Fedor Emelianenko put Strikeforce on the map...and may have played a part in their downfall.
Strikeforce is officially under the Zuffa banner as of May 9th, and Zuffa has been quick to put to work its plans
Since the news that Zuffa had bought Strikeforce back in March, there has been an enormous amount of speculation among MMA media and fans alike revolving around the future of the promotion. The UFC had been trying to find a way to break into the premium cable market for years, hoping to air their international events on a network like HBO or Showtime
Antonio Silva is still fresh off the biggest win of his career, beating down long time top heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko. Now, shortly after Zuffa bought Strikeforce, the #6 ranked heavyweight, wants to add another high-profile name to his resume. He called out former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar.
Todd Duffee says the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce moves the sport closer to the mainstream respect that other leagues like NBA or NFL get.