UFC President Dana White is well known for being straightforward. That quality combined with his equally notorious temper causes White to occasionally spew vitriolic insults in, really, just about any direction. In a recent interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, White launched into one such diatribe on the topic of rival promotion Strikeforce. After asserting that Strikeforce is “minor league” and that “Strikeforce doesn’t mean jack sh**” to him,” one wonders how White’s Strikeforce counterpart, Scott Coker, feels in the face of those comments. During an episode of the Helwani-helmed The MMA Hour, Coker revealed that he holds no ill-will towards White and would actually prefer that they got along.
“To me, it’s like, ‘Hey, why can’t we all get along?’ They have a great organization and we have a great organization,” Coker said.
“It doesn’t have to be that black and white,” he went on. “But honestly, when I wake up, I’m not thinking about what they’re doing. I’m just focused on how we can run our business. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we’re just moving forward.”
There is some tension between Strikeforce and the UFC at this point (despite Strikeforce apparently not being in the same league as the UFC) over which promotion will ultimately acquire the services of Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and free agent Jake Shields. White has openly expressed interest in Shields, who has been shown in attendance at several UFC events, but has not landed a contract with Shields yet. For his part, Coker says that he is still maintaining a dialogue with Shields’ father/manager but that he is not interested in entering into a bidding war with the UFC and is prepared to fill the vacant belt via middleweight tournament should Shields leave for the UFC.