Jake Rossen says promoters need to stop dicking around on dream matchups:
Strikeforce’s money fight got flushed when Fedor Emelianenko was triangle-choked by Fabricio Werdum on Saturday. Interest in Emelianenko versus Alistair Overeem has waned, and it wouldn’t even be permissible considering Overeem is champion. (Challengers usually need to win fights, not lose them, though this didn’t bother them in the case of Brett Rogers.) By insisting that Emelianenko — who already had a massive media presence thanks to Affliction and his boardroom UFC rivalry — be “built up,” they have forever lost the event status of the fight.
The UFC bears some of the same guilt. The biggest fight possible in the promotion is Georges St. Pierre versus Anderson Silva, a bout between two greats who both seem incapable of coming up short. Yet the UFC only seems interested if both “clean out” their divisions, which have now been diluted to names that carry very little intrigue. The longer the fight is put off, the better the chance that one or both will lose — making their meeting pointless.
MMA has a serious deficit of fights that will wind up having real historical interest and can induce a nervous kind of nausea in fans. There are plenty of shows and plenty of exciting matches but very little that feels like something unique is taking place. Once you lose the chance to assemble a meaningful fight, you never get it back.