11:50 AM

DW: Meltzer is making sh*t up

He said, he said.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, certain Strikeforce fighters like Gilbert Melendez, Luke Rockhold and Ronda Rousey are blocked from signing with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) because of ZUFFA's contract with Showtime.

According to UFC President Dana White, he's full of crap.

That was the long and short of it when the Las Vegas fight boss took to The Underground to defend his position against Meltzer, who has a history of jawing with White over ZUFFA related issues, including FOX ratings. Once again, the leader of the fight world claims the aforementioned report (read it here) simply isn't true.

"idk wtf melzers problem is! Has this guy lost his mind? That is absolutely not true! Dave has lost his mind!! Now he is just making sh*t up."

He even said as much to our own Geno Mrosko.

White shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world back in March 2011 when he revealed that ZUFFA was the proud new owner of what was widely considered the world's number two fight promotion.

While both Strikeforce and UFC continue to operate as separate entities, most of the MMA community was expecting an inevitable merger, much like the one that disscolved World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) earlier that year.

Then came a brand new contract with Showtime.

The UFC was still able to end up with some top-shelf talent, including Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz and Alistair Overeem, while others like Rockhold, Melendez and Rousey stayed behind. So what contract clauses exists that allow some fighters to stay and some to go?

Depends on who you ask.

cdtcpl 07-16-2012 02:20 PM

I was wondering how Meltzers had access to this info and was breaking it just now and not an agent for one of these guys trying to get into the UFC.

Hammerlock2.0 07-16-2012 02:25 PM

So it was Meltzer. Didn't know that. If I had I would have said something along the lines of "It's Dave Meltzer so it's probably made up".

HaVoK 07-16-2012 05:40 PM

Showtime Sports Boss Denies Existence of List of Strikeforce Fighters Blocked From UFC:

osmium 07-16-2012 05:59 PM

I doubt he made it up people are telling him that stuff. That shit is illegal so they wouldn't cop to it. That doesn't mean his sources are right he said that they were conflicting.

Roflcopter 07-16-2012 08:06 PM

I don't think it's made up at all. I think it's an illegal contract and they aren't owning up to it.

John8204 07-16-2012 08:14 PM

Dear David Meltzer

WizeKraker 07-16-2012 09:14 PM


Originally Posted by John8204 (Post 1605205)
Dear David Meltzer

oh sh*t, who's the dude with the (now) inverted head?

look like a gnarly botch.

SideWays222 07-16-2012 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by John8204 (Post 1605205)
Dear David Meltzer

People can say what they want about the WWE. But those guys are some tough mother ****ers.

Mirage445 07-16-2012 11:27 PM

That's Dolph Ziggler (Seriously...that's his in-ring name...) and he's probably the best best guy in the business at making moves look real/dangerous.

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