White: We didn’t set out to dissolve Strikeforce

Friday, December 28, 2012

“I see a lot of this s— on the Internet, people saying, ‘Oh, I knew this is exactly what we knew was going to happen. They bought (Strikeforce) to bury it,'” White said. “Any of you guys who were around me at the time know that was absolutely not the plan. I was pumped up about it and looking forward to getting into it.”

Not long after Zuffa’s purchase of the promotion, White said his plan was to get involved in the production side of things with Showtime and steer it in a different direction. But talks with Showtime officials never really panned out, and ultimately White wound up separating himself from at least the public side of the promotion.

In recent months, when asked about Strikeforce’s future in light of a pair of canceled shows in September and November, White typically would say, “I don’t run that promotion.”

And even now that it’s official that Strikeforce, which is nearing 30 years old after starting as a kickboxing promotion in 1985 before moving into the MMA realm in 2006, will be no more, White said he’s still in no mood to talk about it.

“I’m still not the guy (in charge),” White told MMAjunkie.com. “I could keep you here for four and a half hours and you’d go crazy – you’d have some real good stuff. I’m so glad it’s over.”

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