Yahoo: White doesn't care if WEC PPV battles Strikeforce on CBS

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Sep 11, 2006
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World Extreme Cagefighting is making the big move to pay-per-view for the first time with it's Jose Aldo-Urijah Faber on Apr. 24. It's a risk. Is Zuffa alienating fans by asking for more of their entertainment dollars? Dates are also being scooped up quickly that month. Will a WEC PPV work if it's going head-to-head against Strikeforce's CBS show featuring Fedor Emelianenko?

UFC president Dana White, who plays a large role with WEC as well, was taken back when asked if he was concerned about the Fedor/Strikeforce versus WEC scenario.

"I worry about Strikeforce all the time," White stated dripping with sarcasm. "You know how [expletive]long I've been hearing this [expetive]. No, I don't worry aboutStrikeforce. Strikeforce is a lower level show where young up-and-coming talent and guys that aren't in the UFC can make some money. It'snever going to be anything more than that."

White said Strikeforce needs to learn from the mistakes of boxing before scheduling on the same night as WEC.

"They're actually insane to go head-to-head with anything. That's somedumb boxing [expletive] right there. Like [Bob] Arum and [Don] King goinghead-to-head. The last thing on my mind everyday when I get out of bedand go to work is Strikeforce."

White has heard that some fans are annoyed by WEC's jump to pay for play but he's sticking with the $44.95 price tag.

"That's what the pay-per-views costs. It's still cheaper than boxing. Does anybody think that won't be worth the money? It absolutely, positively will be."

On the positive side, if the biggest names in WEC are going to be fighting on pay-per-view there should be no more complaints about their salaries. That was generally the reason WEC officials gave in defending why some of the big names like Faber, Miguel Torres and Mike Brown made less than the top fighters in the UFC.

The Strikeforce CBS date and location are still very much up in the air. You can rule out the rumored trip to the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada State Athletic Commission sources told Cagewriter that Strikeforce still hasn't applied for a promoter's license and now there isn't enough time to get approved before April. The T & M wanted badly to host the event. The MGM-Mirage group has pretty much taken over the boxing/MMA fight market in Sin City.

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