How much did Bellator influence the UFC/SF deal?
With the (very) recent Strikeforce/UFC deal announced, there's basically just Zuffa MMA and Bellator in the big leagues at this point.
It doesn't seem like this was a heavily planned absorption by Dana White, as he's been bashing Strikeforce and their fighters as recently as last week.
To me it seemed as if the UFC management had all their attention on Strikeforce and got blindsided by Bellator's big MTV deal. For those of you that don't get MTV, free live fights are now broadcasted every Saturday night on a major cable channel.
Before this went down I was sure Strikeforce and Bellator would be striking up a deal. What does everyone else think? Was the purchase of Strikeforce in part a reaction to Bellator's new MTV contract?
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