For Dep (via la2foru)
Tim, I didn't think it would end like this. But it did.
"The reality is we now own Strikeforce." - Dana White
Boy, did I pick a shitty day to sleep in.
Only the sparsest of rumors alluded to today's blockbuster. Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce is more of a fiscal maneuver than a flat-out dissolution/envelopment; Strikeforce will remain a separate entity for the time being, with no alteration to their current contract structure (I imagine it would be quite difficult to convert dozens of non-exclusive contracts into Zuffa deals overnight) or immediate fights between members of the respective rosters. In that sense, my enthusiasm is tempered - the cries of Overeem/Velasquez, Jacare/Maia, Melendez/Edgar and other drool-worthy hypothetical match-ups are slightly premature. I also wish that Dana would take this opportunity to shit-can both Barnett and Daley, though I'm heartened to hear White reiterate that Daley will never fight in the UFC again.
Over at Head Kick Legend, come on by for a breakdown of Dana's comments during the Helwani interview, analysis of the purchase's benefits to the UFC and MMA as a whole, and probably a little more gloating. I've been rowing this boat for years, and the land is closer than ever.