Sources have confirmed that Strikeforce is very close to inking its first major television contract. The exact channel is not known at this time, but Strikeforce believes coverage will be starting within a few months.
With a TV deal, Strikeforce has a chance to become a major player in the mixed martial arts world. They already hold the record for the largest indoor MMA crowd in the United States by putting over 19,000 people at the HP Pavillion in San Jose for Frank Shamrock’s win over Cesar Gracie. That event took place on March 10, 2006.
With a roster that includes Shamrock and the newly signed Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Strikeforce is making major strides towards becoming the number two promotion in the country. They also have top-notch lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Josh “The Punk” Thomson under contract.