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Showtime plans to keep promoting MMA despite problems with Strikeforce

This weekend might mark the final Strikeforce event on Showtime after more than a four-year relationship between the two but fans can count on it not being the last time MMA shows up on the channel. Though specifics are still sketchy at this point, Showtime’s VP in charge of sports programming Stephen Espinoza recently confirmed the company was already looking at other promotions to bring on board in 2013.

“We had the option of moving forward (with Strikeforce). We decided not to exercise that option,” said Espinoza to MMAJunkie, making it clear Showtime’s interest in MMA remains. “We are actively looking for other opportunities. (We) haven’t found the right opportunity yet, but we are definitely looking for the next relationship in the MMA space.”

Organizations thought to be in the running at this point include XFC, Legacy FC, Shark Fights, and Invicta FC.

Strikeforce made its Showtime debut on March 29, 2008, going on to promote more than 45 shows through the broadcaster. However, the relationship fell apart shortly after Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce based on an inability to retain the services of top fighters or build any significant depth.