Randy Couture: UFC Will Absorb Strikeforce Just Like the WEC

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2012

PHOENIX - AUGUST 13:  Randy Couture speaks with the media during the Strikeforce Challengers Main Card bout at Dodge Theater on August 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Strikeforce's days are numbered, and Randy Couture is predicting a merger much like the one that followed the closure of World Extreme Cagefighting.

During a recent episode of Spike TV's MMA Uncensored Live, the UFC Hall of Famer stated that Strikeforce's roster would likely be "cherry picked" for their best fighters, much like several WEC fighters were in 2011.

But what the six-time UFC champion doesn't know is whether his own son, Strikeforce lightweight Ryan Couture, will get the call to the big leagues (via MMA Mania):

"I think you're gonna see the Strikeforce guys absorbed and plucked like they did the WEC. So, then the question is, is Ryan gonna be one of those guys they want to keep, or is he gonna be one of those guys that gets cut loose? Where are we gonna go with him? The Showtime contract's up this year, so early next year, I think you'll see something happen."

Ryan Couture is currently on a three-fight winning streak, with his last victory coming off a split decision win against Joe Duarte at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy last July.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has promised a January "super card" when the promotion returns in 2013, saying that champions Ronda Rousey, Luke Rockhold, and Daniel Cormier would all make appearances.