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Portal between the UFC and Strikeforce now closed

Hot off the heels of news that Strikeforce would indeed be sticking around on Showtime through 2012 comes news that the UFC will stop stripping the promotion for parts. Here’s Papa Dana:

“The guys that are in Strikeforce are staying in Strikeforce. Strikeforce lives. Gilbert Melendez and all the guys that are in the Strikeforce show and with Showtime, I will make fights (for them). They will be happy to be there. Believe me, I got this thing worked out. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to be good for the fighters, it’s going to be good for Showtime, and it’s going to be good for Strikeforce.”

I dunno how this is going to be good for guys like Gilbert Melendez, Luke Rockhold, Jacare, and Tim Kennedy. They all find themselves stuck on the smaller stage, smaller paycheck platform fighting whatever random opponents Zuffa decides they’re going to stock Strikeforce with now. Be it unknown up and comers or UFC castaways too marketable to let Bellator get a hold on, they’re not going to be great for the resumes of the top tier dudes now locked into the B league.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Oh well, I guess they had to do something to keep Showtime from bailing.  I look forward to seeing what they do with Strikeforce.

  • agentsmith

    They should use Strikeforce as “Rape Joke Island”.

  • Symbul

    Sucks for Gil Melendez. He’s the guy I want to see in the UFC the most.

  • Reverend Clint

    id like to see gilbert fight even a mid level UFC lightweight

  • shillyer

    Gil was at the bar I was at to watch UFC 40 and he said the same thing. I got the impression that strikeforce was treating him well. 

  • iamphoenix

    ^ in 2002?

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  • kwagnuth

    I was hoping Gilbert would get a UFC contract just to see if he could back up all that smack talk about how great he is and how all the guys in the UFC LW division suck and all.

  • Billytk

    This is too bad for the few guys left in Strikeforce that had a chance to sign in the UFC I’m sure there were some very disappointed fighters over there when this was announced, hopefully they don’t have many fights left on their strikeforce contracts and can still sign with the UFC when they expire.

  • Letibleu

    there is obviously a plan to move the best over to ufc. up to us to figure out the formula that they use to gauge them.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Wait till their contracts are up?

  • Letibleu