There has been some out cry that the Shields Mayhem fight was boring last Saturday, Now that is a subjective matter I personally was entertained by it. I had it as my Fight of the Night not Fedor Rogers it was really just a forgone conclusion of who would win that one. The fight went the distance a full 25 minutes to a decision. This isn't because Shields cant sub guys his last 5 fights not including the one with Mayhem 4 ended with a Submission and one even via TKO. The Way the fight went down is completely on Millers shoulders due to his poor takedown defense and his inability to make it into a brawl. If he had been able to stop the take downs and make this a striking contest he would of most likely won.
Strikeforce will put him back on CBS for 2 reasons. Shields is one of the few top 10 fighters they have that isn't in there heavy weight division. With news that Fedor will be out up to 4-6 months due to injuries Strikeforce has lost one of there possible top draws. Now Shields cant pull a whole show by himself, he has just barley more personality then Bobby Lashley. He is though one of there few active Champions and title fights sell better then non title fights unless its a big match up. If he is paired up with one of there other guaranteed draws in Gina Carano they could pull some decent numbers,
This would also force CBS and Strikeforce, who I'm sure had some input into how the marketing was done to change up how the built the fight. For Saturdays show it was all FEDOR FEDOR FEDOR or FEDOR ROGERS , my family who had scene commercials and watched it with me were amazed that there were more fights, they aren't the biggest MMA fans though either. Now I hate comparing Strikeforce to UFC since its just not a fair comparison. They are no where near the same level of exposure and recognition . You don't hear people calling MMA Strikeforce do you? Where they can learn from UFC though is that it has the best hype machine across the board from MMA to Pro Wrestling. They don't just try to sell a show on 1 guy or 1 fight now it does help to have that 1 guy and 1 fight . In the adds they also say "and" as a example Rothwell Cain . UFC promotes the card now not the entire card but they do promote more then just 1 fight. This is something CBS and Strikeforce will have to correct.
If Strikeforce were able to pair Shields up with either Mousasi and have them both defend there titles on the same show hopefully they could pull better then Elite XC's second show as a bare minimum. It wouldn't pull Kimbo numbers but it should get them to there next show.
I like Kimbo and all he seems very likeable and down to earth on TUF . What does it say for your sport though when he is your most watched fighter and not Fedor, Brock, GSP, BJ, the Spider?