There were quite a few losers from Saturday night’s fight card, but the biggest loser from Rockhold vs. Jardine has to be Strikeforce itself. This event just shows how much of ghost town the promotion really is at this point.
Certainly things can still turn around, but the talent level just was not there on Saturday night. As much as Dana White wants to claim that it’s going to be the same thing as the UFC, it’s just not. Almost all of the top talent is gone, the production value remains lower-end and the fans just were not into the fights at all.
Not only that, but middleweight champion Luke Rockhold basically said what lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has been saying for quite some time now: there simply is no competition for the champions in the promotion.
Granted, Tim Kennedy is worthy of a title shot in most people’s minds, but after him, what is there for Luke Rockhold to do? Who else can he fight? And it’s not like he’s been the champion for years and years like Anderson Silva. Tonight was Rockhold’s first title defense!... And it came against a guy who just doesn’t have “it” anymore.
There is still a chance for Strikeforce to turn around, but with four vacant championships (presuming Cyborg Santos is cut in the coming days due to her failed drug test), there is just a wasteland in the majority of the Strikeforce divisions right now.
Unless there is a real pullover of talent from the UFC to Strikeforce, it’s going to be extremely difficult for this promotion to continue, given the lackluster talent roster it currently possesses.
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