February 13 2011 10:15 AM
So now with the exception of Pride, I've attended all the major fight organizations (UFC, IFL, EliteXC, Bellator, Strikeforce) and I can easily say that the UFC is still lightyears beyond the competition. With Strikeforce pulling in $30 million in profits last year, I can only imagine what the UFC did. UFC cards flow almost flawlessly in a live setting and the production level is leaps and bounds above the competition.
Last nights card was entertaining but in the sense that most live cards I've been too, no matter how bad on paper, were entertaining. There is nothing like experiencing the events live...well participating in them is better but that's a different argument.
With the exception of the one fighter from the Fight Factory, I didn't know a single fighter on the undercard. I'm sure most of you didn't see a single fight from them and if that's the case then Strikeforce saved you some viewing pain. I've seen fights at the amateur level that were more technical. The fights had their moments of excitement but nothing that overall impressed me and with the lack of knowledge of any of the fighters, I really didn't care about any of them.
The main card, which was built like a boxing event (ie. too top heavy), started out with a completely irrelevant fight. The Valentin Overeem/Ray Sefo fight was to serve as an alternate bout to the tournament. Sefo, while a great kickboxer, is 40 years old and has no ground game. He really has no business being in MMA this late in his combat sports career. Overeem won with the white belts worst nightmare, a neck crank. LOL.
The next fight was fun to watch but the sloppiest display of fighting I've seen not in a bar. If Griggs gets selected as an alternate he's going to be massacred in 30 seconds by whoever he fights.
The Johnson/Del Rosario fight was the only fight prior to the two main fights that held any sort of weight. Both Johnson and Del Rosario are up and coming prospects for Strikeforce and this would have been an awesome main event for a Challengers card. The idea that either of these guys could potentially be thrown in as an alternate though is way too much of a jump in competition for them at this stage of their career. They still need to win a few more fights.
I don't really need to talk too much about the main fights. You saw what happened. Both fights ended in upsets. Should Fedor and Arlovski retire? Arlovski, definitely. Fedor, maybe. Fedor seems to lack the drive to fight anymore. I think this tournament would have been his last hoorah. If he won, he could have walked away on a super high note and would have probably solidified himself as the Greatest Heavyweight Of All-Time...even a notorious hater would have a hard time arguing it. However, getting subbed in under a minute and then getting brutalized the next fight out completely killed his aura. If he had come back and smoked Silva like everyone thought, the Werdum fight would have been a fluke. Now...not so much.
Where does he go from here? He has two interesting fights to compete in. The loser of the Werdum/Overeem fight or if Josh Barnett loses to Brett Rogers. Outside of that he has no one worth fighting in Strikeforce that wouldn't be locked up in the tournament for the rest of the year. If his head isn't in it though anymore, like it seems from his interviews, he should just hang up the gloves now. Because losing 3 in a row is detrimental to anyones career, Fedor or not.