In a matter of days a flood of talent will enter the MMA market after Strikeforce closes up shop. Though a handful of Strikeforce’s premiere fighters will be brought over to the UFC, it seems likely most of the roster will find themselves looking for a new professional home including more than one notable name.
While Bellator might seem like a logical landing spot for the lot, CEO Bjorn Rebney recently addressed the possibility and stated he was open to bringing a few on board but preferred to build his roster from within.
“One of my focuses when I built up the business plan was to build from within, to create our own superstars and to not be like the EliteXCs and the IFL and the Bodogs and the Afflictions and all of these different groups who tried to grab the fighters that had been released by the UFC and ultimately try to re-ignite a fire that had once existed under those guys,” said Rebney to MMAWeekly Radio. “I think that’s one of the things that set us apart.”
“The door is open to it, but there’s never like a lock in on it and say ‘Hey, we’re going to do that for sure,’” Rebney continued on the notion of signing Strikeforce’s soon-to-be free agents. “You look at it on a case by case basis, you see where a guy fits in and if he’s got the right fit for the organization.”
Tomorrow night’s lineup for Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine will mark the promotion’s final show.
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