This weekend Strikeforce is arguably promoting the best event top to bottom in the promotion’s history, however there is noticeably little excitement.
It is surprising that the event has garnered so little attention. One would think that with a solid card and the Zuffa marketing arm the event would be a hit.
This card features the two heavyweight Grand prix semi finals matches. Sergei Kharitonov and Josh Barnett will battle in the main event slot. Antonio Silva and Daniel Cormier will fight for the other spot in the Grand prix finals. Meanwhile, even further off the radar is a middleweight title fight between Jiu Jitsu ace Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza and Luke Rockhold. In addition, King Mo Lawal makes his return against Roger Gracie.
The event is also stacked with future prospects. Newcomer Maximo Blanco makes his debut against Pat Healy. Also, former champion Rafael “Feijao” will face former olympic silver medallist Yoel Romero. Highly touted prospects Jordan Mein and Marcos Rogerio de Lima also debut. This card is stacked… So why is it not getting attention?
One reason is timing. This event falls prior to two UFC events, which are getting more attention.
Another reason is that there has been a lot of other MMA news breaking this week. UFC announced that Cain Velasquez would face Junior Dos Santos on their Fox debut, the signing of Alistair Overeem to face Brock Lesnar in December, and the Nick Diaz fiasco. Perhaps that was all unintentional.
In the end Strikeforce is on borrowed time, at least that is the perception. I dont know how well Zuffa marketed this event, but it seems clear that Strikeforce won’t have many more events. Poor ratings and little buzz may give Showtime incentive to end their relationship with Strikeforce. I liken this to a person trying to cover up a suicide by making it look like murder or accidental death.
I understand the situation, but on the other hand this is a great card. This event will feature great fights regardless of who watches.