The fate of the Strikeforce promotion could be known in the near future according to UFC president Dana White.
Following today’s UFC 136 pre-fight press conference in Texas, White told reporters that ZUFFA CEO Lorenzo Fertitta is currently in New York holding a meeting with Showtime execs about the possibility of them exercising their right to extent their current television deal which ends early next year.
White stated that he would be speaking with Fertitta following the press conference to establish whether the matter had now come to a conclusion.
Many observers, including this author, have speculated for some time that Strikeforce appeared to be on it’s way out. In particular, the exodus of many of the promotion’s top stars to the UFC in recent months, including champions Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem has been a clear indication that Zuffa, who bought the fight company back in April, are not interested in keeping it running long-term.
With more fighters expected to make the switch to the UFC in the coming months and Strikeforce’s flagship heavyweight tournament semi-finals proving to be a ratings flop it’s hard to imagine Showtime committing to broadcasting their events for another year.