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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently made some interesting remarks about the future of his company’s heavyweight division. He declared that “all of these guys are going to fight each other in 2011” and that Strikeforce isn’t “going to hold anything back.”

What makes these comments notable is the California-based fight promotion’s utter failure to adequately promote their heavyweights over the past few years. According to Coker, that is all about to change. Whether he’s intentionally bullshitting or spewing wishful thinking in public remains to be seen, but for a moment let’s take him at his word. If Strikeforce’s impressive roster of heavyweights will indeed be more active in 2011, how exactly do we match them up?

F*ck if I know, but I’ll toss out some suggestions after the jump.

The big question is what to do with the fighters at the top. Alistair Overeem is the current champion, having defended his belt a total of one time in roughly three years. He has a previous lost to Fabricio Werdum, who also just beat Fedor, the man considered the heavyweight kingpin for the majority of the past decade.

While Fedor’s management seems to be angling for either an immeditate rematch with Werdum or a title fight with Overeem, I say nay. No matter what business Strikeforce thinks they’ll do in the short-term by putting Fedor in one of those fights, the company needs to think long term and establish some legitimacy for their heavyweight belt. That means making the title fight that makes the most sense: Overeem vs. Werdum. Werdum just beat the number one guy on the planet and has a previous win over Overeem. This one’s a no brainer.

As for Fedor, match him up with Coker’s most recent signee, Josh Barnett. The two were supposed to headline the final Affliction show and fans have wanted to see them clash for years, so put them together in a de facto title eliminator. Hell, might as well put it on the same card as Overeem v. Werdum and put that shit on CBS to revitalize interest in the Strikeforce heavyweights over the course of a single show.

Now on to those at the middle of the pack. Bigfoot Silva just scored arguably the biggest win of his career by outpointing former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski. Despite that, he still needs another win or two before he’s a legitimate title contender. Since his rumored match-up with Valentijn Overeem, Alistair’s brother, seems to be off, a match-up with another recent Strikeforce acquisition in Sergei Kharitinov makes sense. Kharitinov is a tough-yet-beatable opponent for Bigfoot, and the winner of the fight would find themselves in prime position for an evern higher profile fight later in the year.

As for the bottom of the pack, a fight between Brett Rogers and Shane Del Rosario makes sense, as Rogers was the up-and-coming dominant prospect a short time ago, a role which Del Rosario now occupies. Why not have the two face off in a fight that could be Del Rosario’s coming out party, or instead Roger’s return to the top of the heap?

Other than that, I like Arlovski versus Bobby Lashley. With Arlovski’s current three-fight losing streak, his value as a high profile fighter has significantly diminished. The same can be said for Lashley after his poor performance and subsequent loss to journeyman Chad Griggs a few months back. Instead of putting either man in a “tune-up fight,” where they could potentially suffer a loss to a no-name opponent, it makes sense to put them against one another. In that case, at least one of them will still have some name value going forward, especially in light of each man’s probably high price tag.

Agree? Disagree? Have something terrible to say about me? Let me know in the comments.

  • Makinal says:

    totally agree

  • Azorion says:

    Yeah, that all makes a lot of sense. Put in your resume with Strikeforce for matchmaking.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    This makes sense. So I expect SF to do the exact opposite.

  • Symbul says:

    No way Lashley accepts a fight with Arlovski. I expect more of the same from him. Last I heard he was angling for a rematch with Griggs.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    great matches for a strikeforce. they need all the help they can get. i cant wait to see what that mongoloid coker does.

  • shawn says:

    Yeah, that’s been floating around the interwebs for a while, but I dunno.

    I think he has to realize that he’s not Brock Lesnar (meaning he’s not a guy that’s going to come into this sport and start beating the top guys) and that if he is going to lose again, he might as well do it against someone who is highly regarded or has some name value.

    If he wins, he’s back on the map. If he loses, he’s still practically a rookie and it was against a former UFC champ.

    Point is, if he wants his MMA career to continue past his next fight, he can’t afford to risk losing against another no name opponent. Dropping a fight to a guy like Arlovski won’t be a final nail in the coffin for his career. Dropping a fight to another guy like Chad Griggs will be.

    We’ll see what happens.

  • Boog says:

    I second the “that makes so much sense that there’s no way it will happen” sentiment.

  • Márcio says:

    I agree 100%, solid matchmaking.

  • frickshun says:

    Shawny–>that was laugh out loud funny!! Oh… were being serious?? Well I have to find something on this damn site to laugh about….

  • RaginAsian says:


    Side note: how sad is it that Brett Rogers has only had one (demoralizing) fight this year and had to turn to upstart W-1 to get paid? Better than turning tires, I guess.

  • G Funk says:

    Frick, lately it seems that laughs and FightLinker are comparible to tight fresh pussy, full set of teeth and Shawns mom. But you prob won’t read this comment as there is no ‘my topics’ tab any-more…

  • KrmtDfrog says:

    Great matchmaking

  • Billytk says:

    I’m probably in the minority here but I really want to see the Fedor v Werdum rematch, I want to see how Fedor fights when he has something to prove, not to mention the fact that although I’m sure a lot of people will disagree I think everything he’s done for the sport and the great fights he’s given us over the last decade entitle him to a chance at redemption.

  • shawn says:

    I think most people would agree with you. I know, as a fan, I want to see fedor attempt to avenge that loss. But again, looking long term, the company has to start legitimizing their belt as opposed to going for the quick fix. That means overeem v werdum. If fedor still is the fighter he was then he will beat someone like barnett or any of the other top contenders and then he’ll get a chance to prove himself against werdum.

  • glassjawsh says:

    if subo had written this people would be telling him what a cocksucking ass pounding faggot he is

  • subo says:


    But who oh who is next for Herschel Walker?

  • P W says:

    “if subo had written this people would be telling him what a cocksucking ass pounding faggot he is”

    Subo could simply not have written that, so I’m not sure what you are trying to say.

  • glassjawsh says:

    i was implying that even if subo had written this (which has been received rather favorably) that people would come out of the woodwork to shit on him because he is subo. (ie, i was being meta)

  • P W says:

    Then I got what you were implying, but it was so totally ridiculous I just had to ask for a confirmation.

  • G Funk says:

    Yes, because Subo *pronounced (sub-oh) not (sube-oh) would not write an article like this. I hate that Ryon has started to mind Subo’s constant corrections to the pronunciation of his screenname.

  • glassjawsh says:

    g-funk has my back!

  • G Funk says:

    I get this feeling that we were childhood enemies who scrapped and became best buds…. hmmmm maybe not. Frick you and there was much defecation!

  • agentsmith says:

    I agree with everything except Arlovski vs Lashley. There’s zero gain for Arlovski in taking a freakshow fight like Lashely, cause if he loses (God forbid) then he’s obviously completely fucking done, and if he wins it doesn’t matter for shit.

    Give Rogers someone like Daniel Cormier, and set up Arlovski vs Del Rosario.

  • frickshun says:

    Hey G Funk…….let’s have a fistfight & then become best pals!!

  • G Funk says:

    ^ pfff, I’d whoop your tiny designer speedo wearing, pinga colada drinkin, volleyball playin, fist pumpin pale jewy Jersey ass!