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Old 03-12-2011, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Send 5 UFC guys to Strikeforce

The one thing that Dana said today that people should really pay attention to is when fighters contracts are up they can go to Strikeforce. For most this may seem like a demotion but this could be a great thing for several types of fighters.

- Guys who have spent years fighting on the prelims but for what ever reason can't main event.

- Guys with one or two more years left in them who can still main event or win titles.

- Guys who can't fight for the titles because of failed shots, teammates, uneven records.

Heavyweight - Randy Couture - Randy has as a strange contract where I believe he can walk away any time he wants. Couture has always wanted to face Fedor and now he might have the best and last chance.

Light Heavyweight - Alexander Gustafsson - a fighter stuck in prelim hell the kid has all the tools to be a champion or a top ten ranked opponent, his problem...he's the fourth best prospect behind three big guys (Jones, Davis, Bader). In the UFC he'll have to wait another year or two to even get a top ten opponent, in Strikeforce he could be champion.

Middleweight - Wanderlei Silva - Wanderlei is never going to fight for a title in the UFC again, but he's looked great at MW and he could step right in bypass the entire division and fight for the title and no one would say an ill word about it.

Welterweight - Josh Koscheck - The most hated man in MMA has gone through the entire division with mixed results. He'll never fight for the title again nor will he ever be considered more than a fringe top ten fighter...unless he moves to Strikeforce. In Strikeforce he can face a number of top contenders and a number of main event fights. Who knows maybe he can even have a back and forth rivalry with Nick Diaz that could establish Strikeforce as a brand.

Light Weight - Danny Castillo - Castillo has the tools to be a top fighter or contender but the UFC LW division is so stacked and at his age he'll never get the momentum needed to be a top guy a move to strikeforce gives him some interesting match ups and might be able to make an impact or name for himself.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mir, Couture, Franklin, Wanderlei and Matt Hughes.
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they could have went to SF when their contracts are up even if Zuffa didn't buy them...

but i'll play.

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Mir, Couture, Franklin, Wanderlei and Matt Hughes.

Outside of Wandy...I don't see why the UFC would want their longtime UFC guys to leave at the end of their careers? They have been UFC guys for basically their careers....would be a shame to watch them leave at the end...

Plus, what sense does it make for SF? Bring in a bunch of guys to beat up on younger talent then retire? Bad for business.

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Plus, what sense does it make for SF? Bring in a bunch of guys to beat up on younger talent then retire? Bad for business.
It's MMA who knows when guys actually retire. But you do want to bring in guys with followings to boost up the numbers and establish the company. I mean who does Strikeforce have that is really "home grown".
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It's MMA who knows when guys actually retire. But you do want to bring in guys with followings to boost up the numbers and establish the company. I mean who does Strikeforce have that is really "home grown".
Not many guys. I just don't think it feels right to send UFC HOFers over to SF to end their careers. It is just weird to me.

They need talent...not vets in my opinion.
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These guys are UFC career guys and are still headline names. But I can't really see any of these guys competing for a title in the UFC again. So I think they would make good measuring sticks for the Strikeforce guys.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Randy Couture: To fight Fedor. Would be awesome.

Rashad Evans: If JBJ wins he'll be stuck. If GSP moves up he won't even be able to change weight classes.

Josh Koscheck: To add some new blood to the welterweight division. He lost to GSP twice, and is a teammate of Fitch.

BJ Penn: It's a long shot, granted. Think about it, though. He lost to Edgar twice and GSP twice already.

Jim Miller: Already lost to Maynard and Edgar. If he gets another shot, and falters, he could be a guy to push Melendez.

It's unlikely that all these guys move to Strikeforce,but I think they would all add to the ratings quite a bit.
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I agree with the guy who said send Couture to fight Fedor , thats a good match. Send Mir over aswell
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