This isn’t really news. News implies something ‘new’, it’s right there in the word after all. This is more of a repeat affirmation of past news, with that news being Strikeforce sucks at keeping it’s fighters busy. Here’s the latest quotes from some disgruntled dudes on the roster, because I’m sick of posting about Nick Diaz’s bullshit complaints and would rather push these guys’ legit ones. Let’s start with JZ Cavalcante, who signed with Strikeforce back in June 2010 and has had all of one fight with the promotion:
And how are things with Strikeforce now?
Not good at all. They’ve been promising me a fight since December and every month they say the same thing: that I’ll be on their next card, next month… Meanwhile they’ve offered me two bouts with five days in advance and I asked them sometime to think about it. They called me in the morning and I asked them to give an answer in the evening. Then, when I called them, they have found someone already, and they didn’t tell me anything, they didn’t call me… I hope that with Strikeforce’s purchase, its organization will improve, and also its structure.
As if being stuck on the Strikeforce bench isn’t bad enough, JZ is one of the many, many, many fighters still waiting to get paid by those assholes in DREAM. In a less shitty spot is Strikeforce middleweight champ Jacare, but he’s not all that happy either:
I don’t know [when I’ll be back]. I get upset. I am an MMA professional, a guy who’s always ready to fight, I keep waiting approximately six months to fight. It sucks, I don’t like that. They’re thinking of July [for my return], but for me that’s a long time. I’m going to relax in training right now, I’m going to travel. Maybe I’ll fight in July again. I hope my new boss puts me to work more often.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Zuffa manages to fix this talent logjam that’s built up. Most events only have four televised slots per card and then there’s that strange event divide that leaves many fighters in the strange position of being too big for Challengers cards but not important enough to get on the bigger events. Add in the farming out of prelims to local fighters and there’s not a lot of room for guys to fight. It’s not exactly brain surgery setting things right, but it’ll take someone actually giving a shit about the fighters who’s wallets and careers are being screwed here.