Strikeforce had another event yesterday and unless you are a huge MMA fan you probably didn’t realize it until friday or Saturday. Unless you had Showtime you probably didn’t see it either.
Luke Rockhold defended his middleweight title by unanimous decision, Nate Marquardt won the welterweight title from Tyrone Woodley by fourth round TKO and, in a stranger event, Justin Mein got smacked in the head by a camera during his fight.
There aren’t any opponents left in the welterweight division for Marquardt and for Rockhold the only option is Jacare. It’s even worse for Daniel Cormier in the heavyweight division.
Cormier recently won the Heavyweight Grand Prix, but the rest of the heavyweight division has already been dissolved into the UFC. Other than a rematch with Barnett, that fans have no desire to see, who is there for Cormier to face?
The contract with Showtime hurts because they still have to put on fights for the network, but there aren’t enough fighters to put on desirable cards.
Right now the best thing Strikeforce is doing is advancing women’s MMA. The men don’t have any options though and they need to be entered into the UFC.
It’s not as if Strikeforce doesn’t have UFC level fighters in their promotion either. Rockhold is a champion and while I don’t think he could defeat Anderson Silva, he is a solid middleweight.
Marquardt was released from his contract in the UFC, but is now in the Strikeforce promotion owned by ZUFFA. He could no doubt make some noise in the welterweight division. When he fought in the UFC middleweight division, Marquardt was a top contender throughout his career and showed Saturday what he can do at welterweight.
Strikeforce needs to be dissolved into the UFC. At this point in the promotions career it is just wading in the water as a mid level promotion with no big picture plan for the fighters. The Strikeforce confusion not only hurts the promotion, but the fighters as well because they do not know what could happen next. The only way to please fighters and fans will be for the promotion to be put into the UFC.