There is no need to pinch yourself or rub your eyes. You are awake and it is not April 1 yet. In the ever-expanding world of “never say never” where Mixed Martial Arts is concerned news broke earlier today regarding the UFC’s purchase of rival promotion Strikeforce.
In an interview with MMAFighting, Dana White explained the decision to acquire Strikeforce had to do in part with the company’s need to promote more events as MMA continues to grow as well as the acknowledgment the California-based company had grown a steady following with a product people enjoyed.
“It happened quickly,” White said of the subject. “The reality is we now own Strikeforce.”
Further elaborating on the landmark deal, the UFC President made the following points:
– Strikeforce will continue to run as is and the contracts they have in place, including a deal with Showtime, will be honored
– It is possible UFC guys could crossover into the Strikeforce ring but in general it will be “business as usual”
– Scott Coker will be staying on in his current role as head of Strikeforce
– Fedor Emelianenko will continue to be a Strikeforce/Showtime fighter
– The UFC is not going to co-promote with Strikeforce meaning there are currently no “superfights” planned
– The UFC is not currently looking to clean house on any level with White again again stressing it’s about helping Strikeforce grow while keeping things status quo for the most part
– The Strikeforce/Showtime deal runs for approximately another two years
– When Strikeforce contracts expire the UFC will consider negotiating to bring said fighters into the Octagon
– The UFC is looking at eventually doing a show at the HP Pavilion
– Strikeforce maintains the option to keep Paul Daley, Josh Barnett, and other fighters who have fallen out with the UFC
Stay tuned to Five Ounces of Pain as more information on the future of both companies as they relate to each other becomes available!