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RIP Strikeforce Middleweight Tourney

Out of all the booking gimmicks and ideas thrown out by Strikeforce, the one that gained the most traction with the fans was a tournament for the middleweight belt. So of course it makes sense that the idea was gutted, hee-hawed, and finally killed:

Rumors persisted after the fight that Strikeforce would still try to move forward with a tournament to declare a new top contender for a shot at Jacare’s belt, but Strikeforce top dog Scott Coker says it just wasn’t meant to be.

“We were hoping it would happen, but it didn’t happen, and we’re happy with Jacare being our world champion,” Coker told MMAWeekly Radio recently. “I think he’s a great representative and a great fighter.”

Coker cited problems with putting together a one-night tournament with virtually any athletic commission, along with a myriad of other problems, so the promotion decided against it at this time.

Honestly, I think people were more excited at the prospect of top fighters progressing forward towards a title shot in a rational, logical manner more than the one night format. What happens when you bracket up your best 185 pounders and make them all fight towards a belt? Oh I dunno … excitement, magic, and high fives all around? Sounds awful, better can that idea!

  • agentsmith says:

    They still could have done a multi-event tournament like Bellator, but no, better to just scrap it completely, right?

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    This is suppose to be the #2 org in the US? Nigga please!!

  • agentsmith says:

    They better hope Bellator goes under before finding a better TV deal, or they may soon find themselves at #3.

  • pewnt says:

    When does any of the cool ideas Coker puts out there turn out to be reality.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i hate one night tourny’s anyways

  • glassjawsh says:

    Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler, Cung Le, Melvin Manhoef, Mayhem Miller, Cyborg Santos, Jorge Santiago, and Babalu. that was my dream and YOU KILLED IT! even suboticki would have watched that. I’m pouring a king cobra on the curb tonight for me losing hope that there will ever be another awesome tournament in MMA ever again

  • subo says:

    You know what’s worse than Dana saying he’s got a big announcement and it’s toys? Making an actual announcement about something awesome and not following through.

  • Nachtfalter says:

    What’s up with Coker’s obsession with tournaments having to be of the one-night variety? Nobody wants that crap anyway. To my knowledge all the regulated one-night tourneys had either shorter or less rounds. Who on earth wants to watch elite fighters fight for only two rounds?

    Rebney and Bellator might be bleeding money and be incompetent scumbags in general, but at the very least they understand how MMA tournaments work in 2010. Strikeforce doesn’t. Then again, Strikeforce doesn’t really understand a whole lot of things.

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