Sunday, February 13, 2011

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva from a Tivo Perspective

Employment obligations kept me away from viewing the live broadcast of this past weekend's Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva event, but thank God for Tivo. If it hadn't been for the conveniences of modern technology, I probably would've ended up watching Bigfoot Silva batter Fedor's right eye on a tracked up VHS recording, or missing it altogether.

I'm sure some of you probably visited the website, thinking I had written off the first bouts of Strikeforce's Heavyweight Grand Prix. However, after watching the event (although several hours after the fact), my faith in Strikeforce has only increased.

For one, Antonio Silva's big win over Fedor made the heavyweight tournament even more interesting. It may not lead to the more desired Fedor vs. Overeem fight that fans hoped for, but the change of expectations can only heighten fans' interest in the tournament. It also adds some balance to the tournament bracket. Let's face it, if Fedor were to meet Overeem in the semis, we might have seen the most competitive match occur a bracket too early.

Retirement
It's obvious that Fedor's retirement is very likely, and rightfully so. I believe B.B. King said it best, "The thrill is gone." Yeah, he could always make a run at light heavyweight or maybe even middleweight, but he'd only be abandoning the weight class that he's made his mark in.

Going to bed
I realize that I'm playing 'Captain Obvious' with this entry, so I'll end my rant here. But I'll end on this note, Strikeforce is gaining momentum. Dana White can tweet every random fan, but the fact that he's paying attention only confirms Strikeforce's success (or potential success, if not both) from this tournament so far. My typing stops here.

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