It seems as if all those talks of Strikeforce’s demise were just talk, as UFC president Dana White confirmed this past weekend at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida that the fight promotion will go on as it has for the past few years.
Zuffa purchased Strikeforce earlier this year, and at the time, many felt it was only a matter of days before the UFC gobbled up the top talent and folded Strikeforce like it did to several other organizations in the past.
Instead, White and others were able to secure an extension with Showtime to continue broadcasting Strikeforce on the television network, meaning those who compete in Strikeforce will remain there for the time being.
“The guys that are in Strikeforce are staying in Strikeforce,” White said, in an interview with MMAJunkie. “Strikeforce lives.”
That being said, it appears fighters like current champions Gilbert Melendez and Luke Rockhold will remain in Strikeforce, as White added, “All the guys that are in the Strikeforce show and with Showtime, I will make this right. They will be happy to be there. Believe me.”
White also added that Scott Coker will remain in charge of operations of Strikeforce, though White’s role will increase as time goes on. As for possible co-promotions between the two, White said the possibility for that to happen is there.
MMATraining Take: Keeping Strikeforce alive and well with at least a handful of stars is the right move. It allows them to build a stronger fan base, become more well-known and increase their exposure. Plus, having more live events gives younger fighters a chance to compete under the bright lights, as well.