Todd Duffee: The UFC buying Strikeforce means another step towards gaining respect like the NFL, NBA and MLB

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The embattled heavyweight sees only positives in light of the historic move and took to the Underground to make a handy-dandy list:

"My first thought was all the great possible match-ups we will get to see. I understand they will be operating separately for some time but I hope when they say cross promotion they are saying mega fights will happen not just strike force will have a booth at the fan expos. More unified rules and possibly better judging due to the fact that zuffa will have more power to help make those changes. Another step in gaining the same respect the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB etc. Strikeforce will now have the money to put on more shows meaning guys won't have to sit on the shelf for long periods of time. More shows means possibly more free shows. More pull within the japanese market due to strikeforces good relations which might save Japanese mma. The naysayers can now be ignored an we can rest assured that the tourney will go on. Also the greater possibility of more tournaments in the future as a feeder into the big shows."

There are plenty of fans and pundits alike that aren't exactly enamored with the idea of Zuffa controlling the entirety of the MMA landscape but don't count former UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee among them. In fact, he believes only good can come of this, namely, the fact that MMA will see more respect now that the lay of the land is much simpler than it was before. He also comes up with a rather interesting idea -- the possibility of more tournaments in the future that will serve as a feeder of sorts for fighters to make their way to the big show, presumably the UFC. An intriguing notion, no doubt, but is it actual a possibility? Anyone think it's just wishful thinking on Duffee's part, considering he's currently on the outside looking in?

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