Fans are the sure winners in ZUFFA-Strikeforce deal

Earlier today, Ariel Helwani from MMAfighting.com dropped a bomb on the Mixed Martial Arts world. Dana White has publicly announced that UFC’s parent company has purchased Strikeforce. Now with this recent news, what does that mean for the Strikeforce promotion? What does that mean for it’s most important asset, their fighters? Many of the fighters and personnel under the Strikeforce banner have had a past with the UFC and ZUFFA.

People like Frank Shamrock, Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett, Nick Diaz, Paul Daley, Pat Miletich and many more have a history with the UFC, Dana White or ZUFFA. Fighters like Fedor Emelianenko and his management don’t exactly think very highly of the new bosses. All those guys mentioned, don’t have the greatest of relationship with their new owners. With this drastic change in the business, heads will clash for sure, but at the end of the day money talks.

Dana White claims that it will be “business as usual” and they won’t co-promote with their newly purchased promotion. They’ll even still have Scott Coker as the front man of the brand as well. As much as they claim that things will remain the same, logically speaking the UFC could and might bring some of Strikeforce’s biggest names into the Octagon regardless of relationships and personal vedettas.

Could we see Alistair Overeem fight Cain Velasquez? What about Nick Diaz vs. Georges St.Pierre and Gilbert Melendez vs. Frankie Edgar? Or the biggest “dream” match of all, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar? The possibilities, match ups, and potential cash fights are endless.

It’s going to be a little bit weird seeing Strikeforce events being advertised during UFC events, but now that this is a reality, let’s pay close attention to the future. ZUFFA will honor Strikeforce’s contracts and planned events like Diaz vs. Daley and the World Heavyweight Grand Prix should continue according to plan. The most important part of this purchase, fans will get to see more of the best Mixed Martial Artists get exposure and compete.

Questions about ZUFFA’s purchase of Strikeforce:

- How much power does Scott Coker have now as the CEO of Strikeforce?

- Will people who work for Strikeforce leave because of the recent deal?

- Could fighters under the Strikeforce banner get cut easily like their UFC cousins?

- With a huge chunk of MMA’s biggest stars now working under the same banner, does this mean a Fighter’s Union could become a reality?

- Will women continue to get the needed exposure in Strikeforce?

- How many more Strikeforce events will we have left?

- How long before we see a Strikeforce / UFC merger like WEC?

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24 Comments

  1. Avatar of IGMBurninPiff

    IGMBurninPiff

    March 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

    1rst change that needs to be made is… get strikeforce new announcers, Ring announcer, and cageside announcers.

  2. Avatar of grapplure

    grapplure

    March 13, 2011 at 12:40 am

    good move for the ufc they better make super fights like overeem vs brock fedor vs cain

  3. Avatar of Bodhidharma

    Bodhidharma

    March 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Wow! I just hope it leads to some of those super fights we been wanting to see! Fedor vs any of the top UFC HW would be great. I have a feeling though since UFC isn’t going to agree to co-promote with M1, fedor and his russian mafia friends will be exiting the stage pretty soon here….

  4. Avatar of taz

    taz

    March 13, 2011 at 12:47 am

    they should have bas rutten and the voice, they did a great job at the pre fights for silva vs fedor.

  5. Avatar of slickrick

    slickrick

    March 13, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Uh Oh … Paul Daley isnt happy about this merger … he had this to say:

    “Business as usual, what if i dont wanna fight for DANA WHITE/ZUFFA?……Dana white bans me for life from the UFC, Then buys STRIKEFORCE, and thinks im still gonna be EASY and fight on one of the most anticipated fights of the year (vs Diaz)? Which will no doubt make ZUFFA/Dana White money.”

    Daley vs Diaz still on?…..Someone better holla at my manager real quick.

    … I sure hope that fight still goes ahead!!

  6. Avatar of Angeles0

    Angeles0

    March 13, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Hope all strikeforce’s top fighter contracts hurry and expire so we can get them over to the UFC and see all these fights everybody wants to see!!!Finally

  7. Avatar of swamp rat

    swamp rat

    March 13, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Daley is already balking on this buyout. He said this on his Facebook page;

    “Paul Daley
    Business as usual, what if i dont wanna fight for DANA WHITE/ZUFFA?……Dana white bans me for life from the UFC, Then buys STRIKEFORCE, and thinks im still gonna be EASY and fight on one of the most anticipated fights of the year (vs Diaz…)? Which will no doubt make ZUFFA/Dana White money.

    Daley vs Diaz still on?…..Someone better holla at my manager real quick.
    Quote:
    Not sure what im gonna do right now, honestly…fight for the Strikeforce and be Strikeforce champ, put money in ZUFFA/Dana Whites pockets? Or fight here in the UK for BAMMA, who appreciate my brand, and have my loyal fans, family and media support me. For real.”

  8. Avatar of Angeles0

    Angeles0

    March 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Lmao paul daley crybaby ass…dont like it then leave..the sport will go on without you!!!

  9. Avatar of fllc

    fllc

    March 13, 2011 at 1:57 am

    lets face it, for the fans its huge, for the fighters isn’t.

  10. Avatar of hinrik

    hinrik

    March 13, 2011 at 3:14 am

    I cant believe how stupid daley is, he should grow up

  11. Avatar of falcon4917

    falcon4917

    March 13, 2011 at 3:22 am

    very true overall.

  12. Avatar of HunterB

    HunterB

    March 13, 2011 at 4:00 am

    T666 is that you weaking everything on these merger pages

  13. Avatar of HunterB

    HunterB

    March 13, 2011 at 4:00 am

    T666 is that you weaking everything on these merger pages

  14. Avatar of ksooner76

    ksooner76

    March 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

    what sucks is with no compition against Zuffa will be harder for fighters to
    get paid more cause they control it all….sucks

  15. Avatar of jamo

    jamo

    March 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

    i don’t like this. strikeforce was kickin the ufc’s ass this year so they had to buy them just like they did pride. i we see what they did with pride. i don’t like the ufc events and choose not to watch them because their fights are boring. now we get to see boring ass fights and weak ass matchups just like the ufc. if we do see any superfights, they’ll be surrounded by boring lay and pray bullshit matchups. the famous and classic grappler vs. striker. i hope all the top strikeforce fighters transfer to dream where the rules and the atmosphere for fighting is much better than the overrated giant. i hope this doesn’t ruin mma for me for it is my favorite sport. but i used to love boxing and now i haven’t seen a match in over 10 years. please don’t phuck it up dana.

  16. Avatar of EnsonInoue

    EnsonInoue

    March 13, 2011 at 8:02 am

    mma is zuffa now eventually bellator will be the minors of the ufc

  17. Avatar of knn03

    knn03

    March 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

    sh*t

  18. Avatar of azzkika

    azzkika

    March 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I dont know why you get weaked. Some people are just plain ignorant I suppose. A great product that was Strikeforce may be short lived. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but a monopoly is bad for everyone other than the owners. Always has been always will be. Anyone says different is daft.

  19. Avatar of slickrick

    slickrick

    March 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    lol some peple are so stupid .. why ‘weak’ my previous comment .. I was merely passing on information to you guys.

  20. Avatar of wartaal677

    wartaal677

    March 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    dana was always talking shit about sf, but this is the proof that dana inside knew all the time that sf has worlds best fighters….Now finally fedor,overeem and silva can show that heavyweights of sf are better than ufc, only cain can keep up with them nobody else

  21. Avatar of postmortem

    postmortem

    March 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    from what i read coker was activley looking for buyers they just didnt have the resources to keep strikeforce going although i know some people had a dream of strikeforce taking over i think that we can all agree that this is better than strikeforce just throwing in the towel or getting bought out by those losers at PROelite formely elite xc. also to all the crybabys this is not a monopoly people are free to open up new orgs anytime they want and sign whoever they can afford. a monopoly would be if the ufc owned all the major venues in the US or at least the rights to put on a show there and sole rights to broadcast mma on cable and primetime thus eliminating even the possibilty of a rival org. as it stands now anyone with the money and the desire can open a new org have fights wherever they please and make any kind of tv deals they want.

  22. Avatar of JTalbain

    JTalbain

    March 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    It could in the end equal high paychecks for the fighters. Zuffa buying Strikeforce means that SF can now hold events anywhere that UFC can, and if their pools of fighters merge somewhat, there will be more possible matchups that everyone wants to see. If it grows the sport of MMA in general and helps it become more profitable, everyone should make more money.

  23. Avatar of griffin

    griffin

    March 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

    the voice is cool but i cant stand his voice for more than 1 fight. Get Bas and kenny or Bas and bonar

  24. Avatar of SHAKEZULA

    SHAKEZULA

    March 14, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Im a UFC kinda guy, i dont mind SF at all, i like their cards and alot of their fighters. so i think its a plus. More fighters, better PPV, whats not to like about the whole thing.

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