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article imageUFC President wants cross-promotional fights as soon as possible

By Andrew Ardizzi     May 31, 2011 in Sports
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White desperately wants a super fight between UFC and Strikeforce welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz, but it and other potential super fights remain in limbo.
"We literally have nothing done on that yet," UFC president Dana White told MMA Weekly.
Although White would like to see the fights happen sooner rather than later, there are still hurdles to climb, MMA Weekly reported.
Beyond the usual cross-promotional semantics arising whenever two fight organizations try to arrange a mega-fight, Strikeforce's existing television contract with Showtime is believed to be the primary stumbling block in moving forward with the proposed St. Pierre-Diaz clash, MMA Weekly reported.
Two years remain on Strikeforce's deal with Showtime, the report said.
UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC purchased Strikeforce in March and announced they would allow Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker to continue to run the promotion as its own separate entity, despite White's existing problems with some Strikeforce fighters and Showtime itself, TSN reported in March.
“I don’t even want to get into that, a whole other headache,” White told MMA Weekly when asked about whether the Showtime deal was the reason the fights couldn't be arranged.
While potential match-ups are endless and the GSP-Nick Diaz title bout is on the horizon, nothing is set in stone yet and it may be some time before the fights fans dream about are finalized and locked into a rear naked choke.
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