Erin Toughill announced via Facebook Thursday afternoon that she isn’t going to be fighting for Strikeforce any longer, and she actually sounds pretty serious about the whole thing. Now, I realize we’ve all written things we didn’t mean on Facebook from time to time. For example, I do not actually believe that the MTV show "Teen Mom" is one long advertisement for abortion, contrary to what I may have written on my profile in the past. But Toughill insists that this wasn’t a hasty decision on her part, and she even seems to be considering giving up the sport for good.
You’ll recall that she was supposed to be next in line for a shot at "Cyborg" Santos in Strikeforce, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening now. Her gripe is a familiar one among female fighters. Even now that they have a major promotion to compete in, there just aren’t enough chances to fight. Sure, Strikeforce has gotten into a good rhythm with women’s bouts, putting one on almost every event of late, but never more than one. You factor in the various weight classes and the numerous female fighters under contract, and suddenly there aren’t that many chances to go out there and get paid.
Maybe that’s the source of Toughill’s beef, or maybe they’re jerking her around over the Santos fight. Hopefully all this gets explained in future Facebook posts, which are accompanied by pictures of her and all her friends drinking margaritas at their local Chili’s.