Sorry, Gilbert Melendez. No UFC for you!
Strikeforce, you know, the promotion that appeared to be on its deathbed as early as one month ago, has struck a deal to continue broadcasting events on Showtime in the year 2012.
Details have remained scarce, though, as UFC President Dana White has maintained his silence regarding what exactly the situation is. Until now.
Here's the word from the man himself:
"The guys that are in Strikeforce are staying in Strikeforce. Strikeforce lives. Gilbert Melendez and all the guys that are in the Strikeforce show and with Showtime, I will make fights (for them). They will be happy to be there. Believe me, I got this thing worked out. It's going to be good for everybody. It's going to be good for the fighters, it's going to be good for Showtime, and it's going to be good for Strikeforce."
Melendez is just one week away from defending his Strikeforce lightweight championship against Jorge Masvidal on Dec. 17 in San Diego, California.
It was expected that he would make the jump to UFC shortly after. This thought was perpetrated by White himself, who said he wanted "El Nino" fighting inside the Octagon "ASAP."
Not anymore, apparently.
But if Strikeforce lives, they'll have to figure out a few things and fast. Most importantly, a champion needs to be crowned in the welterweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. Surely, that will all be worked out in 2012.
Business as usual.