I used to love Strikeforce. They were on NBC super late at night, they put on exciting fights, they had Cung Le back when people as dumb as me were hyping him as a future MW contender, and they allowed us to see Frank Shamrock get his ass kicked a few times, which is always nice. I’ve tried to support them – be it through my viewership or my constructive criticism. I, however, am done. The last straw:
Paul Daley’s long-rumored Strikeforce deal has come to fruition.
Strikeforce officials today announced the welterweight fighter, a UFC vet who defeated Jorge Masvidal at this past weekend’s Shark Fights 13 event, has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.
This is on the heels of Coker’s signing of Steroids McGillicutty last week – looks like Barnett will be rewarded for the sinking of Affliction with yet another shot at Fedor at some point… unless, of course, Strikeforce folds up shop and goes out of business, which is now what I’m actively rooting for. Before, I just wanted them to go back to being a successful, competently run regional promotion. I can’t do that anymore. I want them to die, die quickly, and take their memories with them.
It’s one thing to have shitty “boobs and beer” MMA commercials. It’s one thing to treat women’s MMA like shit, create divisions specifically for fighters (SF has done this for both Carano and Diaz), sign guys specifically to lose (Greg Nagy fought on CBS. Let that sink in.) and employ Gus Johnson in a capacity which expects – nay, requires – him to speak. And I put up with it, because hey, they weren’t the UFC, and they had to do what they had to do to survive. No more. Strikeforce, by signing a guy that committed unlawful assault in the ring (and another that was prevented from doing so by drug testing for PED’s), has removed itself from consideration as a legitimate MMA organization in my eyes. They’re all about eyes at this point, and that’s sad. It used to be about MMA.
So call me a UFC fan boy. My beliefs about what should happen to the top echelon of the sport doesn’t have anything to do with my recognition of the necessity of smaller organizations. Strikeforce is a tumor on MMA – the sooner they are excised, the better.