In a historic move, UFC President Dana White announced today in an interview with MMAFighting.com that Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has purchased their biggest rival, Strikeforce.
“Strikeforce is a brand that fans have come to like,” said White. “They have a following, people enjoy the fights that they’re putting on so it made sense to us.”
White said the deal “happened quickly” and called the purchase “a good deal,” without revealing specifics.
“Strikeforce is going to continue to run business as usual,” White stated. “There are contracts in place. These guys are on Showtime. Strikeforce pulls good ratings for Showtime. I think Showtime is happy with them.
“That’s a separate business that has their own income,” he continued. “They have their own budgets and everything else that they do. They have they’re own television deals. If they’re that interested in acquiring (a fighter), it’s no different than it was before.”
White noted that the current Strikeforce roster will remain with the organization, and UFC fighters may find their way into Strikeforce.
“Could guys from the UFC leave and end up over in Strikeforce? Yeah.”
You can watch White’s announcement below: