When the UFC’s parent company Zuffa purchased their biggest rival, Strikeforce earlier this year, it came with a statement that it would be ‘business as usual’ for both promotion’s, and that the Strikeforce’s staff would be along for the ride.
That’s not quite how things have panned out as time goes on however, with the existing Strikeforce staff appearing to be gradually phased out.
Arguably the most significant casualty so far is Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou who has been let go and replaced by former WEC matchmaker Sean Shelby.
Scott Coker had been a big admirer of Chou and prior to the takeover by Zuffa had claimed that one day Chou would take over his role as the head of the company. It seems that even Coker is not immune to the recent shuffle however, with it emerging earlier this week that his title is no longer ‘CEO’ of the promotion, but rather the ‘General Manager.’
Rumors of Strikeforce employees being let go have been swirling since not long after the buyout, but according to BJPenn.com the entire staff excluding Coker and the ring girls were let go this week.
It’s believed that all those let go will have the opportunity to apply for jobs within Zuffa in the future. Nevertheless, for the time being many of the people who helped get the promotion to where it is today are now without a job.