Get ready, fans and friendsâ€¦Dana White has once again set his sights on Strikeforce and MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. In a new interview with MMAWeekly, White talked at length about his biggest rival and the man he has been chasing unsuccessfully for years. So, did White finally show a little humility? This is Dana White weâ€™re talking about, after all. Here are the highlights from the always-controversial UFC President.
â€śYou hear me talk about Fedor. I flew to crazy places, made him a very respectable offer to come in and fightâ€¦ I tried to make that fight happen, and they know it, whether they say it or notâ€¦ The other thing with Fedor is I never say neverâ€¦ I like (Alistair) Overeem. Iâ€™ve always had a good relationship with himâ€¦ What you have to realize is the guys that fight in the UFC fight the very best in the world three times a year. Did you ever notice these guys at Strikeforce have a hard time getting their people to come in and actually fightâ€¦ When we sign a guy we want him to fight three times in a year. How the hell is he going to fight somewhere else?â€ť
Itâ€™s easy to say â€śI told you soâ€ť once all is said and done. However, I will commend Dana White on his blissfully limited shots taken at Fedor post-loss. White actually seems to have taken an â€śit is what it isâ€ť approach to Emelianenko and his semi-notorious management team M-1 Global, and when you compare it to some of the negative things he had to say leading up to Emelianenkoâ€™s shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum earlier this year, it appears that Dana White may actually be humble in victoryâ€¦at least, on this particular occasion.
I also think that Dana White has a point about fighters fighting in other promotions or even other sports, however, the point heâ€™s making only applies to the UFC. Itâ€™s actually quite beneficial to â€śloan outâ€ť your top dogs to other promotions (so long as they win) when youâ€™re a fledgling promotion. It gives you and your fighters more credibility, more marketability, and more eyes on your product. Alistair Overeem may have taken a long hiatus away from Strikeforce in order to fight in K-1, but he emerged from that excursion deadlier and more popular than ever before. The UFC doesnâ€™t need any crossover appeal because theyâ€™re already the biggest name in the game. For Strikeforce, they could use all the help they can get.
In the end, I think itâ€™s possible that both Overeem and Emelianenko may one day wind up in the UFC. Like Dana White, I also subscribe to a â€śnever say never, anything is possible in MMAâ€ť philosophy. I think itâ€™s unlikely on both counts, with Overeem a little less than Fedor, but I would certainly love to see both men step inside of the Octagon.
And when it comes to the â€śUFC vs. Strikeforceâ€ť war, there really is no war to speak of. Strikeforce has some very good stars and quite a few big names on their roster, but for the most part theyâ€™re still very much a growing promotion trying to find their place. Dana White has called himself â€śThe Grim Reaperâ€ť when it comes to other MMA promotions, but Strikeforce remains on stable ground and could be a worthwhile challenge to the UFC in the next several years, so long as White doesnâ€™t sign away their biggest stars, which Iâ€™m quite sure he could do if he wanted to badly enough.
And what about you, fans and friends? What do you make of Whiteâ€™s latest remarks concerning Fedor, Alistair, and Strikeforce?