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Sources close to BJPENN.com informed us just moments ago that Strikeforce operations are set to cease and that the promotion is going out of business.

The rumor comes shortly after news broke that Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) was forced to pull out of his title fight with Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) due to a wrist injury.

The middleweight title fight was the second key loss to a scheduled November 3rd card, following the loss of a heavyweight main event bout between Frank Mir and Daniel Cormier.


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Post #1   10/8/12 7:24:46PM   

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Rumors swirling re: plug being pulled on Strikeforce. No confirmation yet. But if it's true, was Showtime's call. They hold option for 2013.

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Hearing @Strikeforce is being disbanded immediately. It is no more. Another promotion goes by the wayside.

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Post #2   10/8/12 7:25:06PM   

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It's time. You can't have back to back cards get the plug pulled on them and continue to survive. The plus side is no more Frank Shamrock in the booth, the downside is that I don't see jobs for a lot of the fighters on the roster in the UFC. I wonder if Coker starts up a new promotion if he happens to be let go by Zuffa, maybe this is a new opportunity for him to build something from the ground up.

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Its time for sure

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This is excellent news considering how Strikeforce has been the last 6 months or so. Let's finally get some of these guys in the UFC. Cormier, Barnett, Mousasi, Rockhold, Souza, Lawler (Very excited for some match ups he could be apart of), Marquardt, Melendez, Thomson, Healy, Masvidal, etc.

I'm happy with this.

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As much as I want to believe that their can be another promotion to rival the UFC, it simply isn't going to happen.


Bellator is the biggest off the top of my head but even they seem "minor" compared to the UFC. I mean seriously if your moving forward in your MMA career your goal is to be UFC champion. Not a strikeforce champ. Not a bellator champ.


Every promotion that has tried to compete with the UFC has failed or just plain doesn't stack up public wise as far as being a place you want to be in.

To compete with the UFC you need to bring to the table something they can't. That something hasn't been found yet and may never be.

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No complaints here.

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Free agents for Ufc and bellator

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Im sure the fighters are happy as shit

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Posted by prozacnation1978

Free agents for Ufc and bellator



Exactly. The UFC should gain some great fighters, and a few of the smaller organizations will also land some decent talent.

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There was also a Facebook post from the wife of a Zuffa exec saying SF was shutting down. The post was then deleted. This was earlier today

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Doesn't Showtime still hold the non-compete contracts on the majority of the top tier fighters in SF, even if Strikeforce shuts down and allowing Showtime to dictate where the fighters can fight? This was a big topic several months back, but I can't remember what was confirmed on tne subject.

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So where does Womens mma move from here?

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Posted by mrsmiley

So where does Womens mma move from here?



If Invicta keeps doing what they're doing I think we may see them completely take over Women's mma. I'd like to see the UFC eventually partner with them tbh.

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