Strikeforce has just announced two more pretty sweet fights for their “Strikeforce: Hey, Remember That Heavyweight Grand Prix Thing We Started In February? This Is Part Two” event. First off, Gesias Cavalcante (also known as JZ Calvan in Japan for no obvious reason) will be fighting Justin Wilcox, which is great considering up until this point JZ couldn’t get in a fight if he spent a day in Stockton with a bullhorn calling people faggots. Then there’s KJ Noons and his hair taking on Jorge Masvidal and his superior ground game.
Pretty solid stuff, but this card is starting to sound pretty packed. We’re used to Showtime giving us four fights per televised portion and that’s it. With these two fights, this card is already up to seven fights worthy of main card status:
- Alistair Overeem vs Fabricio Werdum
- Josh Barnett vs Brett Rogers
- Gina Carano vs Sarah D’Alelio
- Daniel Cormier vs Jeff Monson
- Chad Griggs vs Valentijn Overeem
- Jorge Masvidal vs K.J. Noons
- Gesias Cavalcante vs Justin Wilcox
Could it be that Strikeforce’s past tradition of farming the undercard out to local fighters is over? While it will suck if Showtime continues it’s quest to ‘be different’ and show as few fights as is possible, more great fights happening is always good news. Especially when it means burning through all those existing contracts so fighters can be shuttled over to the main fight organization everyone wants to see them in.