Thursday, October 08, 2009
Strikeforce farming out women's matches
As you probably know, Strikeforce owner Scott Coker announced back in July that he is planning women's MMA tournaments for a 135lb title and a 145lb contender. You have to understand that he used to promote the K-1 Vegas shows. They were all tournaments. We're all curious about the details because I expect a logistical nightmare. I have comfirmed that Strikeforce is not planning to have these tournaments on Strikeforce shows. They are going to farm them out to Freestyle Cage Fighting in Tulsa probably beginning in January. The reason for doing this is they claim they have too many mediocre male fighters on the roster and thery need to use up their contracts. Huh? Obviously Strikeforce could just release those guys. So it's not a reason. It's a lame excuse. The main problem I have with this is that FCF will be broadcast on HDNet. That's a lot less exposure than Showtime. I guess Strikeforce still has the mindset of a regional promorion. They need to understand that the national exposure on Showtime or CBS is just as important as the money in the fighter contract. None of the fighters signed with Strikeforce expecting to be farmed out. And they haven't told fans either. Don't ask how I found out about this. Do they need to do tournaments? It's questionable but Coker likes tournaments. Farming them out cheats the fighters and the fans. I guess Strikeforce isn't as supportive of women's MMA as they would like us to believe.