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Old 09-05-2011, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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King Mo: "We're just waiting for StrikeForce to die"

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"Business as usual."

Remember that? It's what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White used as the mantra for the acquisition process regarding the Strikeforce organization.

It all started in March of 2011, when Zuffa bought Strikeforce and fans were told that it would not be a merger. Strikeforce would keep doing what they were doing and the UFC would do the same.

Separate entities, right?

Fast forward to almost six months later. In the time that has passed, one of Strikeforce's champions (welterweight Nick Diaz) has vacated his belt and jumped ships to the UFC. Two other Strikeforce champions, Alistair Overeem and Dan Henderson, are no longer under contract.

Most believe that Strikeforce's lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez, will also be leaving the fold, just as soon as he gets an offer from the UFC.

People outside the Strikeforce organization have been open and honest about the outlook for the one-time Scott Coker led promotion. Until now, no one inside the organization has been willing to go on record with a critically realistic prediction of how things will go down.

"King Mo" Muhammed Lawal told Ariel Helwani what he thinks it means to be a Strikeforce champion these days.

"The thing is, what's the point? What's the point of having the belt when it's been vacated, and the person who vacated it is still fighting somewhere else within the same umbrella, but not the same organization?"

Lawal was surprisingly honest with Helwani during his interview on the MMA Hour, stating that he believes Strikeforce's days are numbered.

"It feels a little weird, because it's not the same," Lawal said. "It's like a cancer patient, like a dying cancer patient. That's how I feel like the organization is. We're just waiting for it to die, to pass. As long as I can get my fights in and they're still around, I want to get them in."

Everyone was thinking it. Lawal just had the "set" to say it.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, Lawal will take on Roger Gracie at the Strikeforce Grand Prix: "Barnett vs. Kharitonov" in Cincinnati, Ohio. They will be contending for a chance to fight for a title that Lawal apparently believes is no longer worth his trouble.

Hopefully, Lawal will view the 4-0 Gracie as worthy of his undivided attention.
Source: MMAMania.com
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well duh. Obviously the question wasn't "If the UFC will merge SF?", it was "When?". Nobody actually believed it would be business as usual (or not for long anyway). The less obvious question is whether or not the merger is good for MMA (I think it certainly is).
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It won't be a long wait, that's for sure.

12 months max...
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I dont think Strikeforce would disappear. That would be an error on Zuffa part. It makes complete sense to own the 2nd tier MMA organization. All we are seeing right now, are the UFC quality fighters that fought in Strikeforce, being moved over. Thats what Strikeforce is going to become. The testing ground. To merge in into the UFC would be to dilute the product quality. There may be popular fighters that make money, but are not good enough. To keep them in the UFC, would make the quality drop. To lose them to another org, would lose them money.

The only way to keep the UFC as the golden product with ALL the best fighters, and very little C level ones, is to control the feeder orgs, not merge with them.
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The problem that exists is that as the promising talent is pulled to the UFC the Strikeforce belt will be constantly vacated. Strikeforce is basically becoming a fairly expensive 'TUF' to operate.
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I dont think Strikeforce would disappear. That would be an error on Zuffa part. It makes complete sense to own the 2nd tier MMA organization. All we are seeing right now, are the UFC quality fighters that fought in Strikeforce, being moved over. Thats what Strikeforce is going to become. The testing ground. To merge in into the UFC would be to dilute the product quality. There may be popular fighters that make money, but are not good enough. To keep them in the UFC, would make the quality drop. To lose them to another org, would lose them money.

The only way to keep the UFC as the golden product with ALL the best fighters, and very little C level ones, is to control the feeder orgs, not merge with them.
This.. and I'd really love to see them adopt the one night tournament format as well.. not something that takes a 8 months to complete.
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Strikeforce wasn't going to resign anyone the UFC actually wanted when they had different ownership. Nick and Overeem both talked openly about fighting in the UFC before the buyout and Hendo has always gone where the most money is for him.
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I dont think Strikeforce would disappear. That would be an error on Zuffa part. It makes complete sense to own the 2nd tier MMA organization. All we are seeing right now, are the UFC quality fighters that fought in Strikeforce, being moved over. Thats what Strikeforce is going to become. The testing ground. To merge in into the UFC would be to dilute the product quality. There may be popular fighters that make money, but are not good enough. To keep them in the UFC, would make the quality drop. To lose them to another org, would lose them money.

The only way to keep the UFC as the golden product with ALL the best fighters, and very little C level ones, is to control the feeder orgs, not merge with them.
Have to disagree. If they had been looking for a "testing ground" for new fighters or fighters that got cut from ufc, they wouldn't have absorbed WEC into ufc and instead would have just added new divisions into WEC aswell.
Much better to absorb the fighters into ufc and have more ufc cards instead. You don't need a second tier organization for the newer fighters to use as testing ground when you can stack the undercards (specially when you host 3-5 more cards per year with the absorbed SF fighters) with them instead.
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