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CBS Hoping for Herschel; 3 Title Fights Could Cause Problems

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If things go right for Strikeforce and CBS over the next six weeks, their April 17 MMA show will feature Herschel Walker returning to the cage in addition to a lightweight title fight of Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki, a light heavyweight title fight of Gegard Mousasi vs. Muhammed Lawal and a main event of Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson for the middleweight title.

But while CBS wants Walker on the card, it's no sure thing that he'll participate. And as great as those other three fights are for hard-core MMA fans, there are potential problems with having three title fights on one card.

One CBS source said he was "hoping but not holding [his] breath" that Walker would fight on the April 17 card in Nashville.

Walker's MMA debut in January was well-received and drew Strikeforce more mainstream media attention than it has ever had before, and although he's a newcomer to MMA, Walker would be the most famous fighter ever to participate in a CBS card. That's why the network would love to have him.

But Walker is a busy man with other interests, and he might not have the time and inclination to devote the next six weeks of his life to getting ready to fight on that card. There are also concerns about finding the right opponent for Walker. CBS, Strikeforce and Walker himself all want his next opponent to be a step up from the guy he beat in January, Greg Nagy, but no one wants him to take so big a step that he gets beaten badly by a better, more experienced opponent. Jose Canseco has said he wants to fight Walker, but Strikeforce insists that won't happen.

The Walker issue aside, another source expressed concern about the possibility of having three five-round title fights on one card. Broadcasting live MMA is always a tricky endeavor because the length of fights is unpredictable, but on this card, officials are particularly concerned about the possibility that all three title fights could go the full five rounds, making it nearly impossible to fit them all into a two-hour show. Or, conversely, CBS might allot more time for the Strikeforce broadcast -- but then all three fights could end in the first round, and CBS would find itself scrambling to fill time.

The bottom line is that while the next Strikeforce CBS card looks very promising, there are still a lot of issues that the promotion and the network need to get ironed out by April 17.

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I say do what the UFC does for the easy solution. Extend to 3 hours and if they all end in the first round do what the UFC does and show the prelims to showcare some of your younger talent. simple solution IMO to that problem. Or you could push one of the title fights back to that card with Rogers-Overeem on it.

As for walker, this card will be fn epic with or without him. Gotta respect the guy because he atleast respects the sport for what it truely is. Hope he gets a decent opponent like he wants, wouldn't mind him making a run in strikeforce as long as it's in like 4 or 5 fights with that 4th & 5th fight against big names because MMA gets enough sh*t IMO from people who say MMA is garbage because a pro wrestler like Lesnar can come in and win the heavyweight title of the biggest company of the sport in 3 fights. Ignorance

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Posted by NatedawgThaM

I say do what the UFC does for the easy solution. Extend to 3 hours and if they all end in the first round do what the UFC does and show the prelims to showcare some of your younger talent. simple solution IMO to that problem. Or you could push one of the title fights back to that card with Rogers-Overeem on it.



I agree. They should just do 3 hours and show prelims if it ends shortly. I dont see why Strikeforce is having such problems with scheduling times

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Do not ruin this amazing card by putting Walker on the main card.

Post #4   3/2/10 4:59:23PM   

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Please no Hershal Walker. That kinda crap hurts the sport.

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Posted by NatedawgThaM

As for walker, this card will be fn epic with or without him. Gotta respect the guy because he atleast respects the sport for what it truely is. Hope he gets a decent opponent like he wants, wouldn't mind him making a run in strikeforce as long as it's in like 4 or 5 fights with that 4th & 5th fight against big names because MMA gets enough sh*t IMO from people who say MMA is garbage because a pro wrestler like Lesnar can come in and win the heavyweight title of the biggest company of the sport in 3 fights. Ignorance



All you gotta tell people is that Lesnat was an NCAA Division I National Champ in Wrestling.

Hershall walker, has done the equivolent in his college sport of choice, football, but seriously, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Wrestling and Football are two different things.

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Let him fight Conseco. Screw it.

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Let him fight Conseco. Screw it.



And don't televise it unless it's a one sided quick beatdown!

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that's a good card to put walker on. lots of folks tune in that wouldn't normally and then they see guys like hendo, melendez , mousasi etc.

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Well I dont think Gegard vs King Mo is going 5 rounds.

Post #10   3/3/10 10:33:30AM   

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Hersh will definatly make the televised portion card if he fights. But it's not that big of a problem. No way Mousassi vs KingMo goes the distance or Melendez Vs Aoki for that matter. Hendo vs Sheilds has good potential for a UD but Dano copuld land one of the cement block overhand rights and end it early. That said WAR!!!!! Gergard, Aoki, Hendo!!!!

Post #11   3/3/10 5:36:55PM