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Strikeforce-Showtime deal was contingent on keeping Melendez, Rockhold

More and more information continues to be released concerning the recent Strikeforce-Showtime extension that was worked out last week. Strikeforce recently held an event on the television network that featured Gilbert Melendez defending his Strikeforce lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal.

Melendez, who seemed to be a lock to follow the likes of Dan Henderson and Jake Shields into the UFC, was part of the agreement between Strikeforce and Showtime that allowed the deal to be made. Also, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was worked into the contract, as well, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.

“That was just a situation of the Showtime agreement,” said Coker to MMAWeekly after last night’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal event. “That was part of the deal, that these fighters would stay. UFC feels that they have enough challengers in their divisions now. We’re going to keep building our league and keep plugging in new fighters that aren’t for the UFC into Strikeforce. There’s plenty of fighters out there and we’re gonna keep building them.”

Rockhold will be in the main event of the first Strikeforce card of 2012, as he defends his title against former UFC veteran Keith Jardine. As for keeping Melendez, Coker was extremely pleased with that deal.

“Gilbert fought for Strikeforce in 2006. He’s one of the cornerstones of Strikeforce,” Coker said. “I’m happy that he is with us and he’s gonna stay with us.”

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

5 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    just gotta hope UFC throws some of their lightweights over to SF then, cos other than a rubber match with Josh Gilbert will have no one to fight

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I knew it

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Fuk ZUFFA.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Hey I know! Lets give a guy who has only won 4 from his last 12 a title shot. Fuk all those that thought SF was a joke before, well look at it now ZUFFA has control. The GP is a joke, Gilbert is stranded, the Dream cooperation has died, fighters are on the shelf for longer, their ratings are dropping and the fans miss out. Thanks ZUFFA, you are doing to SF what you did to Pride. Ending it for your gain but not the fans.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    This is just the begining of the deal… I’m sure the overcrowded LW division will start transfering over some talent to give the division a jump start. Look if they wanted to kill SF they would have never came to terms with Showtime…they would have just took the last few guys they wanted finished out the year and that would it.

    Hey Logic instead of just bitching why don’t you suggest what you would have done…? And don’t tell me you would keep Hendo or Diaz in SF either cause that’s not helping the fans to see talent wasted.

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