Strikeforce Heavyweights Will Have a Huge Impact on the UFC

Chris AlfaroContributor IIIJanuary 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Fabricio Werdum arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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By now, it is well known that the UFC is adopting all of Strikeforce's heavyweight talent.

And even more importantly, it's well known that the UFC really needs these fighters to fill out its roster.

What's strange, though, is the perception that many people have. Looking around online, it's easy to see that people are writing off Strikeforce's heavyweights as cans that will be crushed to bolster the careers of "proper" UFC heavyweights.

This is absolute nonsense.

While it is true that Strikeforce is a much smaller promotion than the UFC, that doesn't mean that it's inferior.

Strikeforce has put on some great fights in the heavyweight division and has showcased some great fighters really giving it their all. Not to mention that these fighters are all entering a division that was pretty well split between the two promotions.

With the success of Alistair Overeem in the UFC, expect many of other Strikeforce fighters to begin to make waves in the heavyweight division. Names like Werdum, Cromier and Silva will soon become staples in the UFC and will rise to prominence in the division.

Still not convinced? Think back to last year when everyone was writing off the WEC lightweights. People claimed that, coming from the small show, they wouldn't stand a chance in the UFC.

Isn't it a bit surprising how well they're doing now?

It's only a matter of time until we see the Strikeforce heavyweights gain traction and many of them rise to the top of the division.