With the belated demise of Strikeforce all but complete, as rumors of a final show in January do the rounds, before tenuous ties with Showtime Sports are cut forever: Where does this leave the landscape of MMA in North America, in dire need of a viable competitor to the UFC?
Strikeforce in reality died the day that Zuffa took ownership of the promotion, as the cream of the crop was shifted over to the UFC ranks, seeing title-holders like of Nick Diaz, Alastair Overeem and Dan Henderson cherry picked, in-so depleting much of the star power of the organisation and souring relations with Showtime.
At the end of the day, Zuffa was never interested in running two separate brands and has always been committed to building the UFC Empire, crushing all and sundry in the process.
The end of Strikeforce is a blessing in disguise as Showtime can finally look for other alternatives. Showtime has invested a lot of collateral into building MMA into the psyche of their viewership on Cable TV, and would be surprising for them to pull out this far down the line.