UFC President Dana White is 'disappointed' in Strikeforce but won't talk s--t about its pending demise

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Find out why UFC President Dana White is "disappointed" over the demise of Strikeforce, as well as why he's choosing to hold his tongue over the way the San Jose-based promotion has ended its final run.

In less than two months, Strikeforce will be dead.

That disappoints Dana White, who shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world back in March 2011 when he revealed that ZUFFA, parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), was the proud new owner of what was widely considered the world's number two fight promotion.

So much for "business as usual."

Most of us saw this coming, especially when the Las Vegas fight club started acquiring the San Jose-based promotion's top talent, like heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and welterweight titleholder Nick Diaz. But that doesn't mean White is any less disappointed.

From Bloody Elbow:

UFC president Dana White told reporters following UFC 154 that "I am (disappointed). I don't want to talk any shit, though. I could for about four hours. But I won't. It's not worth it."

Sounds like he delivered on his 2009 promise.

White will attend the final show on Jan. 12, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Originally titled "Champions," the Showtime telecast looks to be anything but, in light of recent injuries to lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and middleweight kingpin Luke Rockhold.

So much for the "mega card" that was to make up for recent cancellations.

Strikeforce was expected to operate as its own entity until 2014, but lack of interest -- along with a lack of box office stars -- has expedited the process. One of the few remaining headliners, undefeated female fighting sensation Ronda Rousey, was recently recruited to the UFC.

White didn't sound too disappointed about that.

Nevertheless, he'll be making an appearance next year for the promotion's swan song. But will you? And unless Red Shoe Diaries makes a comeback, I'll be canceling the Showtime network after the (cough) "Champions" do their thing in Oklahoma City.

See who else is sad right here.

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