Strikeforce will promote its final mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Jan. 12, 2013, emanating from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The event, originally dubbed "Champions," was to feature four title fights on the main card. The idea, of course, was to go out with a bang.
Instead, they'll go out with a whimper.
That's because most of the card has been decimated by a long list of convenient injuries, a fact not lost on longtime veteran Tim Kennedy, who will be competing on the night's preliminary card on Showtime Extreme in a middleweight bout against Trevor Smith.
He's been venting his frustrations on Twitter but Bloody Elbow got a juicy quote sure to ruffle a few feathers:
"Well, I don't know (if the injuries are real). Maybe they are, maybe they aren't. It's pathetic and convenient for every single marquee fighter in all of Strikeforce, that we all know to be going over to the UFC, are pulling out of their fights, two weeks before the final card. It's like, are you guys fighters, or are you just a bunch of little vaginas?"
Strong words and a big accusation, but he has a point. Then again, if fighters are protecting their careers by playing up injuries so they can wait until Strikeforce closes and guarantee themselves at least one fight in the UFC, could anyone really blame them?
It's a cutthroat business, this fight game. Kennedy alluded to that in another quote:
"I'm excited to be on the final show, and I think it's a testament to the guys that are still on the show, that they are actually real fighters, and not just going out there to make a buck and promote themselves. Great things will happen after this."
Sticks and stones and all that.
How many of you agree with Kennedy? Do you have a problem with these fighters gaming the system so they can get it while the getting is still good?