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The MMA Outsider: Episode 81

1/9/2013
Richard Anderson Mann & John Buhl

And then it was gone. Strikeforce burst onto the scene in 2006 and quickly emerged as a powerful regional show on the west coast, even setting the North American record for attendance with its Shamrock vs. Gracie debut card. The promotion appeared on NBC in 2008 and, after buying up EliteXC's assets, became a strong national show aiming to compete with the UFC. However, with the need for new investors to sustain its entertaining but costly model, Strikeforce ended up under the Zuffa banner. Before we knew it, the show's best talent gradually began migrating to the UFC, and suddenly a promotion known for putting on exciting, top-notch cards was struggling to hold an event. Fitting of its recent struggles, Strikeforce will hold a final show this Saturday; it was supposed to feature three title fights, but injuries and other planning snafus turned it into a card with one title fight and several odd mismatches. For one last time, Richard and John break down a Strikeforce card and look back at the promotion's history.



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