Dana White to Strikeforce Fighters: I Apologize...I'm Really Disgusted About It

Joe ChaconContributor IIIDecember 30, 2012

August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA;   Strikeforce MMA women's championship belt for the bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rhonda Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LAS VEGAS -- Following the official UFC 155 post-fight press conference, Dana White fielded additional questions from the media during a scrum session. One of the most discussed issues was that of current Strikeforce fighters coming over to the UFC.

White appeared very sympathetic for the fighters and offered up his apologies for those who struggled in the organization, "What's happened to those guys over in Strikeforce is terrible. It is really bad what happened over there and it makes me sick. I should probably sit down with all of them. Anybody who fought in Strikeforce and is watching this right now, I apologize for everything that has gone on over the last eight months and I'm really disgusted about it."

The final Strikeforce event is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The card will feature Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine, Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring, and Josh Barnett vs. Nandor Guelmino. 

White continued with his thoughts on the Strikeforce fighters, "It's disgusting what has happened over these last eight months. It's bulls--- and it won't happen again. The s---'s over now."

The vibe from the UFC president is that Marquardt will be coming to the UFC regardless of whether he beats Saffiedine. White expressed his feelings about Marquardt as, "I was never in a bad way with him. I like Nate Marquardt, He's one of he nicest guys ever. I get bummed out when guys do stuff like that. You're a professional, show up here and do what you're supposed to do."

White isn't sure exactly how many Strikeforce fighters will be brought over to the UFC, but it is ever so evident that he does feel terrible about how that organization has stunted the progress of many of the young fighters.


*All quotes obtained first hand by B/R MMA


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