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Frank Mir the only UFC fighter crossing through the Stargate

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?”

  • Letibleu


  • TheButtStrangler

    So the whole Zuffa buying SF shtick has yielded almost nothing except squashing the comp as far as I can tell.

  • Reverend Clint

    competition is a strong word when comparing strikeforce to the UFC pre buy out

  • TheButtStrangler

    Good point.

    I meant it relatively to the fact of no other existing competition.

    It probably would have been better to just let it die naturally then going in for the buyout kill considering the terms they appear to have gotten.

    Then the 5-6 decent guys over there wouldn’t be stranded in immeasurable limbo.

  • Letibleu

    it helped kill dream. Bellator was also talking about sharing with strikeforce. Fedor was also undefeated.

  • glassjawsh

    richard dean anderson > kurt russell

  • panama

    I dont know what FOX has to do with anything. The UFC should be able to do whatever it wants with its fighters and as long as both promotions are under the same roof, why couldn’t fighters cross over for big fights. Melendez and the SF fighters are screwed.

    Strikeforce is a step child now. On an another note, when the UFC bought the WEC, the WEC got the Budlight treatment and SF is a far better product that the WEC, why are they still being sponsored by Rockstar? Why isnt SF getting the Budlight treatment??

  • Reverend Clint

    damn right jawsh

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I think they had to talk to fox since this is a situation where they’ll be broadcasting a UFC fighter on a non-FOX-owned channel.

  • agentsmith

    “richard dean anderson > kurt russell”

    You shut your whore mouth! Snake Plissken and Jack Burton prove you wrong.

  • drunkenjunk

    R.J Macready also says fuck you. Kurt Russell 4eva

  • glassjawsh

    Angus Macgyver not only would have escaped from new york with the president, he’d have fixed his crashed glider, saved ernest borgnine and started a youth rec center in the wreckage of lower manhatten.

    and then he wouldnt have made escape from los angeles