In light of the upcoming recent “E:60” piece on UFC President Dana White, I pondered how he would now feel about fellow promotion Strikeforce in comparison to over six months ago. If you’ll recall, White surprised some with positive feedback regarding the competing organization based out of California.
“I hope they do 10 million viewers next week,” White says. “Have you heard me say a bad word about Strikeforce? I wish them all the luck in the world. I have nothing bad to say about guys who are running the right promotion.” – Dana White (source: USA Today)
The respect was mutual, as seen in what Strikeforce’s Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz had to say about the big show.
“We have nothing but admiration for what (White) has done,” he says. “He’s overcome tremendous barriers. I’ve been in the sport for about 10 years, and I’ve watched UFC grow since Zuffa (White’s company) took it over.”
Fast forward to the present with former pound-for-pound boxing champ Roy Jones Jr. seeking a payday in MMA with Strikeforce after being denied a bout with Anderson Silva by the UFC, and we have Coker open to the idea.
“We would absolutely set this fight up. Of course we would have to run it by Showtime for final approval, but I don’t see why we wouldn’t have this fight” -Scott Coker (source: GracieFighter)
All this being said, it is uncertain as to whether the outspoken White will maintain that he has only the best wishes for Coker and company. One would imagine this could be a non-issue but it certainly opens the door for criticism to be slung Strikeforce’s way by MMA purists.