Now, i'll be the first guy to say that the more MMA the better, but in the case of the upcoming counter programming efforts against Strikeforce: Nashville, I have to say that it's just foolish on the UFC's part. And i'm kinda surprised that more people aren't up in arms about this; this move leaves everyone without a DVR with the dilemma of picking between shows (and unless the UFC comes up with a barnburner main event, I see them losing in a head to head battle anyway).
I can understand liking the UFC & WEC, because they have a good product and consistently put on good fights. But the whole attitude of "Zuffa fanboyism" is something I don't get; I actually think that some of the business moves Zuffa does are detrimental to the overall growth/ development of the sport (IE counter programming Strikeforce, refusing to copromote, the harsh way they treat the fighters, etc).
I agree with what Coker said about the UFC putting the show up against SF Nashville being a dick move; why not just let Strikeforce do their thing on CBS (I doubt they'll ever do any significant PPV sales more than once or twice a year), and just allow some more eyes to soak in the sport? It would be better if they actually put that card on a different day, so that the sport as a whole could get more exposure.
Zuffa already has nearly a death clutch (pun intended) on all the sports linear champs, Fedor excluded, so why can't they just let Strikeforce play the clear #2 spot? Coker has said that he has no qualms with the UFC, and they basically operate on completely different platforms (UFC/ WEC with their Spike & Versus shows + PPV's, as opposed to Strikeforce's CBS deal and planned PPV). Dana is going to have to allow some of the other orgs like SF as well as Bellator get off some successful shows on TV if they ever want to have more national exposure & mainstream acceptance.
I know i'm not alone here.