Posted by Solidus
arent they owned by Pro-Elite?
Nope- the Pro Elite family includes the likes of Cage Rage, ICON Sport, Sho XC, Elite XC, King of the Cage, and Rumble on the Rock. Strikeforce is a completely different company all together. i think they may have copromoted with ShoXC at one point though. Maybe thats where you're getting them confused.
Posted by prozacnation1978
just another one to bite the dust
Probably not. Of all the mid-level MMA promotions running right now, Strikeforce is just about the only one with numbers well into the Black. It'll be interesting to see how the deal plays out though. If they have stakeholder's percentage structured like the Elite XC deal, then yeah- This would be a bad idea. But otherwise, I see this being a strong move.
I'm not sure they'll be getting anymore compliments from Dana after this (up until this point he's spoken kindly of them in interviews). I also think the Strikeforce top end talent is actually deeper then Elite XC as well. If I'm not mistaken, they still have Alistair Overeem as HW champ. They've got Gina verson 2.0 with that "Karate Hottie" chick. They've got Cung Lee as a champ. Babalu is the soon-to-be LHW Champ. And others including Gilbert Melendez, Joe Riggs, Josh Thomson, and if I'm not mistaken, they actually may have Bob Sapp too (I know, but this is about ratings). Oh yeah, Trigg was on the last card, though I'm not sure if he's got a full contract with them or not. And you can't discount the recent addition of Kazuo Misaki for a little globalization.
They've got a good thing going here. A network deal only makes them stronger. Serious props to Strikeforce if you ask me!