Some writers have already pounced on the idea that this deal could lead to the UFC eventually appearing on the premium cable network.
Others have gone on to say that the real underlying narrative is that Viacom, through Spike, MTV2, and Showtime.
For the present time, it's best to dismiss those ideas.
UFC President Dana White has been outspoken in his criticism of Showtime, specifically in regards to Ken Hershman.
While grudges can be ironed over, there are still far too many sticking points for me to think that a deal can be worked out.
Dana White likes to have total control over how the UFC product is presented, and up to this point, that has been a fundamental stumbling block in negotiations.
Additionally, it's not like Showtime couldn't have worked out a deal with the UFC before. They had plenty of opportunity, but decided to work with Strikeforce instead.
By purchasing Strikeforce. Zuffa has strengthened its negotiating power, since Showtime has few other viable MMA options, but the key hurdles remain in place.
If the UFC can't come to some agreement with Showtime, their current deal with Strikeforce is a burden more than anything else.
While we don't know all of the legal details, there's speculation that Showtime's current contract with Strikeforce could prevent the UFC from plucking off key fighters and moving them to the UFC.
The UFC is actually in a pretty good place right now as far as title contenders are concerned, but should any injuries crop up, it would be nice to be able to throw a Nick Diaz, Ronaldo Souza, or Overeem into the mix.
Showtime's agreement may prevent that, which is why many in the media have said that the UFC is now simply waiting for that contract to expire before dissolving Strikeforce entirely.