Strikeforce Fighters Are Staying In Strikeforce

December 11, 2011
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Strikeforce isn’t going anywhere, and neither are its fighters.

Following UFC 140 on Saturday night, UFC president Dana White shared some details as to what their plans for Strikeforce are in 2012. Evidently, anyone who currently holds a spot on the Strikeforce roster will stay there with no immediate plans to move to the UFC.

“The guys that are in Strikeforce are staying in Strikeforce,” White said following the post-fight press conference. “Strikeforce lives.”

One fighter who’s made several statements regarding his desire to move to the UFC is Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. According to these new details, however, Melendez will not be in the UFC in the near future. No worries, according to the UFC president. He’ll make it worth Melendez’s while.

It going to be good for all, he said.

“Gilbert Melendez and all the guys that are in the Strikeforce show and with Showtime, I will make fights [for them],” White proclaimed. “They will be happy to be there. Believe me, I got this thing worked out. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to be good for the fighters, it’s going to be good for Showtime, and it’s going to be good for Strikeforce.”

When asked if there are any plans for co-promotion between Strikeforce and the UFC, White said, “Strikeforce is completely separate,” but that they have the ability to make some interesting things happen.

In addition, White confirmed Scott Coker will continue to be involved in Strikeforce affairs going forward.

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  • Gonna be a lot of unhappy fighters. Melendez belongs in the UFC, at least move him over.

  • Mario

    I’m just glad Strikeforce is sticking around!

    Melendez will eventually end up in the UFC. I see that happening despite whatever plan White has in store for those guys over there. The promotion will surely make a splash again in the coming months with new rising talent making their way to the big shows. More fighters will emerge as worthy contenders in SF. They definitely need to crown new champions pronto!

    Good to also hear that Coker is still on board. He’s a good guy!

  • The_Sheriff

    Unless they can make:

    Melendez vs. Alvarez
    Melendez vs. Chandler
    Melendez vs. Aoki 2

  • Here are all the match-ups I’m excited for with Strikeforce’s current roster:

    Ok I think that about covers them all.

  • b-soc

    I agree with the above comments. No fights in Strikeforce excite me. Melendez must go to the UFC – no arguments.

    What’s the point of keeping Strikeforce alive when their biggest stars (except Gil) have moved over.

    Makes no sense!!!

  • storgs

    I am betting they are going to co-promote with the ufc.

    • Doubt it. Zuffa will keep it an independent brand just like they did with the WEC.