By: King Eddie
To be entirely honest with you, I'm split into two sides of this argument. . (the only time split personalities come in handy). . so I have a few ideas that may make sense to either side. The Cancellation of the upcoming Strikeforce card was both awesome, and horrible all at once. And here is why.
Lets face it, the show has been struggling for quite some time now. Yeah, they have had a watchable show from time to time, but did anybody really watch it? The media doesn't even really show up to those things for goodness sake. I'm not saying everything attached to the promotion is bad, I'm just saying that the show, as a business, is horrible. With the cancellation of the September card, Strikeforce has now proven that they need to let go and release thier talent into the competitive mix before they exit their prime. The company just isn't able to sustain, even with the talent they do have.
We've all seen it; every Strikeforce press conference it seems like the same 4 people are there. It would have to feel like the cocktail party that never ends. You see the same people, you hear the same conversations, and with each passing moment become more visibly infuriated. Take a look at the faces of those on the Strikeforce roster as they gear up for a fight. They don't look like warriors fired up for battle. They resemble citizens in the waiting room for the IRS just waiting for a full on audit.
The cancellation of this event may be the nail in the coffin that finally puts these souls to rest. Or at least out to greener pastures to pursue other offers. That is one good reason that this whole happening could be viewed as good.
And now for the bad.
Quite simply, the cancellation could end up proving that Strikeforce can't hold it's own as an MMA promotion, even under the control of the biggest company in the business, and create even more of a negative draw to the show and even it's talented fighters. My greatest fear is that this painful torture will continue in order to fill contractual obligations, and ever single fighter on the roster, including the talented ones, will be tarnished by the lack of ability by management to just stop the madness. Zuffa may be forced to continue this wreck, and we may be forced to witness some really good fighters go down with the ship.
Either way, it doesn't look good for Strikeforce. Yes, the UFC just cancelled an event as well. But that didn't go over too well for them either, and they control the sport essentially. SO what would a similar incident do to the extremely less attractive younger sibling of the UFC. . . kill it, that's what.