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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.

Courtesy of Strikeforce.com

LIVE ON CBS!

FIGHT CARD (ADDITIONAL FIGHTS TO BE ADDED SHORTLY)

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?

17 COMMENTS
  • edub says:

    Great article. I was thinking about this scenario today.

    Ive seen reports on Cyborg being on this card against Marloes Coenan. How the hell would they fit that in to the main card.

    This just seems like 1 big cluster f*ck to me. It really will be a shame if the fights on Nov. 7th are effected by it.

    IMO Coker should have had the fights figured out the hour after he was notified the card on NOV. 7th was a go.

  • Joseph says:

    1) CBS is going to start promoting the event on CBS more and more as we get closer:

    2) There was one CBS commercial during the NFL Pregame Show this past weekend.

    3) Most fights are already confirmed, (two undercard bouts are already official).

    4) They are only showing 4 fights (5th will be a swing bout) for the event, and have most people lined up. They are going to make this card pretty huge, and the rest of the televised card will be ready by the end of this week, early next week. All fighters are already training for their bouts.

  • David Andrest says:

    Cyborg is out with injury.

    If we remember correctly, cyborg vs. corano turned into a trainwreck with injuries and changes.

    Hopefully this new match maker will finally get this all under control. I love Strikeforce and they have some great talent under contract. it’s time to use them.

  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    Correct Dave, also known as “The Patchwork Quilt Fiasco”

    I hope injury and illness doesn’t plague this card as well, but honestly, after the changes and rechanges on the last card, I’m used to it from SF. Doesn’t mean I won’t watch though.

    I honestly don’t know how deep any of their rosters are. Perhaps they have to dig a bit to get injury free / medically unsuspended fighters?

    Either way the rabbits will be pulled from the hat in due time.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    Fedor Emelianenko (30-1) vs. Brett Rogers (10-0)

    is the ONLY fight they need to make ALL of us watch it

    the rest are just perks

  • Chi-Town MMA says:

    I got tickets and can’t wait to hear something! It sucks they are waiting so long, but they did just hire that new matchmaker right?

    BTW: MARK MILLER VS. DERAY DAVIS AT STRIKEFORCE ON CBS

  • Vogairian says:

    It’s starting to get to the point where the fights will seemed thrown together. How many people are going to want to take on Gregard or Fabricio on such short notice and be legitimate threats.

  • fraz says:

    Very good article. Strikeforce is on the right track but still has a long way to go.

    As xtreme_machine points out though, Strikeforce is relying on Fedor (and Fedor alone) as the draw for this card – and since it’s not a PPV card, they don’t even have a huge incentive in rushing to finalize the other bouts.
    The main problem I see is that they haven’t even started promoting Fedor on CBS yet.
    Both Strikeforce and CBS should already be educating the sports public about Fedor’s background and be giving reasons to the casual MMA fan to tune in for that fight. Then once fans tune in, they have the chance to show off their other top fighters.

    CBS cross-promotes every other TV show they have during NFL games with announcements and previews. They had better start doing the same with Fedor and their Strikeforce card or they are missing a HUGE opportunity to draw new viewers.
    Also, NOW is the time to get Fedor on the Dave Letterman show a couple of times before the fight. Dave’s ratings are huge right now because of the extortion scandal.

    Is this system fair to the fighters in terms of fight-prep? No, of course not. But that’s the norm, not the exception in promotions other than the UFC (and DREAM to a certain extent).

  • H3ro says:

    This is what sets apart UFC from StrikeForce. Great management. A lot of people diss Dana White for speaking up, but he has not had any problems with matchups or fighters for a UFC event.
    I can’t blame CBS for not promoting StrikeForce right now. They don’t have enough to promote the event. It’s CBS waiting for StrikeForce to get it’s act together.
    Matchmaking for StrikeForce must be difficult because they don’t have enough good fighters to mix and match. They can’t even find somebody for Gegard, and the Lightheavyweight Division is stacked with great fighters…mostly in UFC though.
    One more thing: Where the hell is M-1 in all this?? What are they doing to help with the promotion?

  • edub says:

    H3ro: This is what sets apart UFC from StrikeForce. Great management. A lot of people diss Dana White for speaking up, but he has not had any problems with matchups or fighters for a UFC event.I can’t blame CBS for not promoting StrikeForce right now. They don’t have enough to promote the event. It’s CBS waiting for StrikeForce to get it’s act together.Matchmaking for StrikeForce must be difficult because they don’t have enough good fighters to mix and match. They can’t even find somebody for Gegard, and the Lightheavyweight Division is stacked with great fighters…mostly in UFC though.One more thing: Where the hell is M-1 in all this?? What are they doing to help with the promotion?

    They’re letting Strikeforce use Fedor. Thats where they get ya.

  • submit662266 says:

    Good call on the absence of M-1. We haven’t seen them b/c they are parasitic and are currently scheming how they will topple THIS MMA promotion.

    Affliction failed b/c of poor mgmt. When they ran an event, they needed to promote their next event. They never did that. SF needs to promote this event as well or M-1 will take the money and run. Look at the one giant success story in MMA: during all of their shows, they promote upcoming shows (isn’t that brilliant?). They tell us who will be fighting, splice in the top 5 highlights from their careers within 2 seconds with muddled graphics, and then wait for us to show them the money. And it works!!

  • dpk says:

    Yeah, these fights should be locked in by now. I heard that they are actually going to match Werdum and Bigfoot against each other, then they could slide Lashley or Cyborg into the main card. But seriously, they need to finalize these fights by the end of the week, just so the fighters have time game plan.

  • MM izzle my Nizzle says:

    Fedor vs Rogers
    Miller vs Shields
    Mousasi vs HENDO!!!/Randleman/Sokadju
    Werdun vs Overeem/Lashley
    Big Foot vs Kharitonov/Lashley
    Cyborg vs ???
    They are waiting to sign Hendo if possible, they are waiting to see if Overeem can make the piss test and are in negotiations with Dream for Kharitonov.
    Am I dreaming or will Strikeforce make it happen.

  • MM izzle my Nizzle says:

    Also the later they leave it the less likely the UFC can counter any of it’s moves. They have learned from others mistakes and are leaving it until
    1, they are all but sure they can go ahead
    2, the UFC will find it difficult to…play the game shall we say

  • MMApride19 says:

    MM izzle my Nizzle: Also the later they leave it the less likely the UFC can counter any of it’s moves. They have learned from others mistakes and are leaving it until
    1, they are all butsure they can go ahead
    2, the UFC will find it difficult to…play the game shall we say

    Hmmm i strongly disagree with this. They should be promoting.. marketing… extensively. Why is UFC so big? Because they market and promote the fighters and events like they are going to be the biggest events of the year. And thats for EVERY event. UFC hype events and fighters up so much, that you always know about it/them. Whether it be from the website.. or on TV. Strikeforce should be marketing this fight to be unmissable. I mean, hype Rogers up SO MUCH, that people are watching it because it may be the first time ever that Fedor loses. You know, get those doubts into people minds, make things exciting. And with just ONE confirmed fight.. thats not an EVENT. Im sorry, but that isnt acceptable i dont think. Especially with such a short time left. That is not oganised, and not how a professional organisation should act. Im also not please that hey announced Mousassi would fight, so close to the event.. AND his opponent hasnt even been announced… If the opponent hasnt even been decided yet… and not even notified.. thats even worse!!! I mean poor guy.. he will have only been given ONE month to prepare for Mousassi, a very dangerous fighter.

    Hmm im glad this article was written, because its something iv been wondering for a while now. Where are you strikeforce? What are you doing?

    They should be trying to make this the biggest strikeforce event EVER.

  • scarred fighter says:

    this so really stupid. they finally get a fight for fedor and the rest of the card is not filled. strikeforce better be careful before they end up like elite xc broke and dun like dinner get the card filled ediots today

  • QueenKong says:

    I just read on another mma news site that Mark Miller-TUF 9 alum and IFL vet to face Deray Davis who was on Bellator.It says on the undercard on CBS so Idk if this is planed for tv or not.When I read it I thought with all the big names thrown around I’ll be disappointed if this is on the televised card since there’s only 4 bouts planned.
    I definitely agree with this article that they need to hurry and get this card set and promote it.

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