Strikeforce is sticking around. Despite the loss of its heavyweight division shortly after a Zuffa buyout, and only an eight-event partnership agreement with Showtime, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says ‘they will be around for years to come.’ During the recent Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson pre-fight conference call, press confronted Coker with the loss of his heavyweight division and questions of the promotions future.

“The heavyweight division, they all agreed that there wasn’t going to be enough athletes to support both [UFC and Strikeforce] and they wanted to bring some of the fights over there at that time,” Coker shared during Thursday’s conference call. “But now that the Showtime relationship has been renewed and it’s been solid, I think you’re going to see those great fights on the lighter weights – starting with light heavyweight on down in Strikeforce.”

Though the recent silence by the organization had made many believe that the promotion was in its last days, Coker refutes the suggestions with faith that the Strikeforce brand will live on.

“We have a great relationship with Showtime, I think we have provided great fights with great ratings. I think you’ll continue to see Strikeforce on Showtime for many years to come.”

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