Strikeforce could become major competitor in US
I've read a lot of Strikeforce bashing recently in the UFC Forum lately and this is my commentary on it.
Some history on Strikeforce:
-8 years older than UFC
-First event ever (Shamrock vs Gracie) still holds the highest paid attendance record.
-Shows on NBC, CBS, Showtime and HDNet.
-Integrates women's matches
-Has many top 10 fighters, including #1 HW Fedor Emelianenko, #7 LHW (formerly #2 MW) Gegard Mousasi, and #1 P4P Female fighter Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos.
The Upcoming bout will be aired on television's most watched network (over 104 million homes - 2009) for free on Nov. 7th.
Features many top ten fighters and big names:
#1 HW Emelianenko vs #6 HW Brett Rogers
#7 LHW Mousasi vs Sokoudjou
#4 WW Jake Sheilds vs Jason "Mayhem" Miller
MMA Legend Fabricio Werdum vs Antonio Silva
I know that the UFC is the big dog on the block and I'm sure will be for a while now. But they're spreading themselves thin and this free Strikeforce card is undeniably appealing and stacked.
At first I see Strikeforce throwing a few of these big cards on a year, maybe 3-4 times. But being free and available to most homes in America (6+ million more than Spike), I'm sure they'll catch on and grow in popularity. They're very aggressive in hiring new talent and arranging big fights and I can't imagine them not growing huge.
I think this card can go head to head with any major UFC PPV (especially because it's free) and win out, and if they keep up this kind of quality they can't help but suceed.
Mods please do not move to Strikeforce forums.