Just hours after completing a deal to purchase select assets from ProElite, Strikeforce jointly announced with Showtime on Thursday a new live MMA series that calls for Showtime to televise up to 16 Strikeforce events per year.
The deal is similar to EliteXC’s prior deal with Showtime that included 4 primetime events on CBS and 12 Showtime events, including cards focused on up-and-coming fighters.
Strikeforce’s first Showtime-televised event will take place on April 11th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event is slated to feature Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock with Benji Radach vs. Scott Smith also rumored for the card.
Strikeforce’s fighter acquisitions in the ProElite deal, according to Yahoo Sports’ Dave Meltzer, include Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Nick Diaz, Eddie Alvarez, EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, and EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields.