Say what you will about Gilbert Melendez’s situation, but at least he’s only got one more fight on his Strikeforce contract after this weekend. Gegard Mousasi, on the other hand…
“I had one fight left. Then I was hoping maybe to go to the UFC after that, but then they offered me – they said we’re going to give you a new contract. So I signed for another six fights. Now I have a six (or) seven-fight deal, I believe, in Strikeforce,” explained Mousasi. “(Zuffa) said the Strikeforce fighters were going to stay with Strikeforce. And that’s the thing that it was, so we signed again.”
It’s taken Mousasi 3 years to get 5 fights with Strikeforce, so at that pace he’ll be locked up until … oh, 2015 or so. Fortunately for him, the writing on the wall with Strikeforce is pretty plain for everyone to see. Well, almost everyone.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was asked during a recent conference call his feelings on the fight promotion remaining on Showtime in the future.
Coker didn’t hesitate, saying, “We have a great relationship. I think we have provided great fights with great ratings. You’ll continue to see Strikeforce on Showtime for many years to come.”