This past Saturday night's (March 3, 2012) Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" fight card that aired on Showtime was supposed to be the first event featuring added input from UFC President Dana White.
In fact, the Octagon boss was even going to skip his first UFC event in roughly a decade in order to attend the show in Columbus, Ohio. Instead of watching Martin Kampmann pull off a crazy last minute submission finish of Thiago Alves at UFC on FX 2 in Sydney, Australia, White was going to be at the Nationwide Arena to see Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey settle their differences.
Then, at the eleventh hour, it all fell apart.
When asked on Twitter why he doesn't find some new announcers for Strikeforce broadcasts, White responded rather succinctly by saying, "Tell Showtime, they run that shit, not me. I'm out. I'm 100-percent UFC."
That sent the media into a frenzy in an attempt to figure out exactly what went wrong. In a shocker, Showtime and White simply found themselves at odds once again.
As it turns out, White made quite a few suggestions to Showtime on varying ways to improve both the look and feel of their mixed martial arts (MMA) broadcasts, something he's well versed in having done such a bang up job with the production at UFC.
But basically all his suggestions were ignored.
It was originally thought that once former Showtime Sports Executive Ken Hershman left, White would find a way to dip his toes in the Strikforce waters and turn it into a far more successful promotion than it had been otherwise.
Instead he ran into the same issues with Stephen Espinoza, Hershman's replacement. And merry-go-round keeps on spinning.
Anyone think this means that Strikeforce will no longer be in the Showtime business once the current deal comes up? And when that happens, will Zuffa still be in the Strikeforce business?