Everyone has spent the last week jizzing Peter North levels of cum over Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament. Comparisons to the UFC’s heavyweight division are being made by fans, and with Brock, Shane, and Cain out, people are giving Strikeforce the edge. It’s been a slow news week, and the promotion has really soaked up a lot of MMA fans’ free brain cycles.
But rather than join the big circle jerk, we here at Fightlinker would rather point out all the ways this tournament could turn to poo. Let’s look at some nightmare scenarios:
Fedor being a bitch again
Or should we say M-1 being a bitch? Sure, we’ve gotten guarantees from Scott Coker and the gang that everything is perfect now with their relationship with Fedor. But what happens if the first round of the tournament goes by and once again M-1 realizes that 50% or whatever percent they get from their ‘co-promotions’ is still a pathetic amount of money? There’s also the possibility of M-1 having their own shows on Showtime. If that deal ends up being not as plum as they thought it would, there could be trouble as well.
Consider this: Cain Velasquez ripped his shoulder to shreds fist-fucking Brock Lesnar into the canvas back in October. Now we’ll be lucky if he’s back in action by October 2011. And that’s just from delivering a one sided beating. Now take into account the possibility of cuts and broken hands. Fedor in particular is known for having the bone density of a lactose intolerant anorexic – his broken hands were better than M-1 at keeping him out of dream matches back in the 00’s.
Overeem fighting in Japan
What, did you think Alistair Overeem would follow up on his superstar 2010 in Japan by not fighting there in 2011? He’s already stated that he’s going to stuff fights in wherever he can, which could result in all sorts of problems: scheduling nightmares, losing outside the tournament, getting injured, getting medically suspended.
Josh Barnett’s steroid issues
Scott Coker would like you to think Josh has served his time and paid the price for his repeat steroid suspensions. That’s not exactly true. While he did pay a fine, he also ended up fighting twice in 2010 while under suspension in the US: once in Japan, and once in Australia. Add in the fact that he still hasn’t gone through the re-licensing process with the CSAC, and I can’t really think of any way he could be less clear of his latest hot piss test than he currently is.
Scott Coker is confident that he’ll be able to find commissions who’ll let Barnett fight, but commissions are also famous for changing their minds about stuff last second. A little pressure from the CSAC and who knows what could happen.
Oh, and of course you have to cross your fingers and hope Barnett doesn’t test positive AGAIN through three tests.
Five round fights
I have no idea why Strikeforce is trying so hard to make all fights five rounders. The champ gets five round fights, that’s just how it is, and it doesn’t seem so unfair or strange to me that the other guys would just be fighting three. It just adds to the possibility that shitty fights will drag on forever. And lemme tell you what: an ugly gassed out POS heavyweight fight that lasts for 25 minutes is the kind of thing that can really take the wind out of an event’s sails. Think Strikeforce: Nashville.
Worst-case scenario match-ups
Strikeforce is getting some shit for the uneven bracket distribution, but I think it’s smart. You never know what’ll happen in a tournament, and doing everything you can to get the important fights out of the way before chaos fucks something up is just a good idea. But things could still go horribly wrong. Imagine the unthinkable: Bigfoot vs Werdum 2 in the semi-finals. An obvious final like Overeem vs Rogers 2. Werdum vs Kharitonov in the finals would sell approximately 7 pay per views.