View Full Version : Miletich Discusses 'Mixed Feelings' About Zuffa-Strikeforce Purchase

04-05-2011, 08:19 PM
From MMAFighting.com:

When former UFC champion Pat Miletich (http://www.mmafighting.com/tag/Pat+Miletich/) showed up to fulfill his duties as a Strikeforce commentator at last Friday's Challengers event in Stockton, Calif., he became part of a mini-reunion that he hadn't planned on when he first took the job, he told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.

The event marked the first time a Strikeforce show had been run under the Zuffa banner since the organization was purchased by the UFC's parent company in March, and as a result Miletich was back in the same arena with his former employers, this time in a very different role.

Miletich said he had "conversations, but not meetings" with Zuffa officials before the event, and while he was pleased with how things went, he admitted that he was not without reservations when he first heard the news of the monumental sale.

"You've got mixed feelings," he told Helwani. "Obviously you wonder what's going to happen. Nobody's quite sure how things are going to go. The UFC obviously runs a very tight ship. They're going to do things better overall because of experience, and so that's a good thing. You worry for some of the athletes...if things don't go well and they're not able to keep Strikeforce going Strikeforce, obviously, was purchased because they were hurting for money so hopefully the UFC can turn that around and make it profitable. Then there'll be a lot of kids that still have jobs. But if they can't and they have to close the doors and take the fighters in that they think are very valuable assets to the rest of the organization, then they'll do that and the rest will have to look for jobs. So you worry for those folks."