Many believe ZUFFA is counting down the days until they can fold the smaller promotion, particularly since they are on the cusp of erasing the heavyweight class from Strikeforce and the website hasn’t functioned properly in weeks. However, Strikeforce.com is up and running again, and Coker claims ridding themselves of their 265-pounders was a mutual decision.
“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.”
“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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