With recent rumors that the string injuries that has plagued Strikeforce of late, forcing the cancellation of Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy and putting the promotion’s forthcoming November card in jeopardy, being the death knell of the San Jose-based promotion, the future of the UFC’s sister show is currently up in the air. While it is likely just a rumor, MMA Frenzy has opted to take a look back at the defunct organizations which found their final resting place in “The Zuffa Graveyard”, which in this case simply means “video library”.
It is of great import to reiterate that Strikeforce is still very much alive as of this writing, and to note there are legalities that stand in the way of the promotion being outright folded into the UFC, including various of the promotion's superstars being signed to Showtime rather than the promotion itself.
Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa in 2011 and has been run a separate entity ever since, although many of its stars have moved to the octagon.
The purchase of the San Jose-based promotion not only saw the UFC buy the rights to all Strikeforce media, but the entire video library the company purchased form Elite XC in 2008.
It remains to be seen what the fate of Strikeforce will be, although it is likely that the rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.