By Zach Arnold | December 2, 2010
Will the outcome of Chael Sonnen’s hearing impact the way we view fighters and PEDs?
Follow Josh Gross, as he will in attendance today in Sacramento. (And feel free to add your own comments here to this post.) I’m still baffled by the fact that a fighter would allegedly take a testosterone shot a day before a fight and that the idea of TRT being allowed by an athletic commission even exists. If acceptance of TRT becomes a norm amongst major athletic commissions, they may as well do away with drug testing.
Whether the suspension gets reduced to six months or twelve months, the bottom line is that there is no deterrent whatsoever for Dana White to not book an immediate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. The fan demand for a rematch continues to grow and people want to see if Sonnen’s first performance was a fluke or if it was real, regardless as to whether or not he was doping.
The collapse of K-1 will end up being the year’s biggest story
I get it. If you took 100 fans and asked them what’s more important, the Chael Sonnen hearing or K-1’s collapse, 99 would pick the Sonnen hearing. Talking and reading about K-1’s impending collapse at this point for most people is like watching paint dry. And yet, this story will deeply impact the business not only in Japan but around the world.
The door will be slammed for anyone to get back onto network television in Japan. There may be occasional one-off specials on a minor network like TV Tokyo, but that’s about it. MMA will not be major league for a long time to come. The most lucrative kickboxing promotion will also shut down. This means a lot of fighters and a lot of agents are going to be out of work. None of this is good for the business. It may be a win short-term for Scott Coker (since it will pressure guys like Overeem to focus only on Strikeforce), but part of the allure of some of the fighters under the Strikeforce banner was the ability to fight for K-1/DREAM. With the Japanese option likely off the table, expect more disgruntled fighters under the Strikeforce banner.
TUF 12 was a wretched season to watch.
Consistently brutal television in terms of the quality of MMA fights. We’ve discussed the point over and over again that the show is nothing more than a vehicle to promote a fight at the end of the series between two coaches, but it would be nice if the show made finding real prospects a top priority instead of a television executive deciding who has the best ‘TV look’ or who will get drunk on camera. There have been some mediocre seasons of The Ultimate Fighter, but this season takes the cake in totality for worst overall fight quality. UFC should be embarrassed that they aired these fights on television.
The audiences that watch the TUF 12 finale and Strikeforce St. Louis events are different audiences
Amongst all the talk about whether or not UFC will hurt Strikeforce head-to-head, my gut feeling says that the people who watch Strikeforce are inclined to do so in the first place no matter what. Whether it’s because they view it as a protest vote against watching the UFC product or if it’s due to in part to Strikeforce having a different demographic make-up for audience (older fans), I largely do not see the two audiences for Saturday’s events crossing over with each other.
As far as fight quality is concerned, the TUF 12 finale main card will likely produce better results than the Strikeforce show. There’s zero momentum for Strikeforce and the focus seems preoccupied on their upcoming 1/29 San Jose event and 2011 being “the year of the Heavyweights.” Wasn’t 2010 supposed to be the year of the Heavyweights for Strikeforce?
The best prospect fighting this weekend is…