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Strikeforce Staying on Showtime, Jan. 7 Event Officially Announced

The UFC is keeping Strikeforce alive after striking a deal with Showtime to continue airing Strikeforce events after their current contract ends in February, UFC President Dana White announced Thursday.

“It’s staying, and hopefully I’ll have all the information for you next week,” White said at the UFC 140 pre-fight press conference (via MMAjunkie).

White hinted that the deal meant further changes would be coming to the promotion, which has already surrendered champions Nick Diaz and Alistair Overeem and former title-holder Cung Le to the UFC.

“Just sit and wait and watch what I do,” White reportedly said. “Trust me, it’s going to be just fine. Like I said last time I talked to you guys about this, I’m getting into this, and I’m going to handle it. Watch and see.”

Meanwhile, Strikeforce confirmed on Thursday that it will visit the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on January 7 for an event headlined by middleweight champion Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine. Also announced for the Showtime card were Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov, “King” Mo Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin, and Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson.

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