UFC: Zuffa LLC Releases Official Statement Regarding the Purchase of Strikeforce
Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC, released an official statement on Monday, March 14 regarding its purchases of rival mixed martial arts promotion Strikeforce.
The statement revealed that the purchase of Strikeforce was completed by Forza LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa.
UFC president Dana White said, ?We have worked hard to make mixed martial arts the fastest growing sport in the world. We?ve spent countless hours getting this sport regulated and taking the Octagon all over the world. Acquiring the Strikeforce assets allows us to continue to develop this sport into a global force.?
?We intend to operate Strikeforce as a separate business, much like we did with the WEC for many years,? Lorenzo Fertitta, chairman and CEO of Zuffa, said. ?We look forward to working with Scott Coker and the entire Strikeforce and Showtime teams to continue to provide quality content for mixed martial arts fans.
?We've long admired Scott Coker and the Strikeforce business he launched and developed,? Fertitta continued. ?We feel that together with Scott, we can continue to build both Strikeforce and the UFC.?
When White made his announcement of the purchase over the weekend, he told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani that the two promotions would remain separate. The statement from Zuffa reiterated that fact, stating, "While there are currently no plans to bring Strikeforce fighters to the UFC, a new strategy to strengthen Strikeforce?s talented roster is being developed."
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will be retained in his current position.
"This is an important day for the sport of mixed martial arts,? Coker said. ?We are excited to work with Lorenzo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta, Dana White and everyone at the UFC on the quest to make MMA the biggest sport in the world. Fans can continue to expect quality Strikeforce shows and we look forward to giving our athletes an even broader platform on which to perform.?
Strikeforce's next major event is scheduled for April 9 at San Diego's Valley View Casino Arena. The card will be headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Nick Diaz and challenger Paul Daley.
The UFC's next event is set to take place on March 19. UFC 128 will feature a light heavyweight title fight as its main event. The champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will put his title on the line against Jon "Bones" Jones at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.