Could we be witnessing the death of yet another MMA organization purchased by Zuffa? According to reliable sources, that is the talk from Showtime execs. right now. Shortly after the cancellation of their last event and news that Strikeforce’s Nov. 3 card has lost Frank Mir, Luke Rockhold and now Sara McMann, the future of the organization looks bleak.
Sources (may or may not be the same) have also verified with AXS TV’s Inside MMA that yes the talks are currently happening to shut down the company, which can only ‘ultimately’ be decided by Showtime per contract agreement.
“‘Inside MMA’ has heard from multiple sources that the relationship between Strikeforce and Showtime may be coming to an end. We are being told that the November 3rd event is in serious jeopardy, and there’s a strong possibility that Showtime will no longer broadcast Strikeforce events. This could very possibly signify the end of the Strikeforce brand. Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa in March of 2011. We have to receive any word from either Showtime or Strikeforce as this development continues.”
As Showtime and Strikeforce decide to go silent, signs are pointing to disbanding. What this would mean for the athletes could be good and or bad. The females do have the outlet of Invicta FC to migrate too, but with the lower platform will likely come less pay. For the men, not all will make the transition to the UFC brand. On the brighter side, this would help fighters that have been trapped in contract, on the shelves for some time to finally get work.