Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has told USA Today that although Saturday may herald in the bittersweet ending to the Strikeforce MMA organization, he plans to celebrate his and Strikeforce’s success over the years, rather than mourn it.
This Saturday marks Strikeforce’s last ever show, Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine which takes place in the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. While not being the marquee final show that Strikeforce and Showtime would have wished for (thanks in no small part to the barrage of injury-stricken fighters), there remains some of the biggest names in the sport of MMA such as Nate Marquardt, “Jacare” Souza, Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi, something Coker fully acknowledges.
“I think this is a good way to close the chapter, and it’s something that I’m going to celebrate,” he told the USA Today. “I’ve been in the fight business 27 years. That’s a long time, a long run, and I’m going to celebrate this.”
What MMA have to look forward to is seeing the elite of Strikeforce’s ranks potentially making the move to the UFC where they would square off against some of the best in the world, something they would otherwise have been unable to do, due to contractual obligations to one organization or another.
The one problem fans will hope not to have to see is whether the lack of competition from another major mixed martial arts organization now will slow the UFC’s drive and competitiveness now their main competitor is no longer around. Such a problem arose when the WWE bought out rival pro-wrestling organizations WCW and ECW ten years ago. This is unlikely to be the case however with the UFC, as there is plenty of competition and distribution networks (like Showtime) looking to rise a new number two, which we’d agree is now Bellator MMA .
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine takes place this Saturday at 10pm on Showtime. The main card fight are below:
Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffediene (170 lbs.)
Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring (265 lbs.)
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle (205 lbs.)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Ed Herman (185 lbs.)
Josh Barnett vs. Nandor Guelmino (265 lbs.)