By Zach Arnold | December 19, 2011
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Five Ounces of Pain: Strikeforce-Showtime deal was contingent on keeping Gilbert Melendez & Luke Rockhold
If the report is true, why would Showtime think that the Strikeforce belts carry the same kind of weight as being a UFC champion?
Solution: Bring someone over from the UFC to fight him. It doesn’t have to be the champion. Bring one of the many quality guys over to challenge him. I have just the guy. He’s a big name, he can bring attention to the promotion, and he offers the instant credibility that only a former UFC champion can provide. Bring over BJ Penn to fight Melendez.
As long as UFC is running the amount of PPVs that they are scheduled to produce, BJ Penn will be a PPV headliner and not a headliner for a Showtime deal that is the B-level deal.
With that said, I’d love to see the fight happen… but it’s not going to happen.
The question is… who’s left in the field that can compete with Cyborg’s physical size?
Strikeforce has thus far found Melendez the best competition available, but there’s no question that he’s outgrown his little pond. Bouts against ranked, or even credible, competition will be few and far between from here on out, which is why it’s all the more important that the champ make a statement with each and every punch. Last night he failed to do that. This is not to take away from Masvidal, as he is dangerous, but most consensus rankings place him somewhere in the mid-to-high 20?s. Melendez put together solid combinations and stayed out of trouble round after round, which was more than enough to convincingly win the fight. But right now he’s stranded out on that island. If he wants to earn the kind of attention and respect that he’s after, he’s going to have to light a massive fire and scream a little louder with his performances.
Is this going to be a ‘forgotten’ show on the event calendar for fans? The main card definitely feels very light on big star power.
Bleacher Report: Gilbert Melendez could be the one to defeat Frankie Edgar
Would it be a pretty fight to watch, though?
Liver Kick via Middle Easy: Strikeforce is the MMA world’s purgatorio
Last night proved to be the first bigger Strikeforce event since the Showtime deal was re-negotiated, and something about the show did not come off as planned. On paper, the card was exciting and showed a lot of promise, but in execution it was a mess. If a fighter is competing within a promotion that stands on its own, there is something for them to achieve, but when the promotion is a feeder league with parallel divisions, the whole scope of the game changes. Part of what helped with Strikeforce’s charm was the attitude and identity of the promotion. It felt like a spiritual successor to some of the bigger Japanese events, with a focus on entertainment and promoting the fighters, not just the brand.
The accompanying graphic in the article is worth the click alone.
The Fight Nerd: Check out the original call for fighters UFC ad from 1993!
It’s exactly what you would expect it to look like. It looks like it was done in Wordperfect.
…Zuffa argues that New York does not have a rational basis for its blanket ban of professional mixed martial arts in the state. It states that New York does not articulate the reasons for the ban. While safety and messages of violence may be interpreted as the reasons for the law, Zuffa contends that these reasons fall flat since other forms of martial arts are legal in New York and studies show that MMA is a safe sport. In addition, Zuffa argues that there is no rational reason that it bans MMA even though there are other violent forms of speech (i.e., video games, violent movies and music lyrics) that are not regulated.
As a bonus, here’s an MMA Metrics report about Pro Elite market research on just who is watching MMA these days.