Showtime Exec Has No Problems Putting UFC Vs. Strikeforce To Crown Undisputed Champions

When it comes to getting the best fighters in the world, nothing is easy. Stephen Espinoza, the Showtime sports president, believes it can be done when it comes to pitting Strikeforce champions against UFC champions.

“Maybe at some point, with all the creative minds thinking about this issue, we can come up with a solution and something which satisfies the fans who want sort of ‘unified’ champions,” said Espinoza, while appearing on The MMA Hour recently. “I would love to see that happen at some point, as well. I’m not different than any other fan; I’d love to answer that question, too.”

Strikeforce features the likes of Luke Rockhold atop the middleweight division, Gilbert Melendez leading the lightweights, and Nate Marquardt atop the welterweights.

Issues with contracts have been made known in the past few days, but Espinoza feels like those are things that can be worked around. He added that, “we’ve got an arrangement with Strikeforce that gives us rights to Strikeforce fights while they have those fighters under contract to Strikeforce. Beyond that, the short answer is, that’s sort of an issue in the contract between Strikeforce and the fighters. Not us.”

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Future Rockhold-Anderson Silva, Melendez-Benson Henderson and Marquardt-Carlos Condit matches would surely excite the MMA universe.

  • aaron

    of course he wouldnt mind these fights as long as they were taking place on showtime airtime…. get real, we might see all those fights one day; but, only after those guys move over to the ufc. sorry showtime, that was a weak ploy to try to make yourselves relevant in regards to mma promoting

  • diego

    i wonder what dana white has to say about this

  • Bill Schumer

    There’s a reason that they are in Strikeforce and not the UFC. Whether it be contract related or otherwise, just being a champion in Strikeforce should in no way entitle you to an immediate title shot in the UFC.

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