Five matches that could be added at Strikeforce’s Nov. 3 event
Five possible bouts that could be added to Strikeforce's Nov. 3 fight card
For most of 2012, the UFC has been experiencing difficulties when it comes to events due to fighters pulling out of matches after getting injured. This led to fight cards getting shuffled and events being canceled.
The UFC wasn’t only organization affected by this. Strikeforce, which is also owned by UFC’s parent company Zuffa, scrapped their Sept. 29 event after Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez suffered an injury during training.
Strikeforce is scheduled to have another event on Nov. 3. The main event was originally set to have Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier face former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir in a Strikeforce-UFC crossover fight.
On Sept. 19, it was announced that Mir suffered an injury during training and would have to pull out of the fight.
Two other fights that were originally going to take place in November were Luke Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin for the Strikeforce Middleweight championship and Sara McMann vs. Liz Carmouche.
Rockhold, who would have been making his third title defense, had to pull out of the fight due to injury.
McMann, who was set to make her Strikeforce debut in her match against Carmouche, also backed out of the event after suffering an injury during training.
Unlike the Sept. 29 fight card, Showtime has not officially pulled the plug on the Nov. 3 event. While Zuffa has been looking for a replacement opponent for Mir, neither Larkin nor Carmouche have been scheduled replacement fights.
As the MMA world is awaiting the fate of the Nov. 3 fight, here are five matches that could go on the event.
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is perhaps the most well-known fighter in Strikeforce, male or female. Although she has fought twice in 2012, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said that Rousey is looking for another fight before the end of the year.
While many fans are looking forward to a super fight between Rousey and former Strikeforce champ “Cyborg” Santos, who is on suspension until December 2012, Liz Carmouche may be the next best option. Like Santos, Carmouche is powerful and has a killer instinct.
Carmouche has also called out Rousey in the past.
Rousey’s last two appearances have produced great ratings on Showtime. Having her fight Carmouche, whose star has been rising in 2012, on Nov. 3, could be a success for both Strikeforce and Showtime.
Nate Marquardt vs. Jason High
With two Strikeforce champions being injured, welterweight champion Nate Marquardt has a chance to save the day if he were to take up the gloves and fight on short notice. Jason High, who is currently on a seven-fight winning streak, has established himself a contender after submitting Nate Moore in 26 seconds with a guillotine choke.
A title fight between Marquardt and High could not only draw numbers for Showtime, but also help bring Strikeforce’s Welterweight division, back to the height of popularity it experienced when Nick Diaz was champion.
Keith Jardine vs. Lorenz Larkin
Although Keith Jardine seems to be on decline in his MMA career, his name alone could help draw fans to watch the event. While his record may not be the best, Jardine is known to MMA fans due to his five-year stint with the UFC.
For Lorenz Larkin, who was originally supposed to fight for the Strikeforce Middleweight title, it gives him a chance to assert his status as top contender, which was seemingly called into question when it was announced he would face Luke Rockhold for the title.
For Jardine, beating Larkin also gives him a chance to get back on the winning track. He may be the underdog in this fight, but as the old saying goes,” Anything can happen in MMA.”
Miesha Tate vs. Alexis Davis
If Ronda Rousey is the most well-known fighter in Strikeforce, former champion Miesha Tate cannot be far behind.
Before Rousey took the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight title from her, Tate was the face of Strikeforce’s women’s division. Her abilities in the cage combined with her sex appeal made her well-known throughout the MMA world.
Although she announced that she was taking some time off from competition after her victory over Julie Kedzie in July, Tate’s star power could help bring in fans who were hoping for to see the now-canceled women’s fight between Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche at the Nov. 3 Strikeforce event.
One fighter who would be a good match for Tate would be Canadian fighter Alexis Davis. Davis is coming off a huge win over Hitomi Akano from Invicta FC 2. Prior to that fight, she fought a war with Sarah Kaufman that ended with Kaufman getting a majority decision.
A fight between Tate and Davis would add to the list of memorable women’s fights in 2012.
Ovince St. Preux vs. Gegard Mousasi
The Strikeforce Light Heavyweight division has been without a champion since Dan Henderson returned with the UFC in 2011. Although Strikeforce is planning to do away with the light heavyweight division, the promotion is keeping the 205 weight class and will eventually crown a new champion.
While the promotion may proceed with a tournament to crown a new champion, Strikeforce could just award the title to the winner of a rematch between Gegard Mousasi and Ovince St. Preux.
Mousasi, who is a former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion, defeated St. Preux in 2011 by decision. Since then, St. Preux defeated T.J. Cook by K.O. in August 2012. Prior to facing Mousasi, St. Preux was on an eight-fight winning streak.
By making the Mousasi vs. St. Preux rematch for the vacant Strikeforce Light Heavyweight championship, this would give the Nov. 3 event a suitable main event.