When Zuffa announced in the first quarter of 2011 that they had purchased Strikeforce, UFC president Dana White said the two promotions would continue to work as separate entities. Part of the deal allowed the UFC to bring several key names over. That was almost a year ago and Strikeforce is now one show from being completely finished, ending the seven year competition between the two MMA companies.
“I was pumped up about it and looking forward to get into it, but it’s over man,” said White in the UFC 155 media scrum. “I’m just happy it’s over.”
The last two Strikeforce shows, in September and November, were cancelled due to injuries. That left Strikeforce with only five shows in 2012 and their last one taking place in August.
“What has happened to the fighters in Strikeforce is horrible,” White said. “These guys have been very patient and I’m sorry for them and I’m happy that they’re coming over to the UFC now. What’s happened over there has been completely s—.”
The final Strikeforce show will be January 12 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. The main card airs on Showtime and features a main event welterweight title fight as Nate Marquardt (32-10-2) defends against Tarec Saffiedine (13-3).