Strikeforce move is meaningless

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Don't pop the champagne corks just yet. There is little to celebrate here.

When wind first wafted that the UFC had swallowed its only real competitor, one thing and one thing only sprang into the minds of real fight fans.

Finally, Fedor Emelianenko will be forced to fight the best fighters in the world -- something he has been ducking for the past four years.

Fedor vs. Lesnar, Fedor vs. Velasquez, heck, even Fedor vs. Couture.

There were instant visions of the Russian -- who until recently went an entire decade without a loss -- in an eight-sided cage.

Then this: The UFC "intends to operate Strikeforce as a separate business" and "there are currently no plans to bring Strikeforce fighters to the UFC."

What the...? Seriously?

No Nate Diaz coming to take on GSP? No Gilbert Melendez or Alistair Overeem?

So Strikeforce gets a bigger marketing machine, better posters and pre-fight hype videos and the fans get nothing.

Here's hoping this is some well-calculated mind-cluster with the real intention being to merge the two fight clubs ASAP and not wait for five years as it did when it bought the WEC.

If it does, the only thing worth celebrating with this move is that Strikeforce will adopt the UFC rules and finally allow elbows.

Outside of that, it's meaningless.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca


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