In the last few days I’ve spoken a number of times about the confusion surrounding Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament. At yesterday’s press conference for next month’s Strikeforce: Houston event Scott Coker took time out to speak about the situation.
The good news is that it appears that despite the Houston event playing host to a 185lb title fight, the tournament idea is still in the works.
“The single match here (Jacare Souza Vs Tim Kennedy) is going to crown a new champion,” Coker tells heavy.com, “and then in October Strikeforce will start hosting the tournament and that’s when the eight fighters will come into play, and then the winner of the tournament will fight the winner of this match here.”
He goes on to explain the reasoning behind the decision.
“We talked about…do we throw an eight man tournament, we wait and and host it all in October, or do we start and crown the champion?…and I think that it’s the right thing to do to crown the champion.”
Personally I’m still a little disappointed they didn’t hold off on the title fight idea. As I noted in a previous article, with Dan Henderson and Cung Le already backing out out of the tournament, and now Jacare and Kennedy out of the picture, the competition has been weakened considerably.
Don’t get me wrong though, I am happy they are going to proceed with it nonetheless, and that they seem to have ditched the idea of just making it a four-man tourney as well. I’m just not going to get too enthused about it until I see the kind of caliber of opponent their going to be able to bring to the table for the event.
Check out Coker’s full interview below.