In business you must be able to compromise and come to an agreement with your partner(s) if you want the partnership to succeed. According to UFC legend Randy Couture, those basic business essentials could not be made between Zuffa and Showtime, which will equate to the slow bleeding demise of Strikeforce promotions.That looks to be exactly what is happening as back-to-back events cancel – followed by UFC president Dana White announcing plans to bring the womens division to the UFC. Here’s what Couture told MMA Uncensored Live.
“Yeah, there are some questions there. I know the Showtime relationship with Zuffa has been rocky. I know they hoped to renew that relationship and build that relationship, but they weren’t able to pull that off. I think you’re gonna see the Strikeforce guys absorbed and plucked like they did the WEC. So, then the question is, is Ryan gonna be one of those guys they want to keep, or is he gonna be one of those guys that gets cut loose? Where are we gonna go with him? The Showtime contract’s up this year, so early next year, I think you’ll see something happen.”
Couture’s son Ryan is currently a contract fighter in the dwindling promotion. What the death of Strikeforce will mean for Ryan is anyone’s guess according to Couture senior.
“At the end of the day, it’s really Ryan’s decision. They’re not gonna do you any favors in the UFC. It’s the deepest division in their promotion, at 155. And, you only get one chance at it, really. I think Ryan’s right there. He’s knocking on the door, with the level of competition. He can do whatever he wants. I think he’s capable, but we’ll see where he ends up.”
Ryan currently helps run Xtreme Couture in his fathers absence as he trains for his own MMA career. The young 155 pound grappler stands at 5-1 in Strikeforce promotions since going pro in Aug. 2010. You can expect Ryan as well as all other notable fighters in the league to show up for a Jan. “super-card” that will likely be the deciding factor of the future of Strikeforce and its survival.