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UFC Purchases Strikeforce

3/12/2011 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, has purchased its top competitor, Strikeforce, UFC president Dana White announced today.

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In announcing the move, White says it will be "business as usual" for both organizations. White said there will not be "superfights" between fighters of both groups and all contracts and business deals (including Strikeforce's deal with Showtime) will remain unaffected.



 

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Nostradamus    

Oh No. Even less competition for the Microsoft of MMA.
Dana- Go **** yourself.

1134 days ago
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efnsteve    

Ya Nostradamus, you're right. One big conglomerate is not good for MMA. Dana states that it will be business as usual for now. The key phrase being "for now". It will all change when the contract with showtime is over. It will change big time.

1134 days ago
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Jimmy D.    

I want to see Nick Diaz vs. GSP and Fedor vs. Brock a.s.a.p!

1134 days ago
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CriticAl    

Exactly. Zuffa is monopolizing the whole industry. They're the friggin' Clear Channel of MMA.

1134 days ago
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efnsteve    

I want to see Nick Diaz vs. GSP and Fedor vs. Brock a.s.a.p!

Posted at 12:45 PM on Mar 12, 2011 by Jimmy D.
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Ya, good fights but GSP and Brock would completely dominate.

1134 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Steve, I agree Brock would suppress the smaller and older Fedor, but don't discount Diaz. I don't know who would win in a fight against GSP, but Diaz wouldn't be dominated unless GSP came in with significant more muscle mass.

1134 days ago
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W    

I agree with efnsteve, GSP would dominate Diaz. Diaz looked gassed after the first round with Santos. A GSP or Fitch wouldn't get tired.

1134 days ago
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Nostradamus    

That was atypical for Diaz, I hope he gets back to his triathlon training.

1134 days ago
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Sheeple Herder    

Look at all these organizations that are now gone. Pride, WEC, and all these smaller places that were open to up an comers are gone and there is less to choose from, so damn right it's a monopoly and a bad one at that.

On the side, there was the recent interview with GSP and he said that he might consider a fight with Diaz, but he feels he might be too small and gaining the weight to fight Diaz would probably work against him. He not afraid of Diaz, but he is realistic about it and it's a pretty honest way of looking at things. And to the person who said Fedor vs. Lesnar? Seriously? You must hate Fedor, because he is still thinking about retiring because he thinks he's too small and maybe too old--and you think he'd fight Lesnar? No insult, but that's ridiculous.

Anyway, this sucks all the way around and destroys the diversity of the sport. And I bet Dana White would not like to tell Cris 'Cyborg' Santos face to face there are not elite women fighters out there that are worthy of watching. She'd choke his ass out!

1134 days ago
10.

Ru    

This is horrible for Strikeforce! Dana is AGAINST women fighters and you know he will shut it down in Strikeforce just like he shut it down for UFC. I, as a woman, am disgusted by this news.

1134 days ago
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suzy    

Personally, I think they take to long between fights, case in point, Anderson Silva could have fought again. That kick he made to that dude's face didn't hurt him.

1134 days ago
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Jimmy D.    

I don't see Diaz getting gassed out vs. GSP. The guy is a cardio machine! I think GSP would win but it would be interesting. Diaz has great boxing and is obviously a beast on the ground. He would also have a huge reach advantage. Fedor's best years are behind him but I would still like to see him fight Brock. Brock's striking is still very rudimentary and Fedor could potentially overwhelm him. Brock tends to turtle up and back straight up when weathering a flurry on the feet. If he gets on top of Fedor, it could be a whole different ballgame. It would be interesting to see.

1134 days ago
13.

CrashAndBurn    

It'll only be a matter of time till the change their name to Ultimate Fighting Enterprise.

1134 days ago
14.

Get back to work!    

Dana White said there'd be no female fighters in UFC. Hopefully, he'll still let them fight in Strikeforce. If he doesn't, this was a very, very bad move and he's retarded.

1134 days ago
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They are crayz!!    

Dana is a douche ... This will be the downfall of MMA ... every PPV will be one good fight headline with 15 crappy ones. Fights every weekend that no cares about or watches. No more women's MMA. DANA is a Douche. Congress should appoint an oversee'r

1133 days ago
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