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Report: Showtime Close to Ending Relationship With Strikeforce, 11/3 Card in ‘Serious Jeopardy’


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We knew that Strikeforce’s November 3rd event in Oklahoma City was in trouble after losing its main event and co-main event due to injuries. (By the way, top female prospect Sara McMann just dropped out of her main card fight against Liz Carmouche due to an undisclosed injury. Unbelievable.) But Strikeforce’s recent string of awful luck might actually turn out to be the death-knell for the promotion. Here’s what Kenny Rice had to say on yesterday’s episode of Inside MMA:

‘Inside MMA’ has heard from multiple sources that the relationship between Strikeforce and Showtime may be coming to an end. We are being told that the November 3rd event is in serious jeopardy, and there is a strong possibility that Showtime will no longer broadcast Strikeforce events. This could very possibly signify the end of the Strikeforce brand. Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa, the UFC parent company, in March of 2011. We have yet to receive any word from either Showtime or Strikeforce as this development continues.

Let’s hope this turns out to be true. I mean, we’ve been waiting for this moment for over a year now, right? Strikeforce stopped being relevant the moment its Heavyweight Grand Prix finally concluded, and what few world-class fighters remain on its roster need to be shipped over to the UFC as soon as possible, while they still have some good competitive years left in them. (No offense, but I’d rather see Gilbert Melendez face Ben Henderson than Pat Healy, and I’d rather see Luke Rockhold face any of these guys than Lorenz Larkin.)

The biggest problem that Strikeforce’s collapse would raise is what to do about Ronda Rousey, who is becoming the biggest crossover star in the sport, but now might not have a major venue to fight in, unless Invicta somehow cobbles together a TV deal and brings her aboard. We know that UFC president Dana White likes Ronda — like, like likes her — but is he ready to promote the occasional women’s fight in the Octagon? We’ll see. Things are about to get interesting. But remember: This is good news. We’ll update you if we get an official announcement…

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Buster Hyman- October 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm
this would be the perfect time for rousey to take her talents to a prime organization like Ultimate Surrender
Mr_Misanthropy- October 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm
*Sniffle* Strikefarce, you big dumb galoot... why'd you have to go and blow your wad in the fifth? I guess we'll meet again at that big arena in the sky...
Alan K- October 9, 2012 at 9:14 am
Strikeforce, please die so all your good fighters can go to the UFC. Invicta will take care of Ronda and the other women until Dana decides to finally partner with Shannon Knapp and promote women's fights.
skeletor- October 9, 2012 at 9:09 am
@cman, ok nude and the winner is decided with an applausometer for whoever performs the most vigerous scissoring technique.
elburrogrande- October 9, 2012 at 8:56 am
Give ronda a "fun fight" to save the show, make cormier vs sylvia, and jacare vs larkin for #1 contender. There strikeforce saved.
cman- October 9, 2012 at 8:52 am
@ skelator. No one would care with those 2 unless it was bottomless. Boone wants to see their tits. Keep up man.
skeletor- October 9, 2012 at 7:32 am
People only care about wmma if two hot chicks are fighting. 3 times a year rousy vs Tate in a topless no armbar in the first round stipulation match. This is the only way I see this working out.
knucklesamitch- October 9, 2012 at 7:31 am
Wait, so Strikeforce rolls into UFC (awesome), and then Zuffa buys Invicta (why not?), then the next season of TUF is used to find some women talent. Even if no one watches the show, who gives a shit, no one is actually watching now.
Fried Taco- October 9, 2012 at 7:23 am
I said it before, and I'm saying it again: Zuffa will purchase Invicta.
ArmFarmer- October 9, 2012 at 6:51 am
Rhonda doesn't have anyone left to fight and she is obnoxious and not the least bit likeable, so who cares.
MorningwoodII- October 9, 2012 at 6:31 am
the only thing with the super fights is, who would she fight in a super fight? Maybe Cyborg if they can work out the details. Anyone else that would qualify as a super fight for Rhonda?
angry little feet- October 9, 2012 at 6:09 am
'Bout damn time. This has been like that relationship that you both know is dead but nobody wants to be the one to admit it. Just stick a fork in it already. Damn.
Maine Blazer- October 9, 2012 at 6:08 am
Ronda Rousey will fight in the UFC in 'Superfights'. No women's division. Just 'Superfights'
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