Some said it would never happen, but as usual with theLas Vegas-based company, the largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion on the planet is getting even bigger.
MMAFighting’s own Ariel Helwani just broke the news that the UFC has indeed purchased San Jose’s Strikeforce. In a 21 minute interview, Dana White explained what led up to the purchase and what the current plan is for both promotions. As of right now, the current course of action calls for Scott Coker (Strikeforce CEO) to continue to run his company and there will not be any “super-fights” in the foreseeable future.
Stay tuned for more news about the purchase, and what we think this means for the current state of Mixed Martial Arts. Until then, check out the video below:
- 0:48 “We just closed the deal”
- 0:53 “As we continue to expand, we need more fights”
- 1:10 “Strikeforce has a following, people enjoy the fights, it made sense to us”
- 2:05 “The deal happened quickly; I don’t want to disclose the details”
- 2:30 “The reality is we now own Strikeforce”
- 3:18 “Strikeforce is going to continue to run as business as usual, there are contracts in place, Showtime is happen with them, these guys will remain Strikeforce fighters. Could guys from the UFC leave and end up in Strikeforce? Yes absolutely.”
- 3:46 “Scott Coker is staying on, Scott is a good guy”
- 5:20 “Lorenzo can deal with Showtime”
- 6:00 “Scott Coker will continue to run that business (example: M-1 Global, Dan Henderson)