Contrary to what his last name would lead us to expect, it looks like Strikeforce general manager Scott Coker may not be smoking crack after all. We’ve all been laughing for months at him, and not just because he’s a fatty fatty fat fat. We also laughed at him for saying that Strikeforce will extend its contract with Showtime. But now, after months of Dana White washing his hands of the situation with Showtime while flashing the sheepish grin of a dog that’s just butt-dragged a fetid line of ass juice onto your bed, the UFC president is saying that StrikeForce is staying on Showtime in 2012:
[Strikeforce is] staying, and hopefully I’ll have all the information for you next week. Just sit and wait and watch what I do. Trust me, it’s going to be just fine… I know I keep saying this every week, but that deal should be wrapped up any day now, and then I’ll make the decisions on who goes where and what’s going to happen. So we should know hopefully by Monday.
ESPN’s Josh Gross tweeted regarding the situation that the fees Showtime pays will be reduced significantly under the contract extension, perhaps being cut by as much as half, even though the original contract called for a large increase in payments in 2012. Evidently Showtime used the fact that the UFC is stealing talent from Strikeforce like innocence from little boys at Penn State to finagle themselves a better deal. (As per UFC Rape Joke Protocol® sec. 2, Penn State jokes are acceptable.)
I know that we (ok, just I) try to maintain solidarity with the other writers at FL, but I could sit on the toilet for hours and still not shit out a reason why Subo would write that Strikeforce is a “piece of crap” and that MMA would be better off without it. This contract extension will definitely be a very good thing for fans, because not only do we get to see Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier fight in March, women’s MMA will continue to have a home under the Zuffa/Forza banner. And if (as Dana White bringing up the WEC in conversation about Strikeforce would indicate) StrikeForce is to become the AAA league of the UFC, then we’ll get to see lots of not-yet-shot-but-lost-a-couple-fights UFC vets getting their rebound matches nationally televised. (Elliot Marshall, anyone?) Or maybe the WEC comparison means that we’ll get to see the addition of 115lb, 105lb, and ” target=”_blank”>midget weight classes. Either way, sign me up.
This will be a good thing for Zuffa as well, because it will keep Zuffa’s Japanese rape tentacle (can we say that anymore?) gripping talent that could otherwise be snapped up by Bellator or others in a second. And the reduced price may have already led Showtime to conclude that it no longer needs M-1 on its network; this would certainly lead to jubilation within Zuffa that it has ripped another asshole into yet another enterprising competitor. Just like the asshole of a… never mind.