Dana White Disappointed With Strikeforce’s Current Situation
MMA Junkie reports that Dana White plans on attending Strikeforce’s show in January and is disappointed with the current state of the promotion.
Previously, he wouldn’t comment on Strikeforce, simply saying he didn’t “have anything to do with them”. But now he is breaking his silence. At a post-event news conference for UFC 154 in Montreal this past week, he said: “I am (disappointed). I don’t want to talk any s—, though. I could for about four hours. But I won’t. It’s not worth it.“
The promotion canceled its September show in Sacramento, California after Gilber Melendez couldn’t compete due to injury (he was scheduled to face Pat Healy) and Showtime refused to air the card without him. Five weeks away from a November 3 show in Oklahoma City, Strikeforce had to cancel another show when a new opponent couldn’t be found for Daniel Cormier and middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was unable to compete because of an injury.
There are now rumors that the promotion will fold and both its champions and key fighters will go to the UFC. But the contract statuses of its fighters is a problem and there is also confusion if those athletes are contracted to Zuffa or Showtime.
“Strikeforce: Champions” is set for January 12 in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Center, the same venue that the November 3 show was set to take place at. Melendez vs Healy is scheduled for the show, but there are reports that Melendez is still injured and won’t fight. This has not been confirmed. Rockhold will defend against Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event and welterweight champion Nate Marquardt will defend against Tarec Saffiedine. Cormier will compete against Dion Staring.
It was previously reported that women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey had went to the UFC and the January 12 show will be the last show for Strikeforce. But Zuffa and White have not confirmed this. He just said that he was excited about what Zuffa could do with Strikeforce and is now disappointed with what has happened. He added: “Yeah, I was excited. You guys know that. I was really excited about it.“
Tickets are on sale for “Strikeforce” Champions”. Here’s the current card:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin – for middleweight title
Champ Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine – for welterweight title
Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle (not officially announced)
Ryan Couture vs. K.J. Noons (not officially announced)
Pat Healy vs. TBA