Those of you hoping to see more UFC fighters cross into Strikeforce (Gilbert, I’m looking at you) are about to be disappointed.
“You’re not going to see more of it,” Fertitta said. “This is a one-time situation.”
“It was a situation where Cormier had to fight one more time for Showtime,” Fertitta said. “All the Strikeforce heavyweights had come to the UFC and that didn’t leave us with a stable of guys. We wanted to put on a very relevant fight that is credible.
“We had to talk to Fox about it and because Cormier is coming to the UFC after this last fight, we could go ahead and give him that fight.”
In regards to the matchup itself, Fertitta expressed his excitement on the bout.
“Cormier is the real deal and he’s going to be fighting a guy with incredible pedigree,” Fertitta said. “If Frank Mir wins, he’s all of a sudden back in the mix. From his perspective it was a good thing, otherwise he had to get in the back of the line.”
So we’ve got a Strikeforce fight that only matters because it has UFC implications. And it only came about when the only other decent idea was bringing Tim Sylvia back into the fold. I’m surprised FOX was okay with it. If I was Mr Fox Sports Exec, I’d look at Frank Mir vs Daniel Cormier, then look at UFC on FOX 5 headline fight Bigfoot Silva vs Travis Browne, and go “The fuck?”