Strikeforce is going the way of Pride Fighting Championships, right? Well, maybe not.
If it were, then why did Strikeforce welterweight Bobby Voelker (24-8) just sign a new five-fight extension with the promotion?
Voelker’s management team at Elite MMA Management on Wednesday announced the contract extension on its website.
“This will be a great opportunity for Bobby Voelker to continue his career with a great company,” read the statement. “He is looking to make his way through the welterweight ranks to get a shot at the welterweight title.”
Most insiders have operated under the assumption that Strikeforce was on the verge of closing up shop, although UFC president Dana White has insisted that no decision had ever been made about the promotion’s future. The UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC, also owns Strikeforce.
Although Voelker’s extension would lead to the assumption that the promotion would continue to operate, it’s also not impossible that the Strikeforce roster could eventually be swallowed up by its much larger sibling.