Strikeforce Houston: Take Things One Event At A Time
Strikeforce is an organization that has made many small mistakes, but all of them keep adding up.
This past Saturday night, Strikeforce hosted their 37th event from the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas—the event was headlined by both the middleweight and light-heavyweight straps on the line.
This time around, Scott Coker got lucky and both bouts did not go to a decision, but if both bouts made it to the 25 minute mark, would this be overkill?
Just four months prior to this event, Strikeforce hosted their Nashville event which was headlined by a whopping three title fights which all went the distance clocking in at 75 minutes of bell to bell action.
As a fan watching the show, I felt like it was too much for one event. Although each bout was entertaining, it just felt like too much being thrown at your television in an attempt to get some viewership.
I can completely understand wanting to put on a compelling fight card for your audience, but having more than one title fight on a show is just too many in my humble opinion.
Lets look at it from this angle, if a loyal and passionate follower of the sport is finding it too much for one sitting, how many of the casual viewers are going to stick around and how many are going to start flipping channels?
Is two title fights in a two hour broadcast too many?
I realize that Strikeforce is a growing organization and has time to improve and learn from their mistakes, but that's the key—are they learning from their mistakes?
I am sure I am not the only one out there who felt burnt out after watching April's Strikeforce: Nashville card from top to bottom, much like there would be many who would have felt the same way if King Mo didn't fall to Rafael Cavalcante at the beginning of the third round this past Saturday.
As well as burning out your audience, your essentially throwing all your eggs in one basket with two compelling title fights on one card, which doesn't create as much of a buzz around each title bout.
I don't want to seem like I'm bashing Strikeforce right now because that is not my intention. I have watched them grow for many years and I will continue to tune in, but they are making all the mistakes in the book which are all adding up in the long run.
Whether it be announcing tournaments that you don't follow through with or burning out your audience, Strikeforce is coming off looking like a second rate UFC organization, which is not where they want to be right now.
Personally, I think these are all mistakes that Strikeforce can learn from and move forward as a better MMA promotion. If you look to the early days of the UFC, they made countless mistakes by promoting bouts essentially as death matches and today is a worldwide phenomenon.
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