Strikeforce is on a hot streak. Not all streaks are hot for a good reason, though.
Strikeforce is not exactly on any winning streak; they have been on a cancellation streak. Last Friday, on October 12th, Strike force announced they will be cancelling their event for November 3rd: Comier vs. Mir. Two of the events headlining fighters dropped out due injuries, heavyweight Frank Mir and middleweight Luke Rockhold. Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry are being considered for possible replacements, but nothing is set in stone.
Stikeforce CEO Scott Coker had this to say: “Due to a series of injuries we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on November 3rd. While we are disappointed with this cancellation, we are looking forward to put together a stacked card in January.”
This is the second consecutive event Strikeforce has been forced to cancel. The last event Strikeforce cancelled was on September 29th, Melendez vs. Healy. That being said, Strikforce hasn’t produced a major fight card since August. I’ll admit a company that doesn’t deliver the product on time is not good for anyone. Certainly, the diehard fans are frustrated, especially those who purchased tickets and took the time and money for travel arrangements etc.
This wouldn’t be that big of a foul up if it wasn’t a repeated foul up. Mistakes happen and when they have the potential to cost millions of dollars, you would think you would try and learn. I hope for Strikeforce’s sake they can really deliver and bring an incredible fight card together by January.
Do these cancellations pose a threat to the popularity of the league? I think so, but it’s not enough for Zuffa to consider cutting it. While certainly not as popular as Zuffa’s bread winner, the UFC, Strikerforce has enough valuable assets to keep it going. Like a successful ecosystem, Strikeforce has a few niches that will keep the hungry fans coming back for more.