Out of all the booking gimmicks and ideas thrown out by Strikeforce, the one that gained the most traction with the fans was a tournament for the middleweight belt. So of course it makes sense that the idea was gutted, hee-hawed, and finally killed:
Rumors persisted after the fight that Strikeforce would still try to move forward with a tournament to declare a new top contender for a shot at Jacare’s belt, but Strikeforce top dog Scott Coker says it just wasn’t meant to be.
“We were hoping it would happen, but it didn’t happen, and we’re happy with Jacare being our world champion,” Coker told MMAWeekly Radio recently. “I think he’s a great representative and a great fighter.”
Coker cited problems with putting together a one-night tournament with virtually any athletic commission, along with a myriad of other problems, so the promotion decided against it at this time.
Honestly, I think people were more excited at the prospect of top fighters progressing forward towards a title shot in a rational, logical manner more than the one night format. What happens when you bracket up your best 185 pounders and make them all fight towards a belt? Oh I dunno … excitement, magic, and high fives all around? Sounds awful, better can that idea!