Don't see why everyone thinks this is good news. For the sport and UFC to grow, they need more secondary organisations providing opportunities for fighters to prove themselves.
Strikeforce also can provide an opportunity for Zuffa to recruit promising talent that isn't quite UFC ready, have an alternative to totally dropping fighters totally from their roster, target a different audience segment (cheaper price point), and it gives them more media opportunities.
Having Strikeforce is better for Zuffa and the UFC in the long term from a fighter and fan perspective. This has to be a cost issue.
Not really. SF was like 5 or 6 cards a year. With many of the same fighters.
The UFC can easily take in many guys as they have more cards than ever right now.
Their minor league is called Fuel cards. Or the 10 Ultimate Fighters they seem to do a year now.
There are plenty more small organizations that housed many more fighters than SF. So it isn't a big deal.
Of course it is a cost issue. Why would you continue to put on more events that get canceled or just suck? When tehy don't even want t partner with Showtime in the first place. They have so many free cards noow that I don't see how it matters much.