Strikeforce, the MMA promotion company owned by the same entity that owns the more prominent Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has announced that it will drop its heavyweight class while maintaining its women’s division. UFC President Dana White explained that the field of fighters in the men’s heavyweight division was not deep enough to continue competition. After the final Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, featuring Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, most of Strikeforce’s top heavyweight fighters are expected to move to UFC.
“We’re going to do between six and eight fights a year,” White said. “We’re going to focus on some key weight classes and the women’s division.”
With the announcement came news that Strikeforce had renewed its partnership with Showtime. MMA has always been a hit on the network, and Strikeforce’s women’s fights have consistently drawn high ratings. Find out what everyone has been talking about by checking out the next Showtime Strikeforce event: a Jan. 7 middleweight contest between Keith Jardine and Luke Rockhold.