Daniel Cormier vs. Alistair Overeem
Daniel won the tournament, and in a way screwed himself, because he now must defend the title once before transitioning to the UFC. So why not the man he replaced in the tournament, and the last man to hold the Strikeforce Heavyweight title? Alistair is on thin ice with the Zuffa brass after his failed testing for the big UFC 146 card. He needs to do something to show his willingness to be a team player, and why not step back into his old stomping grounds for one last fight. Daniel will need to wait a few months for his hand to heal up, and Alistair will not be able to compete until December. Why not give Strikeforce a big fight for the end of the year? Admit-tingly, Zuffa would first put in The ‘Maine-iac’, Tim Sylvia before bringing in their big draw Overeem back, but it’s just a match that makes more sense than dollars.
Josh Barnett vs. Loser of Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Josh Barnett has been at the top of the MMA game for a long time. Was his loss this weekend a sign that he is slowing, or did the broken hand play a big factor? Hard to tell without setting him up against another viable contender, and it wouldn’t hurt that either one of them would be coming off two losses. It is a win-win situation. Whoever losses the match between Cain and Antonio may have their confidence shot after two consecutive losses. A win over Josh, a proven veteran, can only help. Plus, if Josh wins he shows he is able to compete with top ten fighters in the world. This match makes too much sense for it not to happen.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Winner of Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard
BJ Penn may have turned down an offer to fight for the Strikeforce lightweight title, but I doubt either Maynard or Guida would. I know it is hard to think about pulling fighters from the UFC to Strikeforce, but something must be done for Gilbert. He is a legit top three lightweight in the world, but there is no one left for him to fight. After a third match with Thompson who is left for him? Given if they were able to sign Eddie Alvarez it would be an interesting match, but he needs to be in the UFC as another contender. So, why not pull someone who is nowhere near the title, but still a top ten fighter. Clay just lost to current champion Benson Henderson, and Gray lost both his title shots to obtain the gold. This way Gray will have a chance to fight for a belt earlier than he would otherwise, and Clay had lost the Strikeforce title to Gilbert, so it would be a suitable rematch.
Josh Thomson vs. Bobby Green
Bobby Green has pieced together a nice three fight winning streak after losing his Strikeforce debut to Gesias Cavalcante. He deserves a step up in competition and could prove to be some homegrown talent to fight for the belt if he can beat Josh. Josh on the other hand will continue to prove himself to be at the top of the Strikeforce 155 lb. division. If he is able to do so he may earn his spot in the UFC when the time comes for him to move over since he will not likely get another shot at gold there unless Gilbert losses his belt.