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RUMOR: Strikeforce to be disbanded immediately, fighters to the UFC.
Daniel Rubenstein @dannyrube
Hearing rumors StrikeForce is folding from multiple people. I'm not a reporter, so people should go to work and confirm this please.
Hearing @Strikeforce is being disbanded immediately. It is no more. Another promotion goes by the wayside.
Edit: Now Sarah McMann is injured (with an undisclosed injury) and pulls out of the next Strikeforce card. A card which is less than 4 weeks away and has two fights on it.
Not confirmed so I've listed it as a rumor, Meltzer has also confirmed he and Dana have been texting and Dana has "game changing news" for those of you who don't know, Rockhold isn't fighting on the November card and DC still doesn't have an opponent.
In a chatroom I've just heard that Strikeforce is closing and Dana is thinking of Ronda/Cyborg on an FX card for a one night thing. No legit source but since it's a rumor thread I thought I'd say.
EDIT: Would LOVE for it to happen tbh. I wanted it for a long time. It's about time we see the best fighters fighting the best fighters. Bellator is good for interesting yet not as talented older fighters or up and comers, while Strikeforce is just wasting talent at this point.
Well Strikeforce can't afford canceling cards because fighters get injured. Even though Zuffa owns SF, it's still run as its own identity in a small way, and it's losing a lot of money canceling cards, and not to mention its not exactly mega profitable to begin with, not that its doing bad.
If thats two cards canceled back to back, Zuffa would lose hundreds of millions.
dear god i hope this is true!!! There is no need in ZUFFA owner 2 orgs is counter productive! Bring the best guys in the UFC and lets the lesser known guys join other orgs to make a name for them selfs
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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.
Don't like the immediate disbanding, I'd like to see 2/3 shows to cull down the LW/WW/MW's. Those last Pride and WEC shows were fantastic for that reason.
Really happy to see the Middleweights class come over, Luke Rockhold, Robbie Lawler, Jacare Souza, Tim Kennedy, Lorenz Larkin, Keith Jardine , and Roger Gracie.
Welterweight Class I'm less enthused about, Marquardt, Santiago, and Misaki are all UFC caliber guys but not the most exciting or consistent guys. Jordan Mein and Tarec Saffiedine might make an impact, Woodley is going to be hated.
Lightweights really need to have some cut fights because I think only one or two of those guys can hang in the UFC (Masvidal and Melendez). It will be fun to see Noons, Couture, and Thompson even though I doubt those guys will be around a year from now.