Since Zuffa purchased Strikeforce, MMA fans have been calling for fights to take place pitting the organization’s competitors against those calling the UFC home. While the idea was initially written off due to the difficulty in appeasing all involved parties, some hope was given when news surfaced last month pertaining to UFC heavyweight Frank Mir heading to Strikeforce to face Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier.
Unfortunately, it appears Mir’s match-up with Cormier will be the only instance of a UFC fighter appearing under the Strikeforce banner as CEO Lorenzo Fertitta made clear in a recent interview.
“You’re not going to see more of it. This is a one-time situation,” said Fertitta in an interview with ESPN. “It was a situation where Cormier had to fight one more time for Showtime. All the Strikeforce heavyweights had come to the UFC and that didn’t leave us with a stable of guys. We wanted to put on a very relevant fight that is credible.”
Fertitta continued on to explain the company also had to get approval from FOX first before making the bout.
No specific date has been linked to the bout between Cormier-Mir though they are expected to collide in late fall (October/November).
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