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    "CBS made its biggest mistake partnering with a tiny, small show with a roster no one cares about," said Dana White. "Just because you read on MMA.TV that someone is a superstar doesn't make it true. This should prove that no one out there gives a [expletive] about Fedor."

    "We're pulling those numbers on Spike," White said. "I mean, how the [expletive] is what they did considered any good in any way, shape or form? What kind of numbers do you think we would pull with a live show on CBS? I'll tell you. Huge. It would be significantly, significantly more than what they got with these idiots from Showtime."

    "You'd think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it's great for the industry for everyone to be doing well," responded Coker.

    Of the eight episodes of the current season of the UFC's "Ultimate Fighter" reality show on Spike, two had higher ratings than this show. Aside from that, UFC has topped a 2.5 rating for a live event twice, for a 2006 Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock fight and a 2007 Quinton Jackson vs. Dan Henderson fight. UFC 105, which airs this coming Saturday night, headlined by Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera, the first time Couture will have ever fought live on Spike TV, could do a rating in the same range as Strikeforce show.

    UFC's attempt at counterprogramming the opposition didn't prove as successful as in the past. UFC has always put on replays of past major pay-per-view events against the prior CBS shows, usually doing a 1.2 rating, considered very strong for Spike TV for using old footage. But they were down 25 percent from usual, doing a 0.9 rating and 1.2 million viewers with a custom-made show featuring the television debuts of four recent never-before-seen pay-per-view main event matches.


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I like Cokers response

“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.


It hasn't taken Dana long to turn on Strikeforce despite earlier comments that he likes the way they do things. More than anything I'm an MMA fan and competition is a good thing. I only hope we aren't seeing a movement towards the kind of political rubbish that prevents boxing from putting together the superfights.

 Not to mention, if no one gives a fuck about Fedor, why is he trying so damn hard to get him?

Dana White. "Just because you read on MMA.TV that someone is a superstar doesn't make it true."


He's right, its because he's beaten all comers except one over a 32 fight professional career that makes him a superstar.

“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.



Dana "CBS made its biggest mistake partnering with a tiny, small show with a roster no one cares about,"


A roster no one cares about? Give me some of the good shit that Dana is smokin', please.

Not to mention, if no one gives a fuck about Fedor, why is he trying so damn hard to get him?



+1

MiddleEasy - 
“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.






 Whats more, its great for the fighters for everyone to be doing well. More major promotions = more opportunity to get better compensation everytime you put your health and well-being on the line for our enjoyment.

 5 million people saw Fedor being Fedor.  Can't hurt. 

Dana White profound arrogance makes him very difficult to like.

Dana seems upset...

Well, we've been replaying the fight here for everyone that walks through the door. Make that 5,000,000+

 I know the OMA scandal hurt this site, but when guys like Dana White start telling people that the UG puts up bogus stories about Fedor being a superstar, well, that's not good.

MiddleEasy - 
“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.
 That's naive of Coker to say.  Vince MacMahon, Dan White's role-model, certainly wasn't happy at the success of other sports-entertainment promotions, was he?  The Zuffa model is just the WWF model imported to a shootfighting event.  The success of any rival promotion, including Strikeforce, only means rising fees for fighters and less control over the industry as a whole.

Up With Evil - 
MiddleEasy - 
“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.
 That's naive of Coker to say.  Vince MacMahon, Dan White's role-model, certainly wasn't happy at the success of other sports-entertainment promotions, was he?  The Zuffa model is just the WWF model imported to a shootfighting event.  The success of any rival promotion, including Strikeforce, only means rising fees for fighters and less control over the industry as a whole.



 Not naive.  It's Coker taking the opposite approach to what Dana is saying.  This is how business is conducted.

 LOL @ another BLAF temper tantrum




Crazy Zimmerman - 
Up With Evil - 
MiddleEasy - 
“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.
 That's naive of Coker to say.  Vince MacMahon, Dan White's role-model, certainly wasn't happy at the success of other sports-entertainment promotions, was he?  The Zuffa model is just the WWF model imported to a shootfighting event.  The success of any rival promotion, including Strikeforce, only means rising fees for fighters and less control over the industry as a whole.

 Not naive.  It's Coker taking the opposite approach to what Dana is saying.  This is how business is conducted.

More likely how PR is conducted.  Good for Mr. Coker to take the high road but I can't believe he'd honestly be surprised at Dana White's premature grave-dancing glee.

 

DBerry - I like Cokers response



“You’d think everyone [in the industry] would be happy because it’s great for the industry for everyone to be doing well,” responded Coker.
agreed. 

 

another facepalm moment from the dana



edit: the UG reference is pretty cool though