Strikeforce lives, for now

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

Zuffa, LLC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed Strikeforce's contract with Showtime extends to 2014.

Why is this important? Well, once that contractual obligation has been fulfilled, it will likely signal the final nail in the former UFC rival's coffin.

When asked directly if Strikeforce would be stripped of its parts, UFC president Dana White danced around the question before admitting that it's not outside the realm of possibility in the future.

"Who knows?" White said. "I mean, anything's possible -- and I would never say never to anything -- but right here, right now Strikeforce will continue to run its shows on Showtime."

BABYFACE SET TO FORGIVE, FORGET

Josh (The Babyfaced Assassin) Barnett is taking news of the UFC owners acquiring Strikeforce much better than anticipated. In fact, he seems downright ready to bury the hatchet with UFC president Dana White after years of back-and-forth insults following his positive post-fight drug test at UFC 36.

"Dana likes to go out there and crush, kill, pillage, whatever; and let's face it, that's kind of my M.O.," Barnett said in an interview with Sherdog. "There is a part of me that absolutely vibes with what he does."

White's response? "If you don't like me, it doesn't mean we can't do business. Me and Tito ( Ortiz) did business for years."

... AS DALY IS TORCHING HIS BRIDGES

Now that Strikeforce is property of Zuffa, LLC, heavy-handed Brit and famed sucker-puncher Paul (Semtex) Daley isn't sure he still wants to fight Nick Diaz on April 9.

The former UFC fighter, who was fired following a post-fight cheap shot on Josh (Kos) Koscheck at UFC 113, announced his disgust via his Facebook page.

"Dana White bans me for life from the UFC, Then (sic) buys STRIKEFORCE, and thinks im (sic) still gonna be EASY and fight on one of the most anticipated fights of the year (vs Diaz)? Which will no doubt make ZUFFA/Dana White money."

Keep digging that hole, Paul.

neil.springer@canoe.com


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