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Old 08-23-2010, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cagepotato sums up Strikeforce Houston and the company itself

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Aside from the hapless Jorge Gurgel – who has lived in the States so long his nationality could most accurately be listed as “Ohioan,” anyway – Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Houston card couldn’t have gone much better for the promotion’s Brazilian contingent. From Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante stopping Muhammed Lawal to claim the light heavyweight title in the main event to Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza winning the 185-pound strap after a fight with Tim Kennedy that wasn’t really as close as a lot of people are trying to allege, Brazil pretty much owned everybody’s asses last night. Again.

In unrelated news, Bobby Lashley lost to some guy whose sideburns made him look like he should be playing trombone in a third-wave ska band. All of our deepest fears and darkest suspicions about the former pro-wrestler’s heart and MMA skills were confirmed. Goddamn it felt good.

Somewhere, whatever notes Scott Coker had scribbled on the back of a Motel 6 brochure about the future of his company probably got crumpled up and tossed in a trash can.

Seriously, there’s no way Strikeforce rolled into this event thinking Lashley, King Mo and Kennedy would all lose. That’s just bad luck for a promotion that was already struggling with how it was going to fill its upcoming cards with halfway sellable fights. Now we’re looking at Feijao making the first defense of his newly won belt in a rematch against Mike Kyle? So, uh … is it possible to book a light heavyweight title fight on a Challengers card?

Lashley was reportedly admitted, then released from a Houston-area hospital late last night due to “severe dehydration” in the wake of his loss to Chad Griggs. Previous to this, whenever I’ve heard about people going to the hospital for “dehydration” it’s involved teen pop stars trying to cover up their drug abuse, but Lashley was reportedly in pretty bad shape last night, after video emerged of him leaving the arena on a stretcher and according to some fairly terrifying tweets from his girlfriend. Seems like he’s OK now, though.

During the actual fight, the former WWE “superstar” looked like he wanted no part of Griggs’ striking attack. Lashley dove in for takedowns early and often and the first time he couldn’t get one, the fight was pretty much over. A lot of this just reinforced what many observers already thought about Lashley’s MMA career: That his reluctance to step up in competition was a cover for some pretty serious holes in his game. After the event, Coker said at the postfight presser that Lashley needed to do some “soul-searching” to decide if he even wanted to be an MMA fighter. Ouch.

Feijao likewise pretty comprehensively revealed the deficiencies in King Mo’s all-around game during their title contest. You had to look long and hard to find someone in the MMA media who picked Cavalcante headed into this fight, but it was clear early on that things weren’t going to go Lawal’s way if he couldn’t get his larger opponent to the mat and keep him there. Lawal had some bright spots with slams and a few punches, but overall looked pretty wild in the striking game. His style of hanging his hands at his waist and goofing around in the cage looks cool when he’s feasting on dudes like Mike Whitehead, but that stuff’s not going to fly as he moves up the ladder of competition.

Jacare surprised everyone, including Kennedy, by mostly keeping it on the feet through their five-round affair. His striking didn’t exactly look world class, but it was enough to fairly convincingly out-point the former Green Beret. Despite some nasty stuff that was happening to his face, Kennedy looked game throughout. It was a little bit more difficult to fully support him however when he got on the mic to voice his incredulity about the loss, despite the fact I thought he obviously lost all but one round.

Allegedly, Strikeforce will try to make good on its promise to hold some kind of No. 1-contender tournament to find a first challenger for Souza. But Luke Rockhold is apparently set to fight Matt Lindland at an upcoming show, so it looks like those guys are out of the running. More and more – and if last night’s “text poll” is any indication – it appears we will be looking at a one-night, four-man tourney, if it happens at all.

In terms of production, all of the shortcomings that traditionally hamstring Strikeforce broadcasts remained annoyingly present in Houston. The play-by-play team is still awkwardly married to these meaningless CompuStrike numbers, which do nothing more than undermine Mauro Ranallo’s actually substantial MMA knowledge base. Gus Johnson (and Ranallo) still jump at the slightest provocation to start screaming into their mics and Frank Shamrock has an uncanny knack for saying the exact wrong thing at the exact wrong time. In other words, shit is a total train wreck.

I also thought it was bit unseemly that Strikeforce went out of its way to try to bury Jake Shields during this show. The company made it clear that its angle in preemptively releasing the former middleweight champ a couple months was so later it could say that it did on TV. The broadcast team also clearly had orders to casually allege that Shields had turned down multiple opportunities to fight Jacare.

“Scorned ex-girlfriend” is not a good look for Strikeforce, especially now that the promotion will have to scramble to regroup following losses to a lot of its more promotable talent.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just saying it like it is ... neat article.
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Sounds about right.
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Can't rep you again mate but that article pretty much sums up my view of Strikeforce at the minute, I'm actually starting to think the only thing working there is the womens divisions.
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All their big names have lost, utter nightmare for them. Not that a care, the sooner the better fighters come to the UFC the better.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I swear the UFC must pay people to troll the net and try to discredit everything that happens in a SF event, even when the event was very entertaining and involved very high level competition, they say's its full of UFC ex-rejects but the only ex-UFC fighter I see there holding a belt right now is Nick Diaz who was still maturing as a fighter when he last fought in the UFC and is now coming to the point in his career where he is reaching his full potential and at 27 years of age we could see the best of his career still to come in the coming years, my point been the ex-ufc fighters they have signed to fill there depths a little as the continue to grow struggle the same against the top fighters SF has to offer just like they did at the UFC.

SF Houston was another great success imo, I think they have 2 new great champions both in there prime with excellent all round skills, as for loosing Jake "bum boy" Shields well they certainly did not loose any entertainment value there and lets face it Jacare has been looking good in his recent fights, he is strong has looked very good on his feet and has an excellent submissions game, Jake could very well of been avoiding him, after all he was seconds away from been submitted by Mayhem so who is to say that Jacare could of of beat Shields anyway because I would of give him a very good chance, he certainly has better stand up than Shieds and he would not be out of his relm on the ground with him ether, and is defiantly more entertaining to watch.

Bobby Lashley loosing, who really cares, I always saw as a big of a poster boy anyway been fed soft opponents, I cant see why him loosing should effect the quality the promotion can offer anyway.

For well over a year now SF have successfully given us quality events to watch and they keep delivering, you can speculate over "who they have to face there champions next" all you like but the fact remains they keep delivering even when thread like this pop up every time they host an event which is complete BS.

As long as they keep delivering quality events like they have been doing them they will continue to grow which is very good for the sport, its even good for the American fans who are getting quality events that they dont have to pay $60 for every time SF put on a show.

I still think that SF Heavy Artillery has been the most enjoyable and most entertaining MMA event of the Year so far to date, and I even remember thread like this popping up to try and discredit that event also that all failed as miserably to prove any valid points as this one does.
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I thought the whole event looked very amateurish and cheap with 2nd tier fighters. Not all of the fighters but most. Actually yeah, all the fighters but 1, maybe 2. I don't see how Strikeforce will make it the rest of the year without crumbling if they put on another horrible show like this.
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I swear the UFC must pay people to troll the net and try to discredit everything that happens in a SF event, even when the event was very entertaining and involved very high level competition, they say's its full of UFC ex-rejects but the only ex-UFC fighter I see there holding a belt right now is Nick Diaz who was still maturing as a fighter when he last fought in the UFC and is now coming to the point in his career where he is reaching his full potential and at 27 years of age we could see the best of his career still to come in the coming years, my point been the ex-ufc fighters they have signed to fill there depths a little as the continue to grow struggle the same against the top fighters SF has to offer just like they did at the UFC.

SF Houston was another great success imo, I think they have 2 new great champions both in there prime with excellent all round skills, as for loosing Jake "bum boy" Shields well they certainly did not loose any entertainment value there and lets face it Jacare has been looking good in his recent fights, he is strong has looked very good on his feet and has an excellent submissions game, Jake could very well of been avoiding him, after all he was seconds away from been submitted by Mayhem so who is to say that Jacare could of of beat Shields anyway because I would of give him a very good chance, he certainly has better stand up than Shieds and he would not be out of his relm on the ground with him ether, and is defiantly more entertaining to watch.

Bobby Lashley loosing, who really cares, I always saw as a big of a poster boy anyway been fed soft opponents, I cant see why him loosing should effect the quality the promotion can offer anyway.

For well over a year now SF have successfully given us quality events to watch and they keep delivering, you can speculate over "who they have to face there champions next" all you like but the fact remains they keep delivering even when thread like this pop up every time they host an event which is complete BS.

As long as they keep delivering quality events like they have been doing them they will continue to grow which is very good for the sport, its even good for the American fans who are getting quality events that they dont have to pay $60 for every time SF put on a show.

I still think that SF Heavy Artillery has been the most enjoyable and most entertaining MMA event of the Year so far to date, and I even remember thread like this popping up to try and discredit that event also that all failed as miserably to prove any valid points as this one does.
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I thought the whole event looked very amateurish and cheap with 2nd tier fighters. Not all of the fighters but most. Actually yeah, all the fighters but 1, maybe 2. I don't see how Strikeforce will make it the rest of the year without crumbling if they put on another horrible show like this.
the only thing I find amateurish about this and other recent MMA events SF has hosted (which exception to the womens 4 way tourney which was I guess what you expected of a show that was set up to display womens MMA) has been the commentary, again it was to dry and lacked any passion in out-laying the fights that where on display, Mauro Ranallo just so dry its hard to watch, I hate it when he does any kind of interview because he never seems interested in anything anyone has to say and just moves on to the next line of his script with no response and even sometimes cuts off people before they finish what they had to say, they really need a new team on the events, they should negotiate a contract with Bas Rutten to replace Mauro Ranallo because that woudl give the show exactly what it needs.

As for the quality of fights, they are up there with the best, I have seen far worse UFC productions this year than last weekends SF event.
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I swear the UFC must pay people to troll the net and try to discredit everything that happens in a SF event, even when the event was very entertaining and involved very high level competition, they say's its full of UFC ex-rejects but the only ex-UFC fighter I see there holding a belt right now is Nick Diaz who was still maturing as a fighter when he last fought in the UFC and is now coming to the point in his career where he is reaching his full potential and at 27 years of age we could see the best of his career still to come in the coming years, my point been the ex-ufc fighters they have signed to fill there depths a little as the continue to grow struggle the same against the top fighters SF has to offer just like they did at the UFC.

SF Houston was another great success imo, I think they have 2 new great champions both in there prime with excellent all round skills, as for loosing Jake "bum boy" Shields well they certainly did not loose any entertainment value there and lets face it Jacare has been looking good in his recent fights, he is strong has looked very good on his feet and has an excellent submissions game, Jake could very well of been avoiding him, after all he was seconds away from been submitted by Mayhem so who is to say that Jacare could of of beat Shields anyway because I would of give him a very good chance, he certainly has better stand up than Shieds and he would not be out of his relm on the ground with him ether, and is defiantly more entertaining to watch.

Bobby Lashley loosing, who really cares, I always saw as a big of a poster boy anyway been fed soft opponents, I cant see why him loosing should effect the quality the promotion can offer anyway.

For well over a year now SF have successfully given us quality events to watch and they keep delivering, you can speculate over "who they have to face there champions next" all you like but the fact remains they keep delivering even when thread like this pop up every time they host an event which is complete BS.

As long as they keep delivering quality events like they have been doing them they will continue to grow which is very good for the sport, its even good for the American fans who are getting quality events that they dont have to pay $60 for every time SF put on a show.

I still think that SF Heavy Artillery has been the most enjoyable and most entertaining MMA event of the Year so far to date, and I even remember thread like this popping up to try and discredit that event also that all failed as miserably to prove any valid points as this one does.
Mate, I doubt many people would deny that most SF cards are entertaining, but that article is basically saying that, although for consumers it was a good event, for the company itself it was terrible for the fact its most promoted stars all lost. They now have literally zero hyped fighters coming off win, perhaps Diaz is the last one standing. And yeah, I hate that mauro guy, he gets annoying fast.
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I did like this article but this quote "Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza winning the 185-pound strap after a fight with Tim Kennedy that wasn’t really as close as a lot of people are trying to allege" is BS.

That fight was as close as fights come. I'm all for Journalists trying to make a point but saying things that simply aren't true to make your point stronger is something journos do far to much and it sucks.
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