The rumors started to come out on Monday concerning Strikeforce and the future of the fighting promotion. However, it appears that, as far as those inside the company believe, Strikeforce is still a go for November.
The next Strikeforce event is set for November 3 from Oklahoma City. Daniel Cormier is expected for the main event, but he does not have an opponent yet. Also, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has suffered an injury – according to reports – and will not make his planned co-main event title defense vs. Lorenz Larkin.
On Inside MMA Monday night, Kenny Rice was quoted as saying, “There’s a strong possibility that Showtime will no longer broadcast Strikeforce events. This could very possibly signify the end of the Strikeforce brand.”
Last month, Showtime declined airing a Strikeforce card after lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez was removed with an injury.
Ariel Helwani, a reporter for MMAFighting.com, posted on his Twitter account late Monday that a Showtime official told him it was business as usual and they would be “beyond shocked” if the promotion were shut down.
Zuffa, the company that owns the UFC, purchased Strikeforce in 2011. Talk about the end of the fight promotion started immediately, but they have continued to put on several shows since that time.