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A promotional crossover fight between longtime UFC heavyweight Frank Mir and Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier is a "one-time situation," not a sign of things to come, according to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

Mir, a former champion, will meet Cormier under the Strikeforce banner on Showtime in October. It marks the first time a major draw for the UFC will cross over since Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, acquired Strikeforce in March 2011.

Several Strikeforce champions, including lightweight Gilbert Melendez and middleweight Luke Rockhold, have long requested fights opposite UFC talent.

In an interview with ESPN.com, Fertitta stated that fans shouldn't expect that to happen.

"You're not going to see more of it," Fertitta said. "This is a one-time situation."

The unique state of the Strikeforce heavyweight division stands as the major reason the crossover fight was booked.

In December, the promotion announced its intent to dissolve the weight class, but that the winner of the Grand Prix would stay under contract for a final appearance.

Officials had previously stated Cormier (10-0), who defeated Josh Barnett in the Grand Prix finals in May, would head to the UFC in 2013.

Fertitta stated Mir was approved to head to Strikeforce only after discussions took place with Fox Network, which the UFC entered into a seven-year broadcasting deal with in August 2011.

"It was a situation where Cormier had to fight one more time for Showtime," Fertitta said. "All the Strikeforce heavyweights had come to the UFC and that didn't leave us with a stable of guys. We wanted to put on a very relevant fight that is credible.

"We had to talk to Fox about it and because Cormier is coming to the UFC after this last fight, we could go ahead and give him that fight."

In regards to the matchup itself, Fertitta expressed his excitement on the bout.

"Cormier is the real deal and he's going to be fighting a guy with incredible pedigree," Fertitta said. "If Frank Mir wins, he's all of a sudden back in the mix. From his perspective it was a good thing, otherwise he had to get in the back of the line."

In December, Strikeforce renewed a broadcasting deal with the potential to keep fights on Showtime for multiple years.

Prior to those negotiations, the UFC caused waves by signing away from Strikeforce the likes of Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem. Since the new deal, UFC president Dana White has stated no more Strikeforce talent would move.

VIA: http://espn.go.com/mma/

anyone believing this ?

8/7/12 12:06 PM
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 as i said...this was just to prevent tim from fighting in strikeforce
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Wait so Fox has decision making authority when the UFC is doing match making? Phone Post
8/7/12 12:11 PM
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Brigham -  Wait so Fox has decision making authority when the UFC is doing match making? Phone Post

 cormier probably already has a fight lined up on fox...fox may have matchmaking veto rights on fights on their card
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So they won't be sending anyone over to fight Melendez?

What does Gilbert do now? Who does he fight next?
8/7/12 12:13 PM
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superChaelo - So they won't be sending anyone over to fight Melendez?

What does Gilbert do now? Who does he fight next?

 Melendez vs Healy, 9/29
8/7/12 12:14 PM
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isn't SHO owned by Fox?

8/7/12 12:19 PM
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superChaelo - So they won't be sending anyone over to fight Melendez?

What does Gilbert do now? Who does he fight next?

 Melendez vs Healy, 9/29


Such a shame for Melendez. He needs to be fighting guys like Edgar, henderson, maynard and nate diaz.
8/7/12 12:24 PM
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Brigham - Wait so Fox has decision making authority when the UFC is doing match making? <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Fox probably has veto power over fighters in the UFC performing on a competitor's network (in this case, Showtime), not over matchmaking in general.
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 aw. i want it a many time deal
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Depressing. The top Strikeforce guys are watching the best years of their career waste away... Phone Post
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 " "If Frank Mir wins, he's all of a sudden back in the mix. "

Wonderful.
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catbath - Depressing. The top Strikeforce guys are watching the best years of their career waste away... Phone Post
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So StrikeForce Champions will not be seen as "real" champions due to no fault of their own?
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orcus -  " "If Frank Mir wins, he's all of a sudden back in the mix. "

Wonderful.
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Brigham -  Wait so Fox has decision making authority when the UFC is doing match making? Phone Post

 no but im sure zuffa wanted to be diplomatic about it and make sure fox knows it's happening...  Fox and Zuffa are in a 7 year deal...  fox could bury the ufc if it wanted to... Zuffa is letting fox know that they can move their marketable ufc fighters to SF as leverage. 
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Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku -  as i said...this was just to prevent tim from fighting in strikeforce
I just dont get danas hate for sylvia....he wasnt just a one time, got lucky champ fell off and went has been

He is a multi time champion and the posterboy for their hw division for a while....youd think even if dana didnt want him to fight there would at least still,be a home for him,in,the ufc offices or something...

he is putting wins together. Yes he lost a couple he shouldnt have ever lost but sometimes thats the way the cookie crumbles...

Hes still competant, has skillz, a chin and desire so it shoulda been tim Phone Post
8/7/12 1:31 PM
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savage animal - isn't SHO owned by Fox?

No. CBS (which is run by Sumner Redstone the head of Viacom - they just spun it off but it's all the same company really).
 
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 the SF deal ends this march unless it's extended.  ZUffa is waiting for fox to step up and re-work the deal and if they do Lorenzo will fold SF up like a cheap suit and absorb the fighters into the ufc.
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MMALOGIC -  the SF deal ends this march unless it's extended.  ZUffa is waiting for fox to step up and re-work the deal and if they do Lorenzo will fold SF up like a cheap suit and absorb the fighters into the ufc.


Needs to happen quickly.

Get rid of Strikeforce once and for all, at last.
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MMALOGIC -  the SF deal ends this march unless it's extended.  ZUffa is waiting for fox to step up and re-work the deal and if they do Lorenzo will fold SF up like a cheap suit and absorb the fighters into the ufc.
I call shenanigans on you: Lorenzo has no cheap suits!!
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MMALOGIC -  the SF deal ends this march unless it's extended.  ZUffa is waiting for fox to step up and re-work the deal and if they do Lorenzo will fold SF up like a cheap suit and absorb the fighters into the ufc.

 this!
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Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku -  as i said...this was just to prevent tim from fighting in strikeforce
I just dont get danas hate for sylvia....he wasnt just a one time, got lucky champ fell off and went has been

He is a multi time champion and the posterboy for their hw division for a while....youd think even if dana didnt want him to fight there would at least still,be a home for him,in,the ufc offices or something...

he is putting wins together. Yes he lost a couple he shouldnt have ever lost but sometimes thats the way the cookie crumbles...

Hes still competant, has skillz, a chin and desire so it shoulda been tim Phone Post
I really don't understand why anyone would think Sylvia is a title contender. Not in strikeforce, def not in the UFC, maybe KOC but even than its a stretch Phone Post

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