Though fans had been assured Strikeforce would operate as it had prior to Zuffa’s recent acquisition of the promotion it appears immediate consistency only relates to contractual matters as revealed in a recent conference call with UFC brass.
One such example relates to the allowance elbows on the ground as is the case under the unified system of rules used in the Octagon. Prior to this past weekend’s surprise purchase Strikeforce had banned them based on their propensity for cutting rather than KOing.
News of the change was generally met with approval by the MMA community including Strikeforce middleweight Tim Kennedy who wrote on his Twitter page, “It sounds like we will be allowed to use elbows on the ground in Strikeforce from now on,” while also adding the emphasis of an “evil smile” at the end.
Other points discussed in the call were the possibility of PPV for the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Final and some specifics regarding the company’s deal with Showtime. According to Lorenzo Fertitta, Strikeforce is obligated to produce sixteen more shows for the premium cable network with the expectation it will expire in 2014. However, he left the door open for additional years saying Zuffa was open to discussing an extension if the feeling was mutual.
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