Strikeforce may have survived a contract renegotiation with Showtime after it’s top stars left last year, but the once emerging promotion has just been puttering along ever since.
It’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on Dana White. He believes he can turn it around if and when he convinces Showtime to give him full control over it.
He later addressed his goals to improve the Strikeforce brand saying, “why not the UFC’s level? If you talk to anybody they will tell you that Gilbert Melendez is one of the best fighters in the world. There’s a ton of guys. Now you got Rockhold over there. Yes, these guys are great. I just want to do things that I want to do things over there. We’ll see what happens. You guys know how I am. If I take this Strikeforce thing then I will dive into this thing 100% because I have so much free time. [laughter] I’m looking for a side project. Honestly, I will dive into this thing and I will make it right and I will make it good. I will make the fighters who fight over there not worry about what’s going on in the UFC.”
Well, one Strikeforce fighter who would probably love to see Dana get his hands on it is Tim Kennedy. He told MiddleEasy recently that he’s sick and tired of waiting around for fights.
I’m getting real sick of this MMA scene right now. Waiting around for fights and the politics between Strikeforce and Showtime and the UFC and Zuffa. I’m just kind of getting over it, man. I miss the simplicity of life as a soldier. So, I don’t know. I don’t know what I want to do. I have some extreme survival and athlete type shows possibly going and, so, I don’t know, man, I don’t know. It’s going to be a curious year. I haven’t fought in… months. Now it will be a year before my next fight. A year lay off, and not by choice. I was out two weeks with an injury in a twelve month time frame? It’s shenanigans. If my job is to fight and I only get a fight once every twelve months I can’t afford to keep fighting. I gotta do something else, I have to figure it out.
Kennedy has grown so discouraged over the situation that he’s actually thinking about retiring. He’s expected to fight Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold next and says that even if he were to beat Rockhold, he would probably call it a career after that unless he were to be offered a big fight in the UFC. Yeah, so much for all the Strikeforce fighters being pumped about staying in Strikeforce.
Tim Kennedy isn’t the only middleweight looking for a fight. Jason “Mayhem” Miller, fresh off one of the more disappointing performances of his career at the TUF 14 Finale, wants to get back in action as well.
Mayhem’s problem is quite different than Kennedy’s dilemma though. He’s in the UFC where there are plenty of cards to fight on, but the problem is Dana White was so disappointed in his performance against Michael Bisping he was actually thinking about letting him go.
On The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani yesterday, Miller said that he was given a “nod” that he would be given another chance, but they haven’t offered him another fight as of yet. To fix that, he implored fans to bomb Dana White’s Twitter feed with requests to give him a fight.
“You guys tweet Dana that you want to see me fight,” Miller said. “I want to fight as soon as possible. So the more pressure that anybody who wants to see me fight, the more pressure they put on the brass, well, guess what? I’ll fight sooner.”
“Whenever — I’ll fight next weekend,” Miller said. “I’m sick of sitting on the couch,” he said. “I’m a fighter. I need to fight.”
Fighters need to fight. Hopefully both Kennedy and Mayhem gets fights sooner than later.