While Strikeforce’s upcoming heavyweight grand prix does have a lot of people excited, there’s seems to be just as many who are upset with how Strikeforce stacked one side of the tournament bracket with the top three seeds. Everyone wants to know why? Here’s Scott Coker’s explanation from his appearance today on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
“Very rarely in a tournament does it ever work out where the last two guys are the guys everyone wants to see fight,” said Coker. “So I said to my guys, ‘What about this scenario: let them fight in the semi-finals, and let them get it on, and whoever wins moves forward.’ …Let’s say Fedor does get past ‘Bigfoot’ and then Alistair wins that fight, then we’re guaranteed to see a big fight.”
Is stacking one side of the bracket lame? Yeah, it is and I probably would have done it differently, but you know what. If this is what it takes to get the heavyweight fights we want to see in Strikeforce, then so be it. It’s still far better than we got in 2010 which was pretty much nothing at all.
Do expect to pay for those big fights in the semi-final and final rounds though. Coker’s still trying to get everyone buttered up for that.