Just a few months ago, the MMA world including Dana White was clamoring to have Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez cross over to the UFC.
Gilbert too was hoping to follow his fellow teammates, Jake Shields and Nick Diaz over to the UFC’s Octagon to face the world’s elite competition that only the UFC can provide.
However, with a new Showtime deal in place, UFC president Dana White recently went on record and said that Strikeforce fighters will remain in Strikeforce now that the extension with Showtime is wrapped up.
White stated, “The guys that are in Strikeforce are staying in Strikeforce. Gilbert Melendez and all the guys that are in the Strikeforce show and with Showtime, I will make this right. They will be happy to be there. Believe me. I’ve got this thing worked out. I’ve got it figured 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. Trust me, I got this.”
“We’ll see what happens, but this thing’s going to work out. We’ve got it dialed in, and we’ve got this thing figured out. I wanted to announce it and tell you guys about it today (Saturday), but it’s going to be a good thing. We’ll make this thing work. WEC worked. It was great. We’ll make this thing work too.”
So it appears as if, at least for the time being that the guys over at Strikeforce, regardless of talent are stuck in their contracts with the promotion and will not be seeing the inside of the Octagon anytime soon.
(Dana quote via mmajunkie.com)
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