The Strikeforce light heavyweight division is thin. Currently there are 15 light heavyweight fighters on their roster. Recently, Lorenz Larkin and Roger Gracie dropped down a weight class and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was released from the promotion. To add insult to injury (no pun intended) former champion Gegard Mousasi underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in March and is likely out 9-12 months. This means that the upcoming fight between Mike Kyle and Rafael Feijao gains significance. In fact, they are the only two top level light heavyweights in Strikeforce. I would make an argument that their fight should be for the vacant Light Heavyweight title.
I also would argue that the rest of the division should be folded into the UFC in a similar way that the heavyweight division was. The reality is that there just in not much talent in Strikeforce’s light heavyweight division. Ovince St. Preux is a promising prospect. Yoel Romero still has some hype. Guto Inocente is highly touted. Gian Villante is certainly serviceable.
Most of the other guys on roster are coming off of losses. Several of their fighters have recently fought outside of Strikeforce in regional shows and lost (Derek Meheman, Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Roy Jones).
So, why keep the division around? I see no point. There are no contenders to be developed. There are no other big fight to be had after Kyle vs. Feijao. I say, collapse the division. Bring over the top guys to the UFC (Kyle, Feijao, Mousasi, St. Preux, Inocente, Romero and Villante) and release the rest. It is a smart business move. It is good for the fighters. It will strengthen the UFC light heavyweight division slightly and it is needed.