Een paar maanden geleden leek het erop dat Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez de overstap zou maken naar de UFC. Maar een deal met SHOWTIME gooit roet in het eten, aldus Dana White:

“The guys that are in Strikeforce are staying in Strikeforce. Gilbert Melendez and all the guys that are in the Strikeforce show and with Showtime, I will make this right. They will be happy to be there. Believe me. I’ve got this thing worked out. I’ve got it figured out. It’s going to be good for everybody. It’s going to be good for the fighters, it’s going to be good for Showtime, and it’s going to be good for Strikeforce. Trust me, I got this.”
 
“We’ll see what happens, but this thing’s going to work out. We’ve got it dialed in, and we’ve got this thing figured out. I wanted to announce it and tell you guys about it today (Saturday), but it’s going to be a good thing. We’ll make this thing work. WEC worked. It was great. We’ll make this thing work too.”