Earlier in the week we brought you news that Strikeforce were considering putting their future events on pay-per-view in the UK, and indeed that has now proven to be the case.
UK station ‘Primetime’, which is available on Sky (Channel 480), or via their website (www.primetimelive.co.uk) will be providing the stage of the tournament for £9.99 each, starting with Strikeforce: Fedor Vs Silva next weekend. Alternatively fans can pay to watch the full tournament (4 events in total) for £24.95.
Primetime have previously offered niche MMA shows from the likes of Moosin and Impact FC, but getting Strikeforce on-board is certainly a major coup for them.
It remains to be seen if the UK public will latch on to the pay-per-view model however, having previously been accustomed to watching Strikeforce events for free on Bravo before the station was shut down at the turn of the year.
The promotion are believed to have been seeking another free-TV deal, but have so far not been able to reach an agreement with a suitable network.
At this stage it appears the deal with Primetime only covers the grand-prix, so it’s still unclear how UK fans will be able to view other events on Strikeforce’s 2011 events calender.