During a conference call, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed that all quarterfinal and semifinal bouts in their upcoming heavyweight tournament will take place as three, five-minute round fights, and that even though their champion Alistair Overeem is a participant, his belt will not be on the line. The tournament will stand alone and will crown the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Champion, who will then meet the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. However, should Alistair Overeem win the tournament, Coker says he will be a “dual Champion.” “To make it simple…the Tournament Champion will stand on his own, and we’ll have our Tournament Champion and the Heavyweight Champion,” Coker said. “[If Overeem wins] then he’ll be the dual champion, and at that point there will be some fighters that he didn’t fight in the tournament, and we’ll look at having some of those fighters face him down the line.” Ummm…ridiculous. How does this make any sense? His belt should be on the line or he shouldn’t be in it. What if he loses? Then the winner of this grand prix will be the true champion in everyone’s eyes. And then the Grand Prix champion will have to fight Overeem, coming off a loss? Dumb. I think Strikeforce is confused on who they want to be. They want to be Bellator/DREAM and the UFC. You can’t be both. At least not like this.
The UFC held a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Thursday to announce their intent to bring an event to the venue as soon as the state concedes to regulating MMA. During the conference, the UFC presented a new report that, based on the UFC bringing two events to the state during the first year, one at MSG and another upstate at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena, shows those events alone would bring $16 million in revenue to the state, along with the creation of nearly 140 jobs. It is outrageous that New York has not regulated MMA. They regulate every other contact sport. And do you think the politicians care about the millions and the jobs? Child please. What’s their cut? That’s what they’re worried about.
MMAFighting.com is reporting that Brian Stann is getting his wish, and is being targeted for Wanderlei Silva’s return opponent. Awesome. I don’t know if Stann is ready for Silva, but I will pay to see it.
According to MMAFighting.com, the third bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will take place in May at UFC 130 in May. Anthony Pettis got robbed of his shot. That’s what I think. Also, I will not pick against Edgar again.
The UFC confirmed several fights for UFC 128 on March 19. Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola, and Raphael Assuncao vs. Manny Gamburyan. All great fights. And added to the main even of Rashad Evans vs. Maurico Rua? Yeah, it’s worth the $49.99.