As the dust settles on the UFC’s purchase of the Strikeforce promotion it has emerged that they were not the only potential bidder.

ProElite Inc, the company once run by boxing promoter Gary Shaw, but since taken over by the Stratus Media Group, was also believed to be in negotiations to buy Strikeforce, a source told MMAJunkie.

ProElite are of course best known for running the EliteXC organization which between 2007-2008 was seen as a rival to the UFC, and was home to a number of Strikeforce’s current stars such as KJ Noons, Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler and Gina Carano.

The promotion collapsed in late 2008 after a series of problems, culminating with their biggest and most heavily promoted star Kimbo Slice being knocked out in just 14 seconds at what would prove to be their last ever event.

It appears the parent company ProElite’s interest in being a force in MMA hasn’t diminished since, and rumor has it that they have been attempting to purchase Strikeforce since early 2010 before ramping up their interest considerably in the past month.

Of course we now know that the UFC also began to take an interest in the second biggest promotion in the sport recently, and the fact that ProElite were also in the running may have prompted them to act swiftly to bring the matter to a resolution with a better offer.