What, you thought UFC signing away three of Strikeforce's five men's champions, all of which have a much higher profile than the remaining two, meant Zuffa wanted to do away with the boys from San Jose?
Apparently, that's not the case, at least not if you hear UFC President Dana White tell it, which he did recently to Heavy:
"We do want to keep (Strikeforce) around. The ball is in Showtime's court. We're waiting to hear back from them (on) whether they want to stay in the Strikeforce business or not. I can't even get into the details, it's so not my thing. I have literally not been in one of these meetings. I do the UFC, that's it. We'll see what happens."
These are sentiments echoing what White stated at the UFC 135 pre-fight press conference yesterday, when he continued to shrug off the idea of a women's division in the UFC.
The extension of that is whether or not said women would have a home in Strikeforce past early 2012, which is when the contract with Showtime runs out. And that's where White says it's up to the cable television channel if they want to renew. This despite the fact they've been given every reason not to.
Indeed, even upon being asked such questions, White looks, dare I say, mildly annoyed at having to provide answers. Video after the jump so you can judge for yourself.