After a memorable UFC on Fuel event, the MMA week continues this Saturday with Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy. The entire fight card is stacked with MMA veterans that are at a crossroads in their careers and rising stars that could burst onto the MMA scene with impressive wins.
A card that features multiple prospects and veterans usually answers several questions as to where the fighters are in their careers, and I suspect that there will be a fair share of conclusions after the dust settles Saturday night. Here are just a few questions that I am looking forward to being answered this Saturday.
Last night, Chris Weidman dominated Mark Munoz, making it clear that he is one of the elite at 185 pounds. Luke Rockhold can make a similar statement with a dominating performance against Tim Kennedy.
Despite winning his last eight fights, I'm not completely sold on Rockhold being one of the best fighters much less middleweights on the planet. He dominated Keith Jardine in his last fight, but images of his razor-thin bout with Ronaldo Souza still flicker in my mind.
Those images would be erased if he finishes Kennedy in impressive fashion this Saturday. Like Mark Munoz, Tim Kennedy is a scrappy fighter that is hard to finish or dominate, and if Rockhold can do both of those things, then he will start to develop a case to challenge for Anderson Silva's title.
I'm sure you noticed the lack of the letter T in the spelling of Nate Marquardt's name up above, and the reason being is that my question is whether we will notice the lack of T (testosterone) in his fight against Tyron Woodley.
Obviously Marquardt has testosterone, but this is his first fight post-TRT, and I'm curious to see if there are any changes in Marquardt's physique and fighting style. We don't fully understand how TRT affects a fighter's performance, and Marquardt will serve as an intriguing example of how a fighter changes after quitting TRT.
The article continues after the break with more questions that will be answered at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy.
Tyron Woodley, Prospect or Contender?
Ever since Tyron Woodley submitted Rudy Bears at Strikeforce Challengers 5, he has been regarded as one of the top welterweight prospects. Since then, he has failed to live up to the giant expectation thrust upon him. Sure, he is still undefeated, but his next five victories were underwhelming to say the least.
In the next five fights after Bears win, Woodley was able to only finish one opponent, and he benefited from two split decisions. Woodley has talent and potential, but it's time for him to realize it and let the world know that is a top welterweight with a big victory over his toughest opponent to date, Nate Marquardt.
Will The Real Ryan Couture Please Stand Up?
Ryan Couture unblemished record was tainted with a loss to Matt Ricehouse in June of last year in a fight that he was dominated in. After that fight, I decided to close the book on Couture as ever being a relevant welterweight, but he made me open that book back up with an upset victory over Conor Heun in March.
Athough the Ryan Couture that beat Conor Heun looked like a fighter that would be more than just a relevant welterweight, the Ryan Couture that lost to Matt Ricehouse looked like a fighter that would be an afterthought in the annals of MMA history. Couture's upcoming fight against Joe Duarte is a big one for Couture because it will answer the question as to who is the real Ryan Couture.
Why Does The World Hate Pat Healy?
This isn't a question that will be answered on Saturday, but it's something that I want to get off my chest. It seems like MMA higher ups hates Pat Healy for some reason. What did he do? Kick babies? Healy has to be one of the most underrated fighters in the game.
Don't get me wrong, Mizuto Hirota is a solid fighter, but I want to see Pat Healy fight higher quality lightweights. Healy has won seven of his last eight fights, and his lone loss in that time period was to Josh Thomson in a fight that he was winning.
Granted Healy doesn't have the most colorful personality, but he certainly deserves better competition just based on his talent alone.
Don't miss Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy this Saturday. It's a fun, action-packed card that promises to answer a lot of intriguing questions.