Vadim Finkelstein, isn't buying it.
Buying what, you ask?
"I do not believe that Strikeforce will somehow maintain its independence from the UFC and that the organizations will continue to work as they did before."
Finkelstein, the M-1 Global president and Fedor Emelianenko's manager, is among the growing number of people who just don't buy into UFC president Dana White's claims that Forza LLC's purchase of Strikeforce will not change things and that it will be business as usual for both promotions.
"I think that the fate of Strikeforce is quite predictable and will be a repeat the fate of other organizations that the UFC purchased (i.e. WFA, PrideFC, and WEC)."
He recently gave an interview with the Russian sports news website MixFight.ru and expressed his thoughts on the acquisition:
"The news of the acquisition of Strikeforce by Zuffa (Forza LLC is on offshoot of Zuffa) caught me so off guard that I initially did not believe it when I got the call from our partners telling us about it. But the next day, the deal was reported on both of their official websites."
When asked as to what the future holds in terms of the deal's effect M-1′s dealings with Showtime, Finkelstein says that is up in the air also:
"I don’t know what our relationship is with other organizations, in particular with Strikeforce and Showtime and our partners will be like moving forward as we have no clear idea of how events will unfold. Anyway, I think that all of the agreements will be fulfilled and that they will still broadcast all of our events on Showtime, as was stipulated in our contract conditions. What the future holds is anyone's guess."
Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.
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