With an Overstuffed UFC... Strikeforce is sitting pretty
It's a fact that the UFC is the big leagues when it comes to MMA. They lead in both quality and quantity of athletes... hands down.
The UFC's merger with the WEC has created a very interesting windfall for the 'B' team. The UFC only has a limited number of slots on a limited number of cards and hundreds of fighters to keep busy...therein lies the dilemma for UFC and potential bonanza for Strikeforce.
The UFC is dropping talented fighters that have hit a rough patch at an amazing rate. They no longer have the bandwindth to develop B+ fighters or stick with a guy who's currently not setting the world on fire. Once upon a time, the UFC only banished fighters who's best days were behind them; now their roster is so huge they must jettison some good with the 'once was good'
The UFC is doing for Strikeforce what Strikeforce had a very difficult time doing for itself...locating and developing marketable talent.
The UFC's loss is potentially Strikeforce's gain.
And the upcoming Strikeforce multi-night heavyweight tournament...brilliant!!!
My only suggestion is that Fedor and Overeem should have been placed on opposite sides of the brackets. They clearly should have a chance to meet each other in the finals with the significant wild card being Werdum.
The left side of the bracket is brutal.