I dont think Strikeforce would disappear. That would be an error on Zuffa part. It makes complete sense to own the 2nd tier MMA organization. All we are seeing right now, are the UFC quality fighters that fought in Strikeforce, being moved over. Thats what Strikeforce is going to become. The testing ground. To merge in into the UFC would be to dilute the product quality. There may be popular fighters that make money, but are not good enough. To keep them in the UFC, would make the quality drop. To lose them to another org, would lose them money.
The only way to keep the UFC as the golden product with ALL the best fighters, and very little C level ones, is to control the feeder orgs, not merge with them.
Have to disagree. If they had been looking for a "testing ground" for new fighters or fighters that got cut from ufc, they wouldn't have absorbed WEC into ufc and instead would have just added new divisions into WEC aswell.
Much better to absorb the fighters into ufc and have more ufc cards instead. You don't need a second tier organization for the newer fighters to use as testing ground when you can stack the undercards (specially when you host 3-5 more cards per year with the absorbed SF fighters) with them instead.
"When I land that left hook, the fight will be over." -Paul Daley (He called it!)