Written By: Ryan Brown
Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC announces to AOL-Time Warner’s MMA Fighting in an online video interview that they have purchased Strikeforce, their number one competitor. Dana White tells Ariel Helwani, “Strikeforce is going to continue to run business as usual… Strikeforce pulls good ratings for Showtime.” The UFC has previously bought Pride FC, WEC, and now Strikeforce. With this MMA media conglomerate now owning its only competitor, what can we expect? Although Scott Coker is to remain CEO, we can’t expect the same attention to be given to the organization with Zuffa, LLC overseeing the operations. My guess is that sometime in the near future, the Strikeforce contracts will be fulfilled and the organization dissolved into the UFC, only to hear nothing about Strikeforce again besides the occasional sighting of a logo here and there.
A monopoly is definitely preventable; there’s Bellator Fighting Championships which is in the early stage of a 3 year agreement with MTV2. BFC has the ever exciting, Roger Huerta, the Sherdog.com #5 ranked lightweight in the world, Eddie Alvarez and a recent installment of former WEC lightweight champion, Razor Rob McCullough. Bellator has also shown love to Houston by agreeing to a 3 fight deal with Chad “Robo” Robichaux and having recently added Houston transplant Adam Schindler. They could be next in line to carry the torch as UFC’s number one competitor.
Also, with Dana White clearly stating, “Never!” when asked by TMZ if we’d ever see women fight in the UFC, this too leaves the door open for other organizations that are already creating the trend. Goliath will inevitably have to face David.
|About the Author
Ryan Brown has been training and covering the sport of MMA since 2001. In 2002, he and a friend set up the first UFC and K-1 “watch parties” in Humble by paying the bar’s PPV fees. Having trained and covered the sport in Houston, Corpus Christi, and Austin, he has had an opportunity to see the sport grow tremendously in Texas. After moving back to Houston, a chance encounter with TapouT Magazine & MMA Worldwide’s Adam Villarreal encouraged him to re-establish himself in the industry. As a devout fan, he stills brings an unbiased perspective. Follow him on Twitter | Facebook