This year is turning out to be extremely front-heavy.
First, we get the “Fight of the Year” on literally the first day of 2011, as Frankie Edgar and Grey Maynard rang in the new year by trying to tear each other's heads off. Only a few months later, we already have our “MMA Story of the Year” pretty much sewn up as well.
This past Saturday, in a
live press conference on ESPN impromptu interview in the corner of Dana’s office, one that was highly attended by members of the mainstream media Ariel Helwani, White dropped the biggest bomb since the announcement of PRIDE’s demise: The UFC was purchasing Strikeforce. Right out of the clear blue sky.
Seriously, MMA media: Where were we on this one?
The go-to answer among those “in the know” is that they knew it was coming but couldn’t “confirm it independently." Right, and while I’m at it, Tiger Woods once did a line of horse tranquilizer off my coffee table before getting down and dirty with an Arby‘s hostess right there in front of me.
Of course, I can’t confirm any of that “independently." Oh, the woes of being an Internet journalist.
Where was I? Oh yeah, the UFC acquiring Strikeforce. In any business deal, there are winners and losers, and this one was no different. Read on as I break down the five biggest winners of the most important business “move” to hit MMA in years.
First, let's start with the biggest winner—literally.