mixed martial arts news
Today, it was made official that the rumors of the end of Strikeforce were not true, as Dana White and Scott Coker came to a deal with Showtime that begins January 7, 2012 and lasts till 2014. A lot of details were discussed during the call and many important announcements were made regarding the divisions in Strikeforce.
With the new deal, Women's MMA will have a home to flourish as it was made clear by Dana that there is no possiblity for a women's division in the UFC at the moment, so if Strikeforce went away so would the Women's division. With the new deal the women's division will get more attention as they are going to try to promote and grow the women's division as Dana White knows it is becoming more and more popular.
It may be good news for the women, but the heavyweights didn't fare so well with the new deal. After the culmination of the Grand Prix, the winner will fight a top contender and the division will later be dropped as the focus will be brought to the lighter division. This is bad news for top prospects as by the looks of it not all the heavyweights might make their way to the UFC.
One of the things fans should be happy about is that Showtime will now show the preliminary fights on Showtime Extreme so fight fans can watch the entire fight-card. This starts up next year and will air for all 6-8 shows that will happen in 2012 on Showtime.
Another thing of importance kicking off the new deal will be Strikeforce next event on Jan. 7, 2012, which will present Middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold taking on the "Dean of Mean" Kieth Jardine which will air on Showtime during free preview weekend. This will allow millions of viewers the opportunity to see this event live and free.
That was all from today's conference call, don't forget to checkout Melendez vs Masvidal on Saturday night.