Showtime denies Strikeforce’s Derek Brunson opportunity to compete in The Ultimate Fighter
Strikeforce middleweight Derek Brunson’s good luck has seemed to run out. Brunson who last competed in August and lost to former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza by TKO, was selected for the final cut on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter where he would likely have been selected by coach and Jackson MMA teammate Jon Jones.
But after making it to the final cut, Showtime who has the ability to withhold Strikeforce fighters from UFC due to their television contract, shot down the idea. Brunson took to Twitter with the bad news, “As all of you know, I tried out for The Ultimate Fighter, made the show, flew to Vegas yesterday, weighed in today, filming was about to start. Showtime Network called and said they wouldn’t release me from my Strikeforce contract,” Brunson said. “So no TUF for me. I want to thank Fox Network for being such professionals in trying to handle the situation. Back to the drawing board.”
With the future of Strikeforce in doubt with the cancellation of their last two events, which were to be aired on Showtime, the network’s actions could be a good sign for those wishing to see the promotion keep it’s doors open.