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UFC Purchases Strikeforce


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After watching the vid on mmanews, it looks like the companies will still be classed as seperate entities. All current contracts will be honoured and when they are up both companies will be able to negotiate with the fighters.

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Wow... I was thinking it was a hoax but it seems legit.

Gonna need a minute to collect myself from the floor.

GET OVER HERE UBEREEM!

We welcome you to the biggest stage of MMA in the world:

Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, Brett Rogers, Sergei Kharitonov, Daniel Cormier, Shane del Rosario, Dan Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, Muhammed Lawal, Rafael Cavalcante, Roger Gracie, Ovince St. Preux, Ronaldo Souza, Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler, Cung Le, Melvin Manhoef, Jason Miller, Nick Diaz, Paul Daley, Evangelista Santos, Tyron Woodley, Shinya Aoki, Gilbert Melendez, Jorge Masvidal

No more arguing about rankings unless MFC or Shark Fights start growing.

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Merging both would financially be smarter instead of running 2 separate entities, except that Strikeforce has been a growing brand so I'm sure Zuffa wants to maybe create some niche with Strikeforce, make more television deals perhaps similar to that of Showtime and sometimes CBS? It's funny though, because a year ago Dana White was trashing Strikeforce for saying they have no money they won't make it they're small timers etc. As the brand grew with these past explosive events, Zuffa went ahead and bought out Strikeforce.

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Merging both would financially be smarter instead of running 2 separate entities, except that Strikeforce has been a growing brand so I'm sure Zuffa wants to maybe create some niche with Strikeforce, make more television deals perhaps similar to that of Showtime and sometimes CBS? It's funny though, because a year ago Dana White was trashing Strikeforce for saying they have no money they won't make it they're small timers etc. As the brand grew with these past explosive events, Zuffa went ahead and bought out Strikeforce.

Strikeforce wasn't a direct threat to the UFC in any way other than on internet blogging material. They had 30 million in revenue for 2010. The UFC probably made almost double that alone on UFC 121. This is purely a business move to support UFC's expansion plans for 2011 forward. As for the future of Strikeforce, Dana was pretty clear about that in the interview: Strikeforce still has outstanding contracts with Showtime so instead of buying them out, Zuffa (that's the company behind all of it) is going to run Strikeforce independently until the contracts end. After that, they will merge the companies like they did with the WEC. The point is to strenghten the UFC brand not to create a niche for UFC Light (like the WEC was). With the purchase, UFC gains access to more fighters that are draws and for a couple of years has more shows to put those stars on. Every contract will be honored until it runs out (here's looking at you Paul Daley). Only then will the UFC step in and start making the decisions. It's still Scott Coker's outfit but there is no doubt that Dana White will have his finger in that pie since he owns 9% of Zuffa.

M-1 Global is now in a very, very tough spot. Either they play ball with Dana White or they pack up and leave. One thing is sure: with Fedor going on a 2-fight losing streak, the 30 million payday they once had is a very distant mirage of what they'll be offered.

GSP will probably move on up to MW OR fight Nate Diaz. If he moves up, Nate will fill the void and probably fight for the title against Fitch and Fitch 2.0 aka Jake Shields.

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LoL. If he was a smart guy (which he isn't), he would fight whatever fights are left in his contract, do his best to become SF champion (won't happen) and then leave for another organization. But allas: Sengoku going under, Shooto will be following soon, Shark Fights & Tachi Palace Fights are UFC development territory and MFC is in Canada. There's Impact FC but they don't even register at all. And BAMMA? LOL. Zuffa(especially after Bellator folds) is where all the real money is and he's toast.

He isn't doing himself any favours by pulling this crap when his monetary future balances on the whims of Dana White.

Dan Henderson on the other hand, is a very smart cookie.

He won't get his 250K garanteed but with only one fight left on his Strikeforce deal, he will be ready to negotiate and I'm sure Dana can figure something out (probably a nice win bonus for him).

http://www.mmamania.com/2011/3/12/2046820/dan-henderson-open-working-with-ufc-after-purchase-of-strikeforce

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Ultimate Fighting Championship executives today said that Showtime will retain control over the broadcast and look of Strikeforce events.

But there is one big difference that fans immediately will notice when the recently purchased promotion next goes on air: the use of elbows on the ground.

UFC co-owner and executive Lorenzo Fertitta said the Strikeforce fighters now will compete under the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which allow the strikes.

Strikeforce currently forbids elbows on the ground. Officials claim they cause cuts that unfairly alter the course of a fight. Some MMA fans liked the rule while others said it neutered the action inside the cage.

Other than that significant rule change, though, UFC executives said everything will stay the same in the promotion, including the six-sided (hexagonal) Strikeforce cage and announcing teams, who are employed by Showtime.

Of course, the UFC will have suggestions for Showtime, though Fertitta said the two parties haven't met since the sale was completed this past Saturday.

"To make it real clear, Showtime controls the production, which includes the announcers; it includes how the show is broadcast ? all those different things," Fertitta said. "I'm sure that we'll give our input, and whether or not they take our input is entirely up to them."

Showtime executives haven't commented on the Strikeforce buyout. The premium-cable channel entered into a five-year agreement with the California-based promotion in February 2009 to broadcast up to 16 events per calendar year. The deal came in the wake of the 2008 collapse of ProElite Inc., which had previously partnered with Showtime for EliteXC events.

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker considered selling his promotion to the revamped ProElite before taking an offer from the UFC.

Both Fertitta and UFC president Dana White stressed that things will continue to be "business as usual" for their recent acquisition, though they admitted there are still several unknowns about how Strikeforce will coexist with its parent company and whether there will be crossover between the promotions.

There are, however, several small changes that Zuffa LLC is targeting, and those things first will be addressed when Strikeforce's next event, "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley," takes place April 9 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

"There's a lot of things we can do ? back of the house, in-house ? to help them out and make it a better experience for the fighters and the fans," White said. "But Showtime runs the production."

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22829/ufc-officials-elbow-strikes-coming-to-strikeforce-broadcast-teams-to-remain-intact.mma

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