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Maggie Hendricks

If the UFC wants to hurt Strikeforce, they need to try harder


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This Saturday, the UFC is airing tons of fights on Spike television. For the small cost of basic cable, you can watch fights from UFC 100, including Mir vs. Lesnar, as well as the entire Top 100 fights countdown. What is the cause of the UFC sharing their closely guarded vault?

Strikeforce, of course. The UFC is counterprogramming against Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg. It's all part of the UFC's plan to crush their new enemy, "Strikefarce." Too bad it isn't going to work.

Strikeforce is going to attract both casual sports fans, who want to see Gina Carano fight, and MMA fans, who want to see not only Carano vs. Cyborg, but also Mousasi vs. Sobral and Melendez vs. Ishida. We also want to see if Jay Hieron takes out his frustration from being screwed over by Affliction and Nick Diaz on Jesse Taylor's face.

So that leaves Spike with UFC and Brock Lesnar fans from his days of MMA. Guess what? Those people, the ones loyal to Dana White and the UFC no matter what, wouldn't turn on Showtime on Saturday night if it were the last station left on Earth.

If the UFC was serious about taking viewers away from Strikeforce, then they should have done what they did last July, when "Affliction: Banned" aired. Put together an Ultimate Fight Night, have some live action to combat live action.

This round of counterprogramming is just silly, and won't do anything to hurt the strong card that Strikeforce has put together, despite its bad luck.

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