The UFC might be where the finest mixed martial artists in the world compete, but Strikeforce is cool with their role as the wild-ass cousin who just brings the ruckus. Since they signed their new Showtime contract, Coker and Co. have dispensed with silly limitations like weight classes (see: Diaz/Shamrock, Lawler/Shields, Diaz/Smith, all at unconventional catchweights), and they’re the only major American fight club currently featuring women’s MMA. Plus, unlike Dana "Crabbypants" White, they don’t think putting a legendary boxer against an MMA fighter is below them or bad for the sport. As GracieFighter.com informs us:
Well, you won this round 10-9, Coker. And honestly, if you’re an MMA promoter that hopes to survive in the same market as the UFC, you have to take these little edges where you can get them. Strikeforce’s loosey-goosey, we’ll-do-whatever approach is giving them a clear point of differentiation from the UFC, which is crucial because Strikeforce won’t last if it’s just a premium-cable version of the UFC with less-famous fighters; the product needs to be different in some fundamental way. And as long as they don’t go the extreme freak route — i.e., bringing Bob Sapp back for a Super Hulk GP — they might be onto something. Better start working that gogoplata-defense, Roy.