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The death knell for women’s MMA? For Strikeforce?

How much longer will women’s MMA have a home in Strikeforce? How much longer will Strikeforce even exist? The writing’s on the wall.

Just look at the recent cuts the promotion has made, most notably former 135-pound champ Marloes Coenen, who lost her belt to Miesha Tate on Saturday, and Alistair Overeem, the promotion’s heavyweight champ (who gets the boot over a contract dispute of some kind and thus makes a mockery of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix). Those are big fish in a very small Strikeforce sea. Add to that the loss of welterweight champ Nick Diaz, who’s off to the UFC to challenge Georges St. Pierre, and Cung Le, who says he’s only interested in fighting for the UFC if he ever fights again. Really, how can we take Strikeforce seriously any more?

And the biggest loss when Dana White finally does take Strikeforce out behind the barn to shoot it is to women’s MMA, which currently doesn’t have a high-profile home. And with White adamantly against bringing women into the UFC unless they’re wearing booty shorts and carrying a numbered card, that doesn’t leave too many options or much of a future. Which is too bad, considering that women’s MMA has delivered some of the most-exciting fights in the sport in the last 12 months and is only now really starting to come into its own in terms of depth and breadth of talent and personality. Just when it’s starting to gain some traction among fans who never would have taken “girl fighting” seriously, it looks like it won’t have a promotion to stand on.

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