Originally I wanted this ZUFFA conference call to be a YouTube video with a ridiculous image attached to it. I uploaded a version on Vimeo and — I don’t know. Perhaps a glitch in the matrix forced the video to be completely handicapped when compared to other videos The video didn’t work, just playing the clip would freeze any computer, so I had to take it down. In a last ditch, desperate attempt I chose to go with Soundcloud to upload the audio and I decided to make the previously mentioned ‘ridiculous image’ into a massive desktop wallpaper. I made the background while being on hold and listening to ZUFFA’s conference call which included Dana White, Scott Coker and Lorenzo Fertitta all talking about the future of Strikeforce and UFC. For those that don’t have time to listen to history unfold, some notable moments in the clip are:
- Elbows will be allowed on the ground in Strikeforce.
- Showtime contract active until 2014 (which essentially means Strikeforce will remain as a separate entity at least until 2014)
- “[Strikeforce] fighters will never have to do business with me” – Dana White
- “[My] thoughts on the women’s division are the same (laughs). That’s Scott’s business, not mine” – Dana White
- No more UFC/Strikeforce counter-programming.
- Scott Coker does not have an equity in ZUFFA.
- ZUFFA has 4,000+ fights in their media library.
- Scott Coker and ZUFFA started talking about the deal in December 2010.
- “Will these guys [Strikeforce and UFC fighters] never face each other? No” – Dana White
Oh, you still want that ridiculous desktop wallpaper? Well, first you should get familiar Shiva — then it should all make sense. Click here to download the official MiddleEasy.com desktop wallpaper and if you’re a history aficionado, don’t forget to listen to the media conference call from today.