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The forums are abuzz with links to a Tatame article that reports rumors of a possible Strikeforce 8-man heavyweight tournament to encompass the better part of next year.  Now, if I get on a table and dance about the exciting possible match ups, nobody will buy it, and if I bash the substance of the tournament (Josh Barnett is a three time steroid offender and shouldn’t even be sanctioned, which he currently isn’t, let alone included in such a venture), it’s completely expected.  Rather, let’s focus on the picture above and remember last year when we went from MMAJunkie reporting that a middleweight tournament would take place October 9th in San Diego to Cung Le disavowing any possibility of participating and, ultimately, the blame being laid on the Texas AC for the tournament never happening.  This thing was largely confirmed, and it still died a quiet death.

Now, this proposal is different – it would be a tournament bracket spread across several events, eliminating any conflict with athletic commissions that don’t allow fighters to compete more than once per event (which is a fantastic rule).  However, I still have my doubts.

1.  Strikeforce has non-exclusive contracts.  They advertise them to fighters as less restrictive than Zuffa’s, and they certainly do have some advantages in that regard, but it is their very nature that all but cripples their ability to match-make down the road with any reliability.

2.  Alistair has just won a K-1 World Grand Prix, which is an impressive accomplishment.  He’s also fought for Strikeforce a total of twice in the last 37 months, taking a total of seven MMA fights with different organizations in the interim.  The idea of him a) putting his title on the line in a GP, b) giving up the title after six months of inactivity after holding onto it for over 24, or c) being committed to a fight nine, ten months down the road boggles the mind.

3.  Fedor Emelianenko’s hand has more pins in it than Hellraiser’s costume rack.  Werdum is coming off of surgery, Barnett hasn’t fought for years (and is a big fat cheater), Arlovski is on an 0-3 streak including two brutal knockouts and Kharitonov, whom I love, has looked terrible lately.  One injury to the top three seeds of this hypothetical would derail its significance considerably.

4.  Fedor has renegotiated his contract after each of his two Strikeforce fights, and the current negotiations have contributed to the pale outlook for a return to CBS anytime soon.  Who’s to say that he won’t do it again after the first and second rounds of this thing?

Look, I’d love for it to happen.  The only thing worse than a rinky-dink organization having top talent is a rinky-dink organization having top talent and not putting them in the cage against each other.  I’m not rooting against it.  Until it happens, however, I’m not going to try to kick the football.

20 COMMENTS
  • iamphoenix says:

    it’s got THIS IS NOT GONNA HAPPEN jizzed all over it.

  • mamoru says:

    Like I said in the comments of the other sf hw tourney story, they should try to do a 2-man tournament for their title first.
    If they can manage that, then maybe try for the 8-man after.

  • Symbul says:

    Alistair doesn’t give a fuck about the SF belt. You have to consider what SF was when he took it and how it happened. I don’t really know why SF set Paul and Alistair up for the inaugural belt.

    Josh Barnett fought twice in 2010, once in 2009 (in the US) and three times in 2008. According to his wikipedia page he also won gold in BJJ tournaments in 09 and 10. You’re welcome to your opinion on steroid use but he’s been active and is relevant if he gets licensed. Maybe you meant that he hasn’t fought in the US in years but that’s still not the case.

    I’m not disagreeing though that any kind of tournament going through is highly unlikely.

  • glassjawsh says:

    yes to everything. even the sexual propositions

  • subo says:

    Symbul – what I mean is that the guy hasn’t faced a decent heavyweight since losing to Big Nog four years ago.

  • NinjaCodah says:

    Even though this is typical anti-strikeforce Subo dung, it’s hard to disagree with the dude. Simply put: Strikeforce is attempting to do business with people it cannot trust, the worst of them all being Fedor and co.

    However, I would fucking LOVE to see Barnett go in the UFC and see how Subo would try to change his tune. Barnett in the UFC would give us a couple of good fights. The UFC certainly ain’t above hiring cheaters and felons.

  • Futanari Cum Dumpster says:

    cool a bunch of guys who were relevant five years ago and some ufc washouts

  • Lesnar.Dancer says:

    I love that this was written because of meeeeeeeeeeeee.

    Now that’s good “blog journalism”. Being late pass and then writing up a bunch of horse shit.

    First i love how subo will type with a shit eating grin about his parroted directly from Dana White hate for Josh Barnett and then jump into a defense of fail Sonnen. Lots of guys have done steroids, and lots of guys will continue to do steroids. If Dana White wasn’t such a cry baby bitch about Josh Barnett Subo wouldn’t give a damn because he has the brain of a small furry rodent.

    It all comes down to who you dislike as a fighter not the actual ethics.

    1. The last few strikeforce events have gone off without a hitch and are getting better and better. There is plenty of proof of that all over.

    2. I guess your mind is easily boggled when you can’t grasp the concept that Overeem wanted to put his hand to K-1 so he took time off. It’s not like he hasn’t been fighting like some of you like to pretend. Now he will put his mind to MMA and beat all comers there too. I predict we’ll see Overeem fight more in 2011 than Lesnar that’s for damn sure.

    3. Carwin’s and Nelson are coming off Surgery. So fucking what? Fighters are always hurt. Speaking of rumors why would you suggest Werdum is not healing up fine? There have been no reports to the contrary.

    4. Business is business.

    I’m sick of people crying about strikeforce when they’ve only been an international promotion for less than a year. They are a business that has grown with leaps and bounds faster than any other fight promotion, taking on staff, partners, and fighters by the handfuls.

    If you can’t relax, enjoy the show, and wait for them to iron out the tough spots than fuck you. Go watch baseball and lick your boyfriends taint.

    Anyway, Subo is just licking up my table scraps here.

  • Lesnar.Dancer says:

    Also, I’m still waiting to hear what other big interesting fight the UFC has planned for 2011 besides JDS vs Cain.

    Still waiting.

  • iamphoenix says:

    ^I wish you were funny because you really don’t serve a purpose.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i wanna know about any fight happening in any weight class in strikeforce. they are like the poor black family of MMA… living pay check to pay check always keeping an eye out for the man.

  • subo says:

    Ninja – I’d fucking BLAST Zuffa for signing Barnetto.

    IRunFromMyNameBecauseItRevealsMyStupidity – Your post was late even by BE FanPost standards. Memitim over there is twice the Strikeforce shill you’ll ever be. Sonnen’s one failed test (due to a treatment currently used by Dan Henderson and Todd Duffee, only they went through the proper channels) < Barnett’s three failures without so much as an apology or explanation.The #1 and #2 lightweights on Earth are ringing in the UFC for the new year. If that’s not interesting to you, then you’re clueless.

  • Lesnar.Dancer says:

    haha Run from my name?
    You’re really getting hung up on my name mang.

    Don’t get mad bro.

  • Márcio says:

    Another good old slice of ufc shilling brought to you by subo. Just a couple of days after the “Dana White is really an awesome guy that just saved a baby’s life” post. Merry christmas everybody.

  • iamphoenix says:

    i don’t see how you don’t cry yourself to sleep every night subo…everytime you make a post you get boned in the asshole.

  • subo says:

    If Marcio isn’t hating on me, I’m doing something wrong.

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    Isn’t it obvious that subo likes having his prostrate stimulated.

  • Futanari Cum Dumpster says:

    what kind of faggot doesnt

  • mmariusp says:

    Is this your how you show your support for the UFC? by talking shit about SF, Overeem and Fedor?

    We all know that you want total UFC domination, show your support by covering events, write about the fighters or maybe do a follow up on the credit rating article Ryan did a couple a days ago..

    Stop shitting on SF, Bellator and Dream and try to be a litte more positive and constructive.

    I Think you are a hack Subo and I think you should grow the fuck up.

  • mmariusp says:

    Is this your how you show your support for the UFC? by talking shit about SF, Overeem and Fedor?

    We all know that you want total UFC domination, show your support by covering events, write about the fighters or maybe do a follow up on the credit rating article Ryan did a couple a days ago..

    Stop shitting on SF, Bellator and Dream and try to be a litte more positive and constructive.

    I Think you are a hack Subo and I think you should grow the fuck up.

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