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Well tonight I’m giving you my thoughts on one of the top MMA stories of 2010. You’ll have to excuse my jumping around from promotion to promotion. Hopefully, you are one of the 20 people that read my article on Strikeforce Improvements:). I think it would blend it well with this particular topic if you have a few minutes to spare. Check it out.
Why Mayhem/Diaz Shoud Happen
About a year ago on the Mayhem/Shields event broadcasted by CBS, we witnessed the infamous brawl that took place after the main event. Apparently, that ignited one of the most heated rivalries of the year. Let’s go with the "controversy creates cash" objective here and use perhaps the two of argubaly the most colorful fighters in SF or MMA. Now what would be the problem sticking them in a cage for five rounds and seeing what fireworks occur?
-Let’s just say that hypothetically Scott Coker penciled in this event for June on CBS, which should be booked at least 3 months prior to the event to buildup even more so that it has reached beyond the typical MMA fan and into the mainstream once again.I’m talking billboards,late night shows, and ESPN coverage. Imagine Mayhem on Conan or Leno. It would be classic. The guy has the talk of a pro wrestler in the early 2000's when wrestling was at it’s peak. I’m assuming he would become the proverbial face/good guy of the bout (Unless we are in San Jose). I also failed to mention he is the host of his own show “Bully Beatdown “shown by MTV which has obviously garnered success on that god awful channel. Then we have Nick Diaz the proclaimed “Bad Boy Of MMA”. The possibilities for a headline in this match are endless, one off the top of my head “Mayhem Finds His Own Bully Beatdown”. Run commercials as many times as possible for this, it’s unfortunate that this isn’t really happening that soon so that Strikeforce could air promos for this during Superbowl Sunday on CBS.
-I throughly believe that this fight has the potential to bring some of the younger fans who aren’t as familiar with MMA with the proper buildup. Hell, throw Gina Carano in the mix with a heavily hyped return and you have yourself a night of fights and it will show people how attractive and talented some of these female fighters are at the same time! Surround the event with the best you have to offer SF.Assuming Fedor sees success in February's tournament, have his next fight soon following so you can hype it to hell and back the same night!
-Now let’s stop for a second and ramble on something here. The UFC is considered the primetime of the MMA world and it will more than likely be that way for years to come unless something drastic takes place. Instead of trying to become the UFC, Strikeforce needs to be the same,but different.They need to offer something that Dana doesn’t. The idea of having edgy fighters with explosive personailties meet inside of the cage to sort our their differences makes for great entertainment. Not that UFC doesn’t have their share of grudge matches. They are just completely focused on the MMA aspect of the sport and that’s professional. SF needs to become the go to promotion when a UFC PPV weekend isn’t upon us.The question I’m asking is it possible for Mayhem/Diaz to take place on a professional level? Probaly not,but this is a bloody, fighting sport! We are on the verge of heading back into the Roman times where mass crowds enjoy two men beating the living hell out of each other! Think about that.
In the end whether it happens or not is up the CEO. It shouldn’t be in the fighter’s hands to decide business decisions for the company. I will go on the record and say that Mayhem should move to Nick’s weight class in order for it to be a title fight. It would make it more exciting with a strap on the line, regardless of how skinny he thinks will be.
I’m also not proclaiming that Mayhem/Diaz are the greatest fighters in the world by any means, but they are talented and very fun to watch regardless of who their opponents are. So for those of you who don't want to see it, that's fine. I don't see why you wouldn't want to? Feel free to tell me why:) I'll be sure to respond.
Well, that’s all I have to offer tonight. I hope you enjoyed reading. If you have any comments on this or just think I’m an completely idiotic for even suggesting it. Let me know and always remember negative feedback is accepted,but frowned upon:) Take it easy.
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