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First it was PRIDE, then the WEC. Now add Strikeforce to the list.

UFC president Dana White today announced in an interview with MMA Fighting that Zuffa, LLC, the parent company for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has purchased Strikeforce.

Terms of the purchase were not immediately disclosed, but White characterized the franchise as “a good deal.”

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the deal Saturday morning, though request for comments by both UFC and Strikeforce officials went unanswered.

White said under the terms of the purchase, Strikeforce talent will remain on the promotion’s roster for the time being, though UFC fighters could potentially make their way into the organization.

“Strikeforce is going to continue to run business as usual,” White told MMA Fighting. “There’s contracts in place. These guys are on Showtime. Strikeforce pulls good ratings for Showtime. I think Showtime is happy with them. All those contracts will be honored. These guys are going to remain Strikeforce fighters.

“Could guys from the UFC leave and end up over in Strikeforce? Yeah.”

Showtime officials also declined to comment on the transaction when contacted by MMAjunkie.com.

Similar to Zuffa’s retention of World Extreme Cagefighting executive Reed Harris following the 2006 purchase of his company, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will remain on with the company.

White ruled out the possibility off cross-promotion “superfights” featuring fighters from both promotions and said current fighter contracts, broadcast deals and partnerships will be unaffected.

  • RUSTY

    @viewtvshow

    mma is the fastest growing sport on the planet, and the ufc is more than a promotion its a brand now, its worth millions. if you think it wont last then you are deluded.

    @chuva

    japanese mma promotions are on the decline mate, big article in fighters only about it.

    @mike oxafloppin

    gsp will never go to strikeforce, if gsp beats shields and doesnt move up then they will just bring the guys from strikeforce in to the ufc, not the other way round.

    as soon as strikeforce starts making bigger money under the zuffa banner then dana will bring the talent over, probably starting with the heavyweights, then working down.

    he said wec would stay its own promotion, and look what eventually happened. he probably said the same about pride.

  • cheesehandler

    @theviewtvshow….we’re at ufc 129 and your talkin about ufc wont last. what are you, like 6? you obviously have no clue on anything thats relevent

  • Mike Oxafloppin

    @ Chuva

    You might want to stick with K-1 then considering Dream is about to go under

  • Chuva

    Dana is the Vince McMahon of MMA. Fears competition and buys it out at the first chance.

    I still watch MMA, but not UFC. It’s become stale and boring. I’ll take Dream or any Japanese promotion over it any day. Hell, even K1. UFC is just superstars out for a paycheck.

  • Jushin Liger

    this is only going to make the fighters themselves suffer.Just like with the WWE buying WCW years ago.Fighter will not have any leverage for getting higher pay and will have to take whatever money they can get from Zuffa.This the there way of making money hand over fist while paying lower and mid card fighters 5k to 25k per fighter.These poor guys will barely have enough to cover medical bills when it is all said and done.Dana and the F bros. are nothing but high dollar slumlords.Also for us a fans the ufc now has nobody coming up as competition and they know they can throw any old lackluster fight card together and we will now only have the choice of swallowing it or turning off the t.v.

  • Mike Oxafloppin

    Looks like GSP will be moving to Strikeforce if he beats Shields, fresh new welterweights to dry hump and bore us to death, cuz we all no he doesn’t have the balls to fight Anderson…willingly

  • theviewtvshow

    ufc wont last its shitful

  • http://www.youtube.com/jonjon535353 Jon-Jon

    I don’t see why Dana wouldn’t want to have inter-promotional “superfights”. They can be BIG money fights if done properly.

  • Gary

    I like it, In other words this will be a FCW for UFC…They will milk Strikeforce for ‘stars’ and send no names or ‘dying stars’ to Strike force….Good look for UFC-( The WWE of MMA )

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