LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dana White says the UFC’s acquisition of Strikeforce won’t tone down the competition between North America’s top two mixed martial arts promotions.

White says the UFC didn’t buy its top rival just to eliminate it. Strikeforce will continue signing its own fighters and appearing on Showtime, which has a deal to telecast Strikeforce through 2014.

UFC made the deal to get more fighters working for Zuffa, the company that now controls both promotions. White and Zuffa chairman Lorenzo Fertitta want to expand their MMA business worldwide, and they’ll need more shows to establish a bigger presence in Europe, Asia and South America.

White says the two promotions could unite their fighters in the distant future, but nothing is imminent.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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