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The shadow of what’s to come

It’s pretty damn clear to anyone with a functioning brain that Zuffa just gave Golden Glory a mega-bitchslap / message by firing three of their athletes from two of their promotions. What’s more interesting is hearing what official line will be given for what’s happening. It won’t surprise me if Dana White lays it all out and says fuck ‘em when asked after UFC 133. But in the meantime, here’s Scott Coker on Mauro Ranallo’s Fight Show trying to pretend nothing untowards happened yesterday:

There’s only so many TV spots, as you know, before the middle of next year. …The slots are going to be for the fighters that are victorious right now. And we have a lot of athletes under contract and we have to get everyone a fight and there are only so many slots so . There are only so many TV dates and we only have two more TV dates on the big show before the end of the year and September is already full and December is getting full and January is our finals and that’s going to have our full priorities. So in fairness to the athletes, why just have them hang around? I think it’s a much more fair situation to let them fight elsewhere and have them build another future somewhere else.

So what happens in the middle of next year? Hmm. What was it again. Oh yeah … Strikeforce’s deal with Showtime comes up for renewal. And while Showtime has the option to extend things until 2014, this is starting to sound less and less likely. First the UFC took Nick Diaz. Then they fired Alistair Overeem (a fact Showtime was so unhappy about they pretended it didn’t happen during last weekend’s show). Getting rid of Fedor is almost guaranteed, and Hendo is probably gone too. In a few short months Zuffa has dismantled half of what Showtime spent so much effort meddling to create. Does this sound like a situation where Showtime says ‘Sign me up for 2 more years’?

  • agentsmith

    That’s a lame as fuck excuse even for the other three, and it completely ignores the Alistair situation.

  • CAP

    No shit. All of a sudden he’s worried about fighters fighting while half the roster has been pissed for not getting booked for a match. Strikeforce is getting pillaged.

  • iamphoenix

    would be cool if in that pic his nipples could be seen. just imagine…

  • CAP

    OR a big COCK tattooed on his chest!

  • Márcio

    This is so fucking lame.

  • iamphoenix

  • KeyboardWarrior

    Is Dana trying to drive strikeforce into the ground or what? Everything that’s happened after he bought the organization has made me not want to watch it. Now Overeem and Fedor are both out, why the fuck would I ever buy a PPV event.

  • iamphoenix

    ^you so silly. of course he is omg wtf did you think he was gonna do hahahahaha someone is stupid.

  • KeyboardWarrior

    My bad, I have a lot of trouble thinking before I talk…

  • iamphoenix

     for our safety.

  • Reverend Clint

    i bet he is trying to make strikeforce regional or smaller like they used to before they started getting ex japanese “talent”

  • frickshun

    Reem’s got some nice tittays.