After simply posting “:)” on Twitter immediately following the post-fight brawl at Saturday’s CBS-televised “Strikeforce: Nashville” event, UFC President Dana White has shared his reaction to the event with Yahoo Sports:
“Of course, everyone thinks I’m anti-competition, but I’m not. But everyone knows that they didn’t belong on CBS. Even if you’re the biggest UFC hater out there, you know that. Shame on CBS for this. They knew they should have been with us, but they went out and let those Showtime idiots talk them into going with Elite XC.
Now, they’re stuck with a bush league, C-level promotion that will probably be out of business next month. And what you saw on Saturday is the kind of thing that happens when you put a product like that on national television.
I can’t guarantee that every time you see a UFC pay-per-view it will be the best fight card you’ve ever seen. But what I can say is that for (nearly) 10 years, we’ve consistently delivered great fights and great fight cards. That’s why this sport has grown so much and become as popular as it has.
On any given night, you may catch a bad fight. In Anderson’s case, it wasn’t a bad night. It was the third time he’s done something like that, which is why I was so angry. I take seriously delivering the kind of product my fans want to see. But what you saw on CBS is an example of what you don’t want to see on national television. No one had control and that’s what happens.”