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Old 10-08-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default Showtime close to ending Strikeforce deal, promotion could fold soon

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It's been a rough month for Strikeforce and its fans.
In September, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez made the decision to withdraw from his main event match opposite number one contender Pat Healy because of a badly separated shoulder.
The loss of the headlining bout prompted Showtime, Strikeforce's cable broadcasting partner, to cancel the event, stating a lack of interest in airing the card without the marquee match up.
That's not all.
The injury bug soon struck again when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Frank Mir was forced to withdraw from his one-off "crossover" fight with Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier, which was scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Nov. 3, 2012.
Cormier is still technically on the card and scheduled to fight; however, no opponent has been named with the event less than one month from today.
Sounds fishy.
To complicate matters even further, Strikeforce Middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, announced yesterday that he, too, will be sidelined for his fight opposite Lorenz Larkin, which was scheduled to serve as the Nov. 3 card's co-main event.
The promotion is in turmoil. And a report surfaced the evening (courtesy of AXS TV's "Inside MMA"), claiming that reliable sources have stated a decaying relationship between Showtime and Strikeforce. If accurate, the Nov. 3 Strikeforce show is in serious danger of cancelation.
It could also mean that Strikeforce's end as a promotion may be drawing near more quickly than originally thought.

http://www.mmamania.com/2012/10/8/34...ffa-inside-mma
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