Posted by AchillesHeel
The people who run those businesses are obviously in competition, and the fighters should feel free to leverage that fact when negotiating a contract, but as a fan of MMA, I find the whole "UFC-vs-Strikeforce" thing mostly annoying.
I see where you're coming from but at the same time competition breeds success. It encourages the companies to combat one another with their best possible product. AFL, NFL....WWF, WCW....NBA, ABA. It just works really well. Now I kinda wonder what will happen to Shields if/when he gets released from the UFC too. I don't think he will be a title contender at 185, but at 170 the guy can probably be in line for a shot after a couple of quality wins. The Nashville show was extremely poorly marketed. Shields basically got crapped on in that situation and Henderson was the Golden boy who happened that night to not have the Midas touch. I understand needing to push your current stars, but at the risk of drawing an analogy thats going to piss people off, at some point in time you have to create new stars. I watched wrestling a lot as a kid...yes WWF and WCW back in the day. The best thing that ever happened to Vince McMahon and company was for Ted Turner to shell out a ton of money to take away Hogan, Savage, Hart ect... When that happened McMahon pushed guys like Austin, and the Rock. They made more money in that time frame than ever before and put WCW out of business. If Strikeforce doesn't change something then eventually they will follow the road paved by Elite XC and Affliction. King Mo, and Gilbert Melindez are really good fighters who haven't been pushed at all. The bad thing about being the little guy in business is that at some point in time you have to change something or take a risk if you ever want to be a true competitor. The same ole same ole won't get the job done.