Much has changed in the world of Mixed Martial Arts since I last wrote an article for Bleacher Report. Fedor went from floating at the top of the pound-for-pound rankings into a legacy-crippling downward spiral.
Steven Seagal went from simple movie star to the man who apparently taught all of Team Black House 7,804 different fight ending kicks. Jorge Rivera went from that guy who was on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback to that guy who made a South Park spoof song about Michael Bisping being a...jerk. On top of that, there's been the TV deals, title changes, signings and releases that have shaken up the entire sport.
However, as proven by this weekend's Strikeforce event, there is still one thing I can rely on in this crazy MMA environment. What am I speaking of? Strikeforce's fun, first-round finishes.
A multitude of first-round finishes have been racked up over Strikeforce's five year history. Saturday night we had the opportunity to see three of the event's main card fights end within the first five minutes of action.
However, for Strikeforce this is nothing new.
There have been plenty of Daniel Cormier vs. Big Foot scenarios that have gotten the crowd riled. If anything, we should probably expect these finishes more often.
Not that the UFC doesn't have its fair share of finishes within the first five, but Strikeforce seems to produce them consistently on most cards and in high profile fights. You could argue that this is due to large talent gaps between competitors, bad matchmaking, over hyping and so on; however, that's not my focus today. My focus is on some of those high profile matchups that have never seen it past round one. If Strikeforce goes the way of PRIDE (as many assume it will), fans will be able to look back on these fights and remember why Strikeforce was considered a contender to compete with the UFC's dominance.
So without further adieu: Here are Strikeforce's best first-round finishes.