Strikeforce handed out a bunch of ‘Best of’ 2010 awards over the weekend, which is what Cris Cyborg is holding here. But they still aren’t handing out post-event awards, which I think we’ll all agree are a bunch of fun. Here’s a few I think deserved trophies of their own:
The ‘Best Display of Can Crushing’ award: Herschel Walker
Some say it’s unfair to shit on Walker for fighting lower level guys because he himself is a lower level guy. When you’re 1-0, a 4-1 opponent is perfectly fair! Well, yes and no. Yes as in their records are somewhat similar. No as in Herschel Walker is a genetic freak of an athlete getting personalized training from one of the best camps in America.
Once you factor that in it’s like NASA vs the Mexican Space Agency, a Ferrari Enzo up against a Honda Civic Si. Or, I dunno. A Heisman winning Olympic athlete versus a guy who’s one fight in 9 years was a first round TKO loss. I’m not against Herschel Walker testing his mettle in MMA. But I am against him getting handpicked opponents who are nothing more than warm bodies for him to pummel in the cage.
The ‘Most Promising Gracie’ award: Roger Gracie
It’s been so long since there’s been a Gracie worth getting excited over. I don’t know if Roger is ‘The One’ but there’s no reason not to enjoy watching him fight. He epitomizes the whole ‘generally helpless on the feet / killer on the ground’ vibe that makes watching jiu jitsu fighters so exciting. Every fight could end with him crushing or getting crushed. And in taking out a journeyman like Trevor Prangley, he’s proved that he can survive outside of Strikeforce’s kid gloved hands in the world of proper competition! Whether he’s actually interested in that or if he just wants a fight a year to keep his name in the spotlight is something we’ll find out soon enough.
The ‘Cutest Couple’ award: The Cyborgs
Yep, this isn’t just for this one event … they’re officially the cutest couple in the sport of MMA. It’s like watching two pugs kissing: kinda weird looking but damn if it isn’t adorable. Shout out to the Showtime producers who were smart enough to keep a camera on Cris through the entire fight so we could see her tears of sadness when her husband lost. Normally I have to watch shitty reality shows to see people’s dreams being crushed.