While it seems quite obvious at this point that the UFC is stripping Strikeforce for parts, the promotion’s fate technically lies in the hands of the Showtime network, who are going to make a choice very soon on extending the deal all the way until 2013. How soon is very soon? They may have already made their decision:
It appears that day is drawing closer with every passing month. Strikeforce broadcast partner Showtime’s deadline to continue with a five-year broadcast deal inked in February 2009 is “now,” according to White, and the future of the promotion likely rests on that decision.
White said UFC executive and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta met with Showtime executives on Tuesday but said he didn’t know how the meeting went and declined to discuss it further.
“I’m not involved with that thing,” White said. “I have a conference call with Lorenzo right after this press conference, so I’ll know then.”
Call me a Debbie Downer, but I’m not exactly optimistic about Strikeforce’s chances. Maybe it’s the roster raiding, maybe it’s the complete lack of promotion for Strikeforce events, or maybe Dana White’s complete indifference. But something tells me the UFC isn’t all that interested in keeping the organization around.