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There’s a Big Strikeforce Event Tomorrow Night, And ‘Nobody Gives a [Expletive]‘


(Meh. / Photo via Strikeforce)

I get it; we’re all a little burned out right now. With two UFC events over the last six days and a Strikeforce event scheduled for tomorrow night in Portland, you might be thinking, well, maybe I can sit this one out and come back strong for Rousey vs. Kaufman. Over-saturation must be the culprit, because there’s no other explanation for why a card with two title fights — featuring the always-thrilling Luke Rockhold and the return of Nate Marquardt — should be completely ignored by fans and media alike. You want to talk about lack of heat? Wikipedia hasn’t even bothered to create a page for this event. That is cold, brother.

Unfortunately, the fighters have to compete whether you guys care or not. And they know you don’t care. And that really sucks for them. Strikeforce held a press conference yesterday to promote the Rockhold vs. Kennedy card, in which the headliners answered questions from “two reporters in four rows of chairs,” according to this thoroughly depressing account by Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie.

“I just came from Vegas, where they had 2,000 people at the weigh-in,” said Tyron Woodley, who will be fighting Marquardt for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. “I think it’s a disrespect to Strikeforce. It should be advertised a little bit more.” Marrocco points out that the UFC 148 weigh-in attendance was closer to 8,000 if you want to split hairs.

Tim Kennedy, as you can imagine, was even less courteous in his assessment:

Take a picture. There’s not a single goddamn reporter here. There’s four of you guys. This is two title fights for Strikeforce. It’s crystal clear that nobody gives a [expletive]. They don’t. I knock Rockhold out on Saturday night? Changes nothing for me. Nothing in, like, what media publications are going to cover me, who talks about me, sponsors I’m going to get. Do you know how much money I didn’t make in sponsors for this fight because nobody cares about Strikeforce? It’s insane.

I’m fighting one of the best fighters on the planet. Not top 10 — like top five. I’m very confident that both Luke and I would clean house all the way to the top one or two guys in the UFC that could finally give us a fight, and nobody cares. It doesn’t make any sense. Just the ignorance of the sport and the athletes, there’s no way we can change that unless you let us fight other guys outside of the organization, and that’s just not going to happen.”

No, it’s not, at least for the foreseeable future. The current contract between Zuffa and Showtime to broadcast Strikeforce events runs through 2014, which means that at least some of Strikeforce’s fighters will be forced to toil away on this promotional ghost-ship indefinitely. For fighters like Kennedy and Rockhold — who are dying for more exposure and the chance to prove that they rank among the best middleweights in the world — it must feel like a prison sentence. Sure, there’s always the possibility down the road that the UFC will poach the guys who continue to win, but Strikeforce isn’t exactly a priority for Dana White these days.

If it matters, we’ll be liveblogging Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy tomorrow night starting at 10 p.m. ET. Come by and say what’s up. It’s literally the least you could do.

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XENOPHON- July 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm
nomomrnicekyle - lots of wiki pages seem to be either deleted, or edited when it serves a special interest.
ghostboner- July 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Tyron Woodley has his own fighting style to blame for the 2 reporters in 4 rows. I hope TRT free Nate has been training with Chael for this one.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Well, supposedly the tickets are sold out and the Rose Garden is pretty big... I thought about going because it is a good card but it was $40 for the cheap seats. That's like eight cups of coffee or 5 six packs of beer.
nomomrnicekyle- July 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Actually there was a wikipedia page for it but some assholes deleted it because they claimed it wasn't noteworthy enough.
nickyroose- July 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm
don't get me wrong I love Robbie Lawler but Kennedy needs a fucking head check. Who exactly does he believe he can beat in the Top 5? Rockhold is younger and looks like the better fighter but Kennedy would get whomped by absolutely any of the following;

Mark Munoz
Chael Sonnen
Yushin Okami
Brian Stann
Possibly Nate Marquadt (we'll see TRT-less action first)
And although it makes me physically ill to say it Michael Bisping.

Who is he kidding? Maybe he should avenge his loss to Souza first. I think he is the most pompous ass around and needs to just shut the fuck up before he eeks out a win on Rockhold accidently and someone actually decides he's as good as he thinks and he gets thrown to the fucking wolves in the middle weight division.
towelie- July 13, 2012 at 9:21 am
I don't understand. So these guys fight UFC, but what is Strikeforce?
XENOPHON- July 13, 2012 at 9:13 am
@ Houstons db - Rockhold looks much bigger than Kennedy with considerable reach. Some can be said about Marquardt.
XENOPHON- July 13, 2012 at 9:06 am
Since there is no contract to broadcast the fights past 2014, what Kennedy fails to miss is that not only will he and other SF fighters be stuck with miniscule press coverage, he is soon to find that his fights won't even be aired on television - and that means he becomes relegated to Karma's hand held HD video camera and YouTube posts. Bellator is the next best alternative if they are not brought into the UFC soon. I think once the change in income for Bellator happens with their new broadcasting deal, Bellator may be in a better cash position to start holding onto bigger named fighters - and I have never read that Bellator forces sponsors to pay them first for sponsorship deals.
barleyj- July 13, 2012 at 8:33 am
I live in Portland and I didn't even know there was an event going on here. Now I am trying to wrangle some friends together to see if they want to go.
Houstons db- July 13, 2012 at 7:34 am
Dang... I'm definitely watching, especially since direct tv cut all my viacom channels. Dana knows he can always call on Tyron, win or lose, the other cats will get procrastinated till strikeforces demise.
Kennedy via TKO rd 3
Marquart via UD
Fried Taco- July 13, 2012 at 7:16 am
Oh, okay, I'll watch just out of pity.
ksgbobo- July 13, 2012 at 6:41 am
That just freaking sucks. Two reporters at the press conference?! I think this is going to be a great card. Too bad I dont have Showtime. I guess I'll be reading the liveblog if CP even does it.
Stak40- July 13, 2012 at 6:29 am
Thats some sad shit!
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