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O Strikeforce, Where art thou?

With November 7, 2009 rapidly approaching, am I the only one noticing that the upcoming CBS debut of Strikeforce on national television seems to be lost?

I’ve given it careful thought, ignored, missing, and awful quiet are all words I considered using to describe the upcoming Strikeforce card.  But due to the fact that this article isn’t solely about promotion of this event, lost appears to be the best word possible.

We are 30 days away from what some would view as the most important card in your promotions history, can you tell me about your fight card please?   As of this writing, there is exactly ONE confirmed fight.  That’s right ONE.

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Fedor Emelianenko (30-1) vs. Brett Rogers (10-0) – 3X5 – Heavyweights

OK, I’m willing to play the game, I’m willing to make the calls, read the news sites, call the managers, call the fighters directly, and email Strikeforce representatives directly.  After all of that, we still have TWO almost confirmed fights.  It appears all but certain that Jake Shields will fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the Strikeforce middleweight title.  To be fair, the two fighters have spoken on the record about the fight, and appear to be training for one another.

Outside of  the two fights mentioned above nothing is truly known about this main card.

Today Gegard Mousasi confirmed that he would be fighting on November 7, and defending his Strikeforce title.   This is terrific news, with one exception, no one knows who it is he will be squaring off with in a month.  Sure we can guess and speculate, but should we really have to?  Forget me for a minute, and forget you as a fan and potential paying ticket buyer.  We have every reason to believe the champion is fighting in 30 days and doesn’t know against who.  Let’s break that one down into MMA speak.  Gegard Mousasi, the Strikeforce lightweight champion has roughly 20 days left of actual preparation for a mystery opponent.  Let’s be honest the two names being thrown around do not appear on paper to be much of a threat to the young star, but the fact of the matter is  you would not necessarily  train and game plan for a top level BJJ opponent the same you would a powerful striker.   While it’s romantic to “man up” and fight all challengers, the sport is evolving. People actually train and game plan for fights.   At what point do we have to put an asterisk next to a fight as a “short notice special”.

Short notice fights when used this way are not only unfair to the fighters, they are unfair to the fans.  Will we really see the best fighter A  vs. fighter B  when they have less than a month to prepare?  Let’s not be fooled into thinking these fighters will have a chance to breath from about 2 weeks out.  They will trying to cram 2 months worth of promotion into 2 weeks, making travel arrangements, taking calls from every friend and family member they know. All the while, trying to keep their cardio right, eat right, cut weight, avoid injury,  think about their last second replacement because Fighter B.  did get injured 10 days out.

They appear LOST.  You can’t really tell me Strikeforce is doing this on purpose can you???

Now lets take a look at what is rumored.

  • Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers
  • Jason Miller vs. Jake Shields (for the Strikeforce middleweight title)
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. TBA (for the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title)
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. TBA
  • Antonio Silva vs. TBA

That’s a whole bunch of TBA. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that  also rumored  is Bobby Lashley.  Strikeforce has the fighters , they have everything it takes to put on a top quality show.   I like Strikeforce,  I would like to see them do well, but I don’t know where they are.   The need to match up 12 fighters, and 30 days out 2 are confirmed matched, 2 are pretty much confirmed , and 1 says he is on the card.   As a fan all the TBA  makes me say WTF.

Have you seen any advertisements for this show??  That’s another story all together.

O Strikeforce, Where art thou?

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