Too bad this fight didn't get televised. Image via sherdog.com
So Strikeforce: Miami ended, and aside from the usual production problems, awkward post-fight interviews, and other small things, it was still a pretty good night of fights which brought a lot of entertainment.
- Nick Diaz used his length well to keep an aggressive and dangerous Marius Zaromskis at bay, and though both guys ate a lot of shots to dish out their own, it was still a pretty impressive victory for the new Strikeforce welterweight champion. He probably now gets in the top 10, but that's if his urine test doesn't over turn another quality victory.
- Nick's first title defense will likely be against Jay Hieron, who's fight sadly was buried in the prelims. EA Sports MMA said they'd air it on their website, but that broadcast failed too, and at least they apologized. Showtime distanced themselves from EA shortly after.
- Speaking of prelims, the night was full of stoppages and finishes, but as usual, they still didn't find a way to televise any of the undercard bouts. Poor Jay Hieron, but he's a free agent now, so if he's really unsatisfied...
- Strikeforce seems to still have trouble with the proper timing of the bouts. They had to push back the Michael Byrnes vs David Zitnik's bout till after the main event "due to time constraints", but at least they didn't cancel it like they did for the Miller vs Davis fight.
- Marius Zaromskis, although he seemed to have a chance when he dropped Diaz, was still very much over matched and had trouble dealing with the 5 inch reach disadvantage. He will have a chance rebound from this loss when he defends his DREAM Welterweight title this March, probably against Kiyoshi Tamura.
- Cris Cyborg is scary. Strikeforce will soon run out of pretty girls to match up against her, and the rest will probably try to drop to 135 lbs now. They really need that 145 lb women's tourney to build up a new challenger for her, though I'd prefer if Gina Carano fights the winner of that for a title shot.
- Marloes Coenen showed a ton of heart, but I think she should go back down at 135 lbs and join the upcoming tourney.
- Herchel Walker despite looking extremely stiff, flat footed, and resembled nothing like a Taekwondo Black belt, had a pretty successful debut. He showed decent power, wrestling skills, cardio and rock hard abs that you surely wouldn't see from the average 47-year-old. If his post fight interview was any indication, it looks like he might still be interested in getting another MMA fight.
- Herschel Walker wasn't the only Black Belt making his MMA debut that night. Former Power Ranger, Jason David Frank won by omoplata in his first amateur MMA fight. Like Herschel, he also has a black belt, weighs 215, started MMA late (he's 36), and also has a strong following. Instead of feeding Herschel another unknown and unskilled guy, why not match them both up? Embrace the freakshow-ish nature his fights, and lets have an entertaining bout between two guys who are serious about the sport, and are on a similar experience and skill level.
- Greg "Nudge" needs to go back to smaller shows, or maybe even think about taking up a different sport.
- Bobby Lashley finished a very out of shape Wes Sims in the least surprising outcome of the night. He says he's willing to take a step up in competition. A match against a blown up Mike Whitehead might be the perfect opponent for him.
- Wes Sims had a tough task going in to a fight on short notice, but at least he got paid $30,000, and he already has another fight scheduled against Tim Sylvia. Not bad for someone literally living on the streets just a few months ago.
- Robbie Lawler put up a miracle-Scott-Smith-from-the-brink-of-defeat-ish Knockout that shattered the dreams of our own Leland Roling. If 'Ruthless' indeed wants to bolt for the UFC after his contract, I think this fight made him deserve it. He's probably going to have a hard time walking for a few days though.
- Melvin Manhoef, although he got caught as he got a bit sloppy trying to finish off Lawler, did gain a lot of new fans that night. Bouts against Cung Le or Scott Smith could be a real interesting second fight for him.
- Get rid of that entrance ramp. It's cheesy. It only works for guys like King Mo, but they didn't show his entrance anyway, so what's the point?