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Strikeforce to do a MWGP for vacant title

Onion2010-06-26 05:20:21 +0000 #1
This is cool news for Strikeforce's only division.

mmajunkie.com/news/1...85-pound-tourney.mma

Coker told MMAjunkie.com he is considering eight fighters for a potential tournament to begin at an event planned for Aug. 21: Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz and "Mayhem" Miller. Additionally, the winner of a June 26 bout between Scott Smith and Cung Le is under consideration for a tourney spot, as is the winner of an upcoming World Victory Road/Sengoku bout between Kazuo Misaki and champ Jorge Santiago.

The tournament would take place over two events, the Strikeforce CEO said. Houston is targeted for the first event, though the promotion has not confirmed a city or venue.
sportsgenius862010-06-26 05:28:29 +0000 #2
On the fan side, this is going to be awesome.

On the business side, this is going to kind of kill their only deep division by naming a decisive leader, but if they arrange the brackets right, they can avoid this.
Din Kong2010-06-26 05:52:03 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by sportsgenius86

On the fan side, this is going to be awesome.

On the business side, this is going to kind of kill their only deep division by naming a decisive leader, but if they arrange the brackets right, they can avoid this.

I still can't read any of your posts without laughing at that sig.

In isolation, it's kind of funny, but under the circumstances it's hilarious. I'd try to top it if my own wasn't the funniest one ever.
bhorrrr2010-06-26 05:43:41 +0000 #4
i'd watch intently.

that is to say, i'd watch if it's free or if i have the money to blow on beer and wings at hooters those particular nights.

at any rate, it's an interesting pool of guys. i, in all of my glorious hendo fandom, would've said he takes this easily, but then he lost to a WW. i'd also throw out nick diaz, but he's proven he can beat 185ers before. so.. yea.

i think your top 4 there, in no particular order, are crazy nick, hendo, jacare, and mayhem. but who knows? the tourney will be fun. and if they get 2-3 great fights out of it or a debatable decision, then they have a direction to go afterwards, too. rematch a couple debatable/great fights, while the #3 guy gets a shot at the winner, and have the first round losers fight each other to build one up into a "should've been but wasn't quite ready yet" guy for maybe a title shot after all that other stuff plays out.
PITTFOX2010-06-26 05:54:18 +0000 #5
Sounds good to me.
BruceLee2010-06-26 07:24:24 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by bhorrrr

i'd watch intently.

that is to say, i'd watch if it's free or if i have the money to blow on beer and wings at hooters those particular nights.

at any rate, it's an interesting pool of guys. i, in all of my glorious hendo fandom, would've said he takes this easily, but then he lost to a WW. i'd also throw out nick diaz, but he's proven he can beat 185ers before. so.. yea.

i think your top 4 there, in no particular order, are crazy nick, hendo, jacare, and mayhem. but who knows? the tourney will be fun. and if they get 2-3 great fights out of it or a debatable decision, then they have a direction to go afterwards, too. rematch a couple debatable/great fights, while the #3 guy gets a shot at the winner, and have the first round losers fight each other to build one up into a "should've been but wasn't quite ready yet" guy for maybe a title shot after all that other stuff plays out.

As a counterpoint or whatever to your other UFC/MMA thread. It's interesting that the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, NCAA (except maybe college football), tennis (I'm not sure about golf) and soccer all use a tournament model so the best can fight the best. Also BJJ, Judo, Sambo, Amateur wrestling, Karate, TKD all follow the tournament or GP model.

Even the original UFC was modeled on the tournament model, so really the tournaments system are the majority in major pro sports.

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