After their recent title defenses, Strikeforce champions Gilbert Melendez and Luke Rockhold both called for the Zuffa overlords to bring top contenders from the UFC to Strikeforce, so that they can finally get the recognition they deserve.
Stemming seemingly from the frustration fighters like Rockhold and Melendez feel for being held in Strikeforce and prevented the opportunity to compete against most of the world’s top-ranked fighters, these Strikeforce-UFC call-outs have become the go-to move for champions of Strikeforce’s talent-sparse divisions. UFC president Dana White — who, so far, seems to have taken little interest in Strikeforce — recently told MMAJunkie that he likes hearing fighters call for the bouts that they actually want.
“I want these guys, if there’s a certain fight they want, I want them to call it out,” he said. “I get it.”
Also in speaking with MMAJunkie, White revealed that he’s less than thrilled with Strikeforce’s current direction and handling, and therefore plans to begin taking a much more active role in the promotion beginning in the near future. Though he didn’t say that he’d start putting on crossover fights, White did promise significant change once he’s at the helm.
“Let’s just say the first Strikeforce fight didn’t go the way I wanted it to go,” White said. “When you get into a deal where the network controls what goes on, controls the production, controls everything – I’m working on that. I’m working on that as we speak. When these guys hand over the reigns and let me run that [expletive] thing, it will change.”