Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker didn’t really say anything new on Thursday. Instead, Coker confirmed what everyone already knew.
Following a January 12 card entitled Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, the promotion will no longer be show on Showtime.
“Since 2009, Showtime has been a great partner and we appreciate its support of Strikeforce and our athletes,” Coker said. “For our final event, we’ve loaded the card with some outstanding fights. This is going to be a memorable night for the sport of mixed martial arts.”
Most have felt it was only a matter of time before Strikeforce closed up shop. And, while Coker did not confirm that, all signs point to the end for the promotion.
Strikeforce has had two events cancelled by Showtime in the past few months after injuries ruined the main events. The January card has also two championship matches, as well, since being announced.
Showtime officials have stated they plan to remain in the MMA business, though nothing has been confirmed or a promotion announced.