Airing fights on Showtime and CBS was a big piece of the puzzle for Strikeforce when it embarked on a massive expansion following the collapse of EliteXC/ProElite.
The promotion has moved from four events per year to 18 this year. Its roster has ballooned from 15 fighters under contract to 180.
Showtime has jumped in will both feet, but CBS, however, has been a little slow on the uptake, due in large part to the fiasco following the promotion’s latest appearance on the network.
Following Jake Shields’ victory over Dan Henderson in the main event of Strikeforce: Nashville, which aired live on CBS, middleweight contender Jason Miller entered the cage to build up a potential fight with Shields. The situation proved volatile and a now infamous post-fight brawl broke out with members of Shields’ camp seen punching and kicking a downed Miller.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker didn’t comment on the particulars on Saturday night following Diaz vs. Noons II, but he did confirm that CBS is still on ice and will remain so for the remainder of the year.