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Suckforce MMA

Last Saturday night, the Strikeforce MMA organization held a major event on CBS. Strikeforce:Nashville featured not one, not two, but three title bouts.  There are a few reasons I liked the event, and a few reasons I didn’t.

Let’s start with what I liked. It was free event for those at home, a network TV event even. I liked that there were three title bouts. I liked the stat tracking that CBS did, it made it feel like more of a sport.  I liked the fact that there is an organization trying to compete with the UFC. Dana White is far too controlling of a President for my taste, one who is known for trying to control his fighters actions both inside and outside the ring.  If there is an organization out there that can compete with White’s UFC talent-wise, and show us some quality fights for free then I am all for that.

Unfortunately, Strikeforce’s championship bouts on Saturday night were three of the sloppiest and most boring fights I have ever watched. All of the fighters looked gassed after the first round, no one was striking hard or precisely, and all of the ground game was ridiculously sloppy. The whole night was easy fodder for MMA critics who complain that the sport is nothing more than guys hugging and laying on top of each other.

While the majority of Strikeforce (or formerly Elite XC) fighters have never been as entertaining or skillful as the top UFC fighters, I was still expecting more from this group. Jake Shields was one of the few exciting fighters to watch in the Elite XC. Dan Henderson is an MMA veteran who was coming off two wins in the UFC. I was sort of expecting him to class up the joint. In fact this looked like Strikeforce’s most stacked card ever with the only contender not in Sherdog’s top-ten rankings being Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

As to who won the fights, who really cares? None of them deserved a belt after their poor performances. If any of the fighters had put out that kind of showing in the UFC they wouldn’t have lasted past the 1st round.

All in all a very disappointing night. There are good fighters out there who are not in the UFC. I mean if there are enough out there to fill EA Sports MMA there must be enough to fill a competitive league right? Here’s hoping the next Strikeforce event is actually good. Competition for the UFC is good for both the fans and the sport.