Still bitter at Showtime for allegedly ruining a tentative deal they had with CBS, Dana used the Strikeforce “Nashville” post-fight brawl as an opportunity to rub it in CBS’ face for ultimately choosing to partner with “bush league, C-level” promotions instead of finalizing a deal with the UFC.
“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.”
“When have you seen anything remotely close to that happen at a UFC event? What kind of ridiculous commentary was that? That was an idiotic thing to say [referring to Gus Johnson saying ‘Sometimes this happens in MMA’]. And then he was yelling at them to stop, telling them they are on national television. That was just another example of how bush league they are.”
“You never should gamble on fights. They bet on (Melvin) Manhoef, (that he would beat Robbie) Lawler. Lawler was very unhappy and they wanted to get rid of him, but it backfired because he knocked Manhoef out. Then they treated Shields like (expletive), let his contract expire and they put all their money on Dan Henderson. Now, Shields destroys Henderson and look where they’re at. That’s not how you do business.”
To answer Dana’s question, no major brawls have broken out inside the Octagon, but let’s not pretend like the UFC and Spike are a couple of saints either. They’ve aired plenty of trash on TUF that Dana would be readily bashing if it happened under anyone else’s banner.