Zuffa LLC, the parent company of UFC, has taken over their competition, Strikeforce. Yes, the largest mixed martial arts promotion in the world just got bigger by announcing Saturday that it acquired Strikeforce, a solid No. 2 MMA organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It's literally official right now. We literally just purchased Strikeforce,” said UFC President Dana White to MMAFIGHTING.COM. “I don't want to disclose any of the details on how the deal was done, but the reality is that we now own Strikeforce.”
“As we go out and [continue to expand], we need more fights. Let's face facts. Strikeforce is a brand that fans have come to like and [the fans] enjoy the fights that they're putting on. So it made sense to us,” said White. “Our job is to put on the big fights that fans want to see, and as we continue to travel [abroad], we have to put on the right fights in these other countries.”
“Strikeforce is going to continue to run -- business as usual. There are contracts in place, and we honor contracts. These guys pull good ratings on Showtime, and all of those contracts are going to be honored. These guys are going to remain Strikeforce fighters.”
“We've signed a deal with Scott Coker. He's staying on. You've seen me battle with guys over the years, but I’ve never had a bad thing to say about Scott Coker. I’ve known Scott since the K-1 days. Scott is a good guy.”