Once the UFC started cherry-picking Strikeforce’s top talent after buying them out, it seemed clear that the promotion’s days were numbered. To the slight surprise of many, it appears as though the organization will continue to limp onward, as rumors have sprung up of renewal negotiations between Strikeforce and Showtime, meaning that the promotion will continue to exist in some capacity for at least the next year.
Lending credence to those rumors, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told MMAWeekly that he’s “optimistic” a deal will be reached, but that he has nothing official to announce currently.
“That’s something that we’ll just have to wait and see, but I think things are going well, and I think we’ll have something to announce shortly,” said Coker. “Right now, I have nothing official to announce. I still predict that it will happen in the late part of the first quarter. We’d like to get this fight done before the end of the first quarter.”
Coker did reveal plans to conclude the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix early next year, hinting that tournament finalists Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett will likely be squaring off in March.
“(March is) kind of the month we’re shooting for,” he said. “We’re monitoring Daniel Cormier’s recovery. Daniel’s going back to the doctor I think sometime within a week. See how the hand’s feeling.”
The promotion’s next event, Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal, goes down at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.