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Lorenzo Fertitta squashes idea of future UFC vs. Strikeforce bouts

Lorenzo Fertitta is a co-owner of the UFC, and as rational in his approach to business as any executive, so when he says something it tends to hold up. According to Fertitta, the case of how the company is handling former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir will be more of an isolated incident than the norm when Mir heads to Strikeforce to face Daniel Cormier later this year.

While many MMA fans would like nothing more than some of the members of the UFC’s stacked roster enter the Strikeforce cage, Fertitta says that isn’t about to happen.

“You’re not going to see more of it,” said Fertitta in a recent interview with ESPN. “This is a one-time situation.”

Cormier, who won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title, still has the one fight left on his contract with Showtime. So, while the rest of the division was signed to the UFC – other than Josh Barnett who “DC” defeated in the finals – Zuffa needed someone to step in.

Mir is looking to rebound from a loss to UFC title-holder Junior dos Santos in his most recent Octagon appearance while Cormier remains unbeaten in his career since transitioning from a decorated career on the mat as an amateur wrestler.


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