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Strikeforce’s future looks kinda effed up

Mike Chia Pet from MMA Fighting lays out how messed up the current situation is with Strikeforce:

o. Welterweight champion Nick Diaz recently defected to the UFC
o. Heavyweight champion Overeem is on the last fight of his current deal
o. Light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson is on the last fight of his current deal
o. Women’s middleweight champ Cris Cyborg remains an unsigned free agent
o. Gina Carano’s comeback fight was mysteriously canceled, and there’s been no talk of a return
o. Popular middleweight Cung Le, who hasn’t fought in over one year, recently said if he does fight again, it will be in the UFC and not Strikeforce.
o. Jason “Mayhem” Miller recently left Strikeforce to sign with UFC

That’s four of their seven champions who are either gone from the promotion or in contract limbo, and three of their most popular fighters in various states of unavailability.

But hey, at least they have … uh. The Heavyweight Grand Prix … well, it’s not so grand any more. An exciting middleweight divi … eh, that’s pretty much stalled out too. Hmm.

Ah, whatever. It’s a mess, but funny enough none of this is stopping them from putting on entertaining events. This weekend’s Strikeforce event looks like da bomb. I ruined Affliction by paying too much attention to their dopey promotional issues and not enough to the entertaining events themselves. I think aside from therapeutic bitching on this site, I’ll just sit back and try to enjoy what juice can be wrung out of the promotion as it’s on it’s way out.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Cyborg was signed at least a week ago, but otherwise this outlines the upfuckery nicely.  I think the recent prospect signings suggest they want to use it as a feeder/developmental league.  I just don’t know how long Showtime will back it.  I originally heard the ST deal was till ’14, but during the Ubereem ToeGate I read rumors of it ending in ’12.

  • pewnt

    When all the contracts are said and done, Zuffa should use the Challengers idea. Re-brand it with UFC, and use it as a B league. Put Coker in “charge”. No title holders.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    I find it amusing that Cung Le assumes he can fight in whatever organization he feels like whenever it suits him. At the end of the day he’s a 40 year old d-level movie star with wins over Sam Morgan, Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith. With a resume like that he’d be lucky to be on a Versus undercard, let alone pretending that he should have a main card spot in the number one mma organization in the world.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Don’t forget he also has a loss to Scott Fucking Smith.  That’s Pete Thell territory.

    Personally, I think he should get a one-shot in the UFC if and only if it’s against Anderson Silva.  Otherwise fuck him.

  • Steve W

    I’ve been excited about this show for some time but the more I thought about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a very wrestling heavy affair with solid amount of lay and pray. Most likely I see Meisha Tate grinding out Coenen but I could also see Hendo and Kennedy taking the sage route to victory as well. And I think everyone here knows what Woodly is going to do.

    It’ll be smart strategy must not necessarily exciting.

  • Steve W

    I’ve been excited about this show for some time but the more I thought about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a very wrestling heavy affair with solid amount of lay and pray. Most likely I see Meisha Tate grinding out Coenen but I could also see Hendo and Kennedy taking the sage route to victory as well. And I think everyone here knows what Woodly is going to do.

    It’ll be smart strategy must not necessarily exciting.

  • glassjawsh

    I’ve been excited about this show for some time but the more I thought about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a very wrestling heavy affair with solid amount of lay and pray. Most likely I see Meisha Tate grinding out Coenen but I could also see Hendo and Kennedy taking the sage route to victory as well. And I think everyone here knows what Woodly is going to do.

    It’ll be smart strategy must not necessarily exciting.

  • CAP

    Oh man can tranny Gus get his fantasy match up of Anderson Silva vs. Cung Le!!!!

  • Reverend Clint

    i want cung le vs fitch

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Cung Le would get smoked by Dan Miller, let alone Fitch

  • frickshun

    I want fresh mango.

  • Reverend Clint

    ^i think you meant fresh man hole

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