Strikeforce confirms its demise

by Luke Thomas | source:

Consider it official: Strikeforce is closing its doors and its final show will be on Jan. 12th. The promotion announced the news Thursday confirming it was ceasing operations as well as laying out the bouts on its last fight card.

"Since 2009, Showtime has been a great partner and we appreciate its support of Strikeforce and our athletes," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. "For our final event, we've loaded the card with some outstanding fights. This is going to be a memorable night for the sport of mixed martial arts."

"We are proud of our association with Scott Coker and the entire Strikeforce team," said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports. "From Gina Carano to Ronda Rousey, Fedor Emelianenko to Daniel Cormier, Nick Diaz to Gilbert Melendez, Showtime Sports and Strikeforce have built some of the biggest stars in the sport and have produced many of the most watched and most intriguing fights in the history of MMA. We look forward to another night of competitive and explosive Strikeforce fights on Showtime on January 12 in OKC."

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YousHerName site profile image  

12/21/12 9:00 PM by YousHerName

About fucking time god damn. It was like an abyss that sucked away tons of good fighters that were hardly ever seen again. Let all those motherfuckers loose

JerodR site profile image  

12/21/12 8:38 PM by JerodR

The UFC has too many fighters under contract and everyone needs good competition in business so there will always be another company coming up the ranks. Until the UFC has a structure set up to that of the NFL or similar, they will continue to go down this path. The key is to be your own competitor so to speak, but as long as people are competing agains the UFC they are going to lose. The key I think is to make it so they are not competing against the UFC, but under it. I'm sure I will repeat this until I am blue in the face but one of these days I hope Dana reads it...You need two organizations.. Lets Say Zuffa and StrikeforceZuffa has their own champions:HW- Junior Dos SantosLHW- Jon JonesMW- Anderson SilvaWW- GSPLW- Bendo HendersonFW- Jose AldoBW- Dominick CruzFW- Demetrious JohnsonStrikeforce has their own champions:HW- Daniel CormierLHW- Whoever...?MW- Luke RockholdWW- Nate MarquardtLW- Gilber MelendezFW- Whoever...BW- Whoever...FW- Whoever...Each organizations have title fights throughout the year, and then each champion once per year defends against the opposing champion to find out who is the Ultimate Fighting Champion...kind of like a superbowl title. This would give tons of options as you have two organizations and many title holders. It would give the public champion vs. champion matches that everyone is always wanting to see. It would also keep the UFC as the gold standard so to speak. They would be the NFL, NHL, NBA of MMA. The only negative I could see is when/how to come up with the structure for champion vs. champion. Scheduling would be the big issue. However you should be able to have a champion vs. champion fight at least every 2 months or so.

mr nemo site profile image  

12/21/12 7:44 PM by mr nemo

It sucks that it's going out but it will be very interesting to see Cormier in the UFC heavyweight division!

Glovegate site profile image  

12/21/12 6:51 PM by Glovegate

Business as usual.

Kings21 site profile image  

12/21/12 6:35 PM by Kings21

All of those companies have one thing in common other than being purchased by Zuffa and eventually folding into the UFC. They all found themselves in a situation where they needed to sell. Its also pointless for Zuffa to have these other companies under their banner. Having all these other fighters in strikeforce has just delayed awesome matchups for years and now we finally get to see them. Bellator is now in a great position with their only real top competition being the UFC. They have their spike deal and that proved to be a good platform for the UFC. Theres also other orgs that pop up all the time. The UFC hardly has a monopoly its just a hard business to just break into.

CindyO site profile image  

12/21/12 5:58 PM by CindyO

Dumb post is dumb.   Cindy

reflector site profile image  

12/21/12 3:26 PM by reflector

I hope Showtime will still show MMA in the future.

Tru site profile image  

12/21/12 3:05 PM by Tru

did not read the article FRAT, but since the day zuffa took over, I have heard anyone worth lsitening to say that strikeforce would be dead in december in 2012.  Looks like they were right.  Strikeforce pre zuffa purchase weas my fav org.  rip strikeforce.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

12/21/12 12:38 PM by MMALOGIC

do you see the NFL getting into the arena football business or rugby?

fightharder site profile image  

12/21/12 11:57 AM by fightharder

If that was only possible. I really do not think there will be a big enough market for professional kickboxing in the States. It is one of the most mindblowing things to me. I cannot understand why K-1 never really got embraced by American fans in large enough numbers. But i guess it is something in the DNA and i personally do not think it will change anytime soon.   Lets hope Showtime will be able to grow into a mature organisation in Europe and Japan/the rest of Asia and get a toehold in the States as well.   As for Strikeforce,i do think it is a missed oppertunity. The UFC/Zuffa could really have benefitted from there relationship with Showtime aka Viacom. It would have also stiffled the leeway Bellator could have made. But because of those reasons i do believe,we as fans,are better off with the death of Strikeforce. It will give Bellator the full support of they need and create a solid competitor for the UFC in the long term.   And lets be honest,Strikeforce businessplan really did not succeed anymore. While i did enjoy there shows i do not believe they differentiated themselves enough to be of value as a seperate brand. Plus with the Fox deal going you really could not expect the UFC to keep a partnership with Showtime going (even though whats good for Fox is not necessarily good for the UFC...they kind of forgot that i think).   I do not understand the irrational hate against the UFC though. Some people act that the UFC is an inferior organisation that is destroying the purity of MMA. That is silly,the UFC puts on the most exciting fights in MMA and currently has by far the best competitors. They did not kill Pride (there Yakuza ownership and the social and commercial backlash did that) and were always a stronger more entertaining organisation then either Strikeforce or WEC. So while i do agree with the fact that more competition in professional MMA is beneficial to both fighters,the future of the sport of MMA and eventually us fans,i do not believe you need to bash the UFC because of this.