The race is heating up for MMA supremacy and Strikeforce is putting their champions on high alert. Although the normally laid-back organization doesn’t demand much from its fighters, outside of spectacular performances of course, they are now being forced to defend their titles a couple times a year.
“From my point of view, I’d think the champion would fight at least twice a year and defend the belt,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated. “That’s kind of the policy we’re discussing with some of the champions that we currently have.”
Considering that Strikeforce generously allows their fighters to seek employment in other organizations, allowing them the luxury of double-dipping in revenue and exposure, the least their Alpha Dogs can do is prove their mettle every six months inside their cage.
“In our case, with some of the other fighters, we had some issues, but we’ve gone in and tried to clean that up and we’re moving forward now,” Coker added.
The company’s middleweight crown will be up for grabs at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” on November 7th when former EliteXC welterweight champ Jake Shields takes on Jason “Mayhem” Miller in the night’s co-main event.
Strikeforce is well aware they are going up against MMA’s monopoly in the UFC, so they know they need to consistently put on box-office shows if they intend to compete, specifically on CBS, and the best way to do that is to have five round action-packed championship bouts.
The war has begun, hopefully Strikeforce’s elite soldiers are ready.