UFC President Dana White today commented to the LA Times about Strikeforce’s debut on CBS this past Saturday, which was headlined by Fedor Emelianenko’s second-round knockout of Brett Rogers:
“CBS would be out of their mind to put that rinky-dink [Strikeforce] . . . on the air again . . . and without that backing, [promoters] won’t have the money to pay [Emelianenko].
The guy just got his face smashed in by Brett Rogers. Do you know what Brock or [UFC heavyweights] Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez would do to Brett Rogers? It’s time to bring this guy [Fedor] in, to see Brock Lesnar smash his head.”
Despite White’s disappointment in the card, “Fedor vs. Rogers” peaked with nearly 5.5 million viewers and both Strikeforce and CBS have gone on the record to say they’re satisfied and encouraged by the figures.