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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.


The Jon Fitch debacle.

I thought I’d weigh in on this whole UFC-Videogame-Affliction-Jon Fitch controversery.  For those of you haven’t been following it goes like this: UFC dropped Jon Fitch and other AKA fighters because of their unwillingness to sign away their lifetime rights to use their likeness in the videogame UFC:Undisputed.  I’m not sure if these lifetime rights only encompass this videogame, all videogames, or all merchandising.  Then, only a day later Fitch did end up signing the deal, and was re-instated in the UFC.

I have a number of problems with this, and almost everything has to do with the ridiculous crap UFC president Dana White said and his actions. White implied that Fitch “owed” the UFC because he has been well-compensated for his fights, and that he doesn’t understand what White wants to do with the UFC as a sport. White also said that no one has worked harder than he has for UFC, and that Fitch and other AKA fighters will learn that its tough to make money in a bad economy. He also said that none of the other fighters are complaining.

For his part Fitch has said, that his main problem with the deal was the lifetime rights aspect. He was willing to negotiate a shorter term deal. His big bugaboo was that in the event of his death, the UFC could continue to use his likeness and not pay his family a dime.

Nearly everything White said is irrelevant. How many hours he worked for the UFC has nothing to do with a fighter signing a bad contract. That likes a car salesmen asking you to give a break because he needs to support his family.  Fitch doesn’t owe the UFC anything other than his best fighting skills.  White seems to want to control everything the UFC, and make it into a brand, not a sport. His actions make it clear he wants control over his fighters like Vince McMahon controls his in the WWE. NFL, NBA, and other professional athletes are not treated like this. The Player Associations in those league would never allow it.

My biggest problem with White actions are the control issues. If Fitch doesn’t want to sign a merch contract that’s his prerogative.  It shouldn’t effect his standing in the league one iota. Nobody ever said to a NBA player if you don’t sign this merchandising deal we’re going to bench you. It’s ludicrous. Fitch’s standing in the UFC should be based solely on his fighting skills and how entertaining his fights are.

White claims he wants to make the UFC a mainstream sport. These kind of actions are going to prevent it from becoming one. He really needs to be careful in the way UFC is being presented, it can’t start to look like wrestling. We already saw the Elite XC fold after the Kimbo Slice incident. Accusations of  the Elite XC fixing or influencing matches to keep their superstars winning took away any credibility that league had left. White’s actions have severely tarnished the image of the UFC as a sport. Perhaps its time for him to step down as president and stick to what he knows -promotion.



Slice is Sliced.

Despite what the Elite XC announcers want us to believe Kimbo Slice being defeated by Seth Petruzelli is not a “Rocky” story. It was inevitable that a brawler with hardly any MMA skills would be defeated by a more complete MMA athlete eventually. It is a bit surprising it was a knockout and not a submission, but tomatoes tomatoes.

The whole Elite XC thing I don’t know how to feel about. The cast of characters is nothing but UFC castoffs, dropouts, and never-wases. The fights seem more exciting becuase there is not much ground work, because most of the fighters have no ground game. I’m fairly sure an Elite XC champ would be shredded by a UFC newbie.

Elite XC seems to be trying to protect their big stars from embarrasing defeat, like Kimbo’s. Gina Carano finally fought someone who wasn’t a cream-puff, but when will she fight Cyber?  Elite XC will probably delay that fight as long as possible, because from the looks of it Cyber would tear Carano apart.

I enjoy watching the Saturday Night Fights when their on, but I’m starting to wonder if we’ll ever get to see UFC or Pride on Network Prime Time. I’m also starting to wonder if there is any move to unification, at least in the States, because there is no way I am keeping up with all however many MMA leagues there are.