Former Olympian Daniel Cormier Defeats John Devine at Strikeforce Challengers VII

via www.mmamadness.com

The biggest (figuratively and literally) fight on the undercard was a heavyweight bout between John Devine and two-time Olympic wrestler, Daniel Cormier. Obviously, Cormier was the favorite, but he brought a 1-0 record into what was only his second fight as a professional. You would have expected Cormier to want to take the fight straight down, but he seemed content to stand and strike, at least for a little bit. After a few nice combinations from Devine, Cormier landed a right that dropped Devine like a rock. Cormier followed with a few ground strikes before the referee stopped it and awarded him the TKO.

- From Examiner.com

There is absolutely no excuse for Strikeforce/Showtime to film this fight and rather than use the THIRTY MINUTES left in the scheduled broadcast to showcase the fight of a former Olympic wrestler just end the show.  This is just awful, awful time management and a pointless waste of Cormier.  If he wasn't going to make the broadcast, even if time allowed, then why not save him for a different Challengers show?

The same kind of problems come up when they have fighters like Shamar Bailey, who fought on the most important Strikeforce card to date, have no video to showcase prior to their fight.  Bailey fought and won on the first CBS event.  But the promotion/network didn't film the undercard and as such there was no film to use during the pre-fight.

There are growing pains, and then there is common sense.  Unfortunately a very solid Challengers show has the cloud of a wasted Olympian's effort hanging over it.

Update: I stand corrected.  They did show Bailey's previous fight clips during his intro.  So it was one of the few prelims they taped.

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