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Published November 9, 2012
STRIKEFORCE FOLDS, WOMEN IN UFC? MMA FIGHTING’s Ariel Helwani cited sources as confirming a TMZ report that UFC rival promotion Strikeforce women’s fighter Ronda Rousey “has fought her final fight for the promotion and is set to make her UFC debut in the near future.” Sources also confirmed that the recently announced Jan. 12 Strikeforce card in Oklahoma City “will be the promotion's last.” Helwani noted women have “never fought inside the Octagon during the UFC's 19-year history” (MMAFIGHTING.com, 11/8). YAHOO SPORTS’ Kevin Iole notes the plan is for all Strikeforce men's champions to "defend their belts" during the Jan. 12 card. A source stressed that “nothing has been signed and, thus, things could change.” Folding the promotion into the UFC “would also follow” UFC parent company Zuffa's pattern of acquiring MMA promotions and merging them into the UFC. Details are “sparse about how the merger will work and when Strikeforce fighters will begin appearing on UFC cards” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/9). On Long Island, Mark La Monica writes Rousey’s move “a significant step on several levels.” It boosts Rousey's “star power, which has grown with each fight as the former Olympic medal winner in judo submits opponents with her arm bar then flashes that Madison Avenue smile.” In addition, it will “boost ratings and pay per view buys on whatever 2013 card she fights on, seeing how her last two fights were headliners that drew some of Strikeforce's highest numbers on Showtime.” It also represents a “180-degree turn from past months and years” where UFC President Dana White said that women would “likely not fight for his promotion” (NEWSDAY, 11/9).