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.