Originally Posted by achillesthegreat
The UFC probably see the heavyweight division as the face and most recognisable to the mainstream fans. No wonder they didn't want Overeem in SF, they wanted to bring that hype over to the UFC. All those Fox viewers know who the best fighter in the world is at the moment - JDS.
Looks like SF will be kept as a second level organisation for 2012. Makes sense.
Dana was quite explicit about the rationale - there's not enough depth in the division to have the fighters split across UFC and Strikeforce. The fact that the split is far more even between the two promotions no doubt has something to do about it as well.
And yeah new deal between Showtime/Zuffa for 6-8 Strikeforce events next year. No challengers cards but they'll start to air prelims live on Showtime Extreme (a change their making for boxing).
Now how the **** they fill eight cards with meaningful matches is beyond me. And I really don't see the point of keeping the light heavyweights in Strikeforce. That division was wafer thing even when the promotion was independent.