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Default UFC: We're not a monopoly, we just crush a lot

Former Elite XC boss Gary Shaw says it is. Former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says it isn't.

After nearly three months of closed door negotiations, Coker was able to find a suitable buyer for his San Jose-based fight promotion after his investors expressed an interest in getting out of the fight game and back to the business of ice hockey.

UFC President Dana White shocked the MMA world back on March 12 when he revealed that Zuffa, parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), was the proud new owner of what was widely considered the world's number two fight promotion.

If you're a fighter looking to make a career out of MMA, that leaves you very few choices when it comes to earning a living. Sure, you can compete at any one of the dozens of regional promotions across the country, but be prepared to hold a second (or third) job to support yourself.

Does that constitute a monopoly? White presents his side to USA Today:
"People always say 'monopoly.' The people who say that don't know enough about the sport. If you go state to state and called the athletic commission in every state where we're sanctioned and ask them how many MMA events were held there this year and how many times did the UFC come, the answer is going to be once or zero. We're not a monopoly. We're just the best. We do what we do the best."
While both Strikeforce and UFC continue to operate as separate entities, most of the MMA community expects Zuffa to eventually merge the brands much like it did with World Extreme