It appears to me and I am not an expert of MMA business operations, but the UFC is like the WWE in the way they handle competition. They just buy them up and take the talent.
Strikeforce was a good operation, had a deal with CBS/Showtime, with some excellent talent. Don’t know if UFC saw them as a threat, but they decided to eliminate it.
Zuffa LLC, owner and operator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has agreed in principle to purchase Strikeforce, essentially its lone remaining competitor in the mixed martial arts market, multiple sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed to ESPN.com.
UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com that Zuffa had purchased Strikeforce.
It appears UFC has a chokehold (pun intended) on the MMA business and I would assume any type of rival group that starts up will just suffer the same fate as Strikeforce.
You tell me is this good or bad for the future of MMA?