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Rauno 07-13-2012 10:32 AM

Luke Rockhold, Tim Kennedy upset with Strikeforce’s promotional push of title-fight
 
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This weekend Strikeforce will crown a new welterweight champion and see middleweight title-holder Luke Rockhold put his gold up for grabs against well-rounded fan-favorite Tim Kennedy. Beyond that, the card also boasts Robbie Lawler-Lorenz Larkin, Roger Gracie-Keith Jardine, Justin Wilcox-Jorge Masvidal, as well as appearances from Pat Healy, Ryan Couture, and Jason High.
However, based on MMAJunkie’s account of a press conference this week promoting the card, it sounds like the show has been treated more like a local event rather than one being broadcast on Showtime and featuring some of the sport’s top competitors.
“Take a picture. There’s not a single goddamn reporter here,” said a heated Kennedy at the presser. “There’s four of you guys. This is two title fights for Strikeforce. It’s crystal clear that nobody gives a [expletive]. They don’t.”
“I knock Rockhold out on Saturday night? Changes nothing for me. Nothing in, like, what media publications are going to cover me, who talks about me, sponsors I’m going to get. Do you know how much money I didn’t make in sponsors for this fight because nobody cares about Strikeforce? It’s insane,” Kennedy continued.
“They’re struggling, man,” chimed in Rockhold in reference to the advertisement Strikeforce ran during Wednesday’s UFC on Fuel 4 broadcast. “A fighter/athlete/surfer? C’mon. How am I supposed to look against the Army Ranger/warrior/Green Beret? That’s what I hate about it.”
The disgruntled headliners are not the only Strikeforce fighters to express concern about how the company has handled business over the past year. Fortunately they will each have a chance to take out their frustrations on the other when the main card fires up Saturday night at 10:00 PM EST.
Fiveouncesofpain

They really seem like they've completely stopped trying to do anything with SF.

Neal 07-13-2012 12:31 PM

Too bad I don't get SHOWTIME. I'm mainly interested in Rockhold.

BOMDC 07-13-2012 02:40 PM

Sucks for them but honestly the card is underwhelming to say the least. 99% of people have never heard of either Rockhold or Kennedy and the "biggest" name on the card is a guy who got cut from the ufc.

Buakaw_GSP 07-13-2012 06:19 PM

Its bad when this Event doesent even have a Wikipedia page... lol

hixxy 07-13-2012 07:27 PM

Rockhold just missed weight...

Rauno 07-14-2012 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by hixxy (Post 1604237)
Rockhold just missed weight...

And wasn't he the one who critizised Anderson Silva's behavior as a champion?

Buakaw_GSP 07-14-2012 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Rauno (Post 1604443)
And wasn't he the one who critizised Anderson Silva's behavior as a champion?

Both Rockhold and Kennedy did. But Rockhold kept going on and on about it.

SigFig 07-14-2012 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by BOMDC (Post 1604122)
Sucks for them but honestly the card is underwhelming to say the least. 99% of people have never heard of either Rockhold or Kennedy and the "biggest" name on the card is a guy who got cut from the ufc.

U srs?

Gunt 07-14-2012 10:09 PM

ITs a good card lineup

I really hope once the contract is done they get rid of strikeforce or make it a womens-only promotion.

All the good fighters in Strikeforce are wasting their precious time and careers there and deserve to get a shot in the UFC.

Either that or more fighters need to be transfered from UFC to SF instead of being cut after a few losses

No_Mercy 07-15-2012 06:45 AM

I think SF should continue as a feeder organization. They got decent fights. Sadly it'll be completely consolidated sooner than later.

Kinda feel for the SF fighters though...


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