Fighters Only gives their analysis on the purchase:
Strikeforce’s deal with Showtime has two years left to run and so for the next two years, Strikeforce effectively becomes what the WEC used to be. It serves as somewhere for the UFC fighters it doesn’t want to outright discard but doesn’t want for the UFC, and it serves to block another promotion making a home on the Showtime network in key slots currently occupied by Strikeforce.-- Click here for the full read.
In two years, Strikeforce will cease to exist. As soon as Showtime are out of the picture it will be absorbed into the UFC and the brand name will be laid to rest, possibly even ending up on the gravestone that Dana White has in the Zuffa office, inscribed with the names of other rival promotions who stepped up to challenge the UFC’s dominance.
Yesterday’s deal in some ways makes Bellator, with its MTV 2 deal, the number two US promotion. Its hard to escape the feeling that the turrets of Zuffa HQ are soon going to be turning slowly but inexorably in their direction. There will be no peace in the North American MMA war until Zuffa has won.
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