Though things have already begun to change for the Strikeforce promotion in the wake of the Zuffa, LLC, buyout – perhaps most notably so far is the fact that the unified rules have been applied to the promotion – UFC president Dana White and company have insisted that, at least for now, things will be “business as usual” for Strikeforce.
White and Russian MMA great Fedor Emelianenko’s management team M-1 Global have a famously bad relationship, strained over several tense negotiations for “The Last Emperor’s” service, but it appears as though White and M-1 Global have finally come to terms on something: that “business as usual” will go on for Strikeforce.
M-1 Global director of operations Evgeni Kogan recently spoke with MMAWeekly about the buyout, which they do not believe will effect them in the slightest.
“The purchase of Strikeforce doesn’t affect M-1 at all,” Kogan said. “Our TV deal is with Showtime and we’re happy. It’s business as usual for M-1 Global as we close into our March 25 event.”
Kogan even reiterated the fact later in their conversation, saying, “Fedor’s contract is with Showtime Networks Inc. and we’re excited to be working with such a premium North American outlet.”
One of the more interesting aspects of Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce is how M-1 Global (and the other members of Strikeforce’s stable that are at odds with White) will react to having their least favorite promoter as their new boss.