I’m trying really hard not to crap on Strikeforce too much here. I don’t buy the whole UFC vs Strikeforce narrative, I’m sick and tired of people picking sides, and when I hear that Strikeforce should avoid popular names like Keith Jardine because they don’t want to look like they’re getting the UFC’s sloppy seconds, I just roll my eyes. Does everything really have to be viewed 100% from the POV that this is a war between two promotional companies? I like Strikeforce. I like their events. I even like Scott Coker. He seems very huggable.
But still, it’s hard not to get frustrated when Scott takes what sounded like an exciting middleweight tournament featuring all the best Strikeforce guys that can make the weight and then hum-haws on it to the point where I just say OK, I’m starting to not care any more.
“We spent about three or four hours on it today, mapping out is this a 16-man tournament? Is it an eight-man tournament? Is it a four-man tournament? I just don’t think a four-man tournament, it wouldn’t be a good representative of the talent base that we have. So I think we’d have to go to an eight-man, maybe even a 16-man tournament,” said Coker.
“It hasn’t been decided yet, we’re still trying to work out the kinks and walk through each process, but it will probably end up being an eight-man tournament.”
Some of the names Coker mentioned that could fill slots in the tournament bracket include Robbie Lawler, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Nick Diaz, Tim Kennedy, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Benji Radach, and Luke Rockhold.
“The other thing too is maybe we have a fight between now and when the tournament starts to crown a new champion, and then the tournament champion would fight the current champion,” Coker commented.
If that’s the case then a rumored fight between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Tim Kennedy for the upcoming Aug. 21 Strikeforce card could end up being a middleweight title fight.
Just for reference: Strikeforce first started talking about that middleweight tournament nearly three weeks ago. And we’re still wondering if this will be 16 or 8 or 4?
Ask your retarded cousin – the one who’s mom sniffed glue through her entire pregnancy – what the magic number for tournaments is? He’ll tell you EIGHT, and then try to bite you, so watch out for that. Should Strikeforce have a fight for the vacant middleweight belt now, Corky? “Wha? Awe yu wetawded? A touwnament fur tha bewt is cewl. A touwnament witout two top contendews dat is ownly fer #1 condewndershwip is laaaaaame.”