On Saturday night, Strikeforce made its CBS debut with the world's top-ranked heavyweight in the main event. And while there weren't many surprises in the cage -- every odds-on favorite on the televised card pulled out a victory -- there's still plenty we can take away from this prime-time affair.
It was probably hard for "The Grim" to wake up Sunday morning and not feel depressed about being knocked senseless in front of millions, but there are plenty of positives for him to take away from this fight. We knew he could hit, and Fedor's face in the post-fight press conference indicated as much. But what's more impressive was how he fared on the ground. His takedown defense still needs work, particularly out of the clinch, but he did a good job of staying out of submissions and getting back to his feet. If he can do that against a guy like Fedor, he could be a serious problem for just about any other heavyweight on Strikeforce's roster.
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Mousasi did exactly what everyone expected him to, which is also a reason why the fight was so forgettable: He dominated. Mousasi needs a challenge. His talent and his potential are undeniable, but they're going to waste right now. Unfortunately, most top 10 light heavyweights are locked in to UFC contracts right now. There's Mousasi, and then there's Dan Henderson, who's really more suited to middleweight. He can't go up to heavyweight without being blocked by his buddy Fedor, and Mousasi insists that he absolutely can't make the cut to 185 pounds anymore. That leaves him all alone atop Strikeforce's light heavyweight division, where he's bound to get very lonely, if not downright bored.
CBS went into the Strikeforce broadcast hoping to get a piece of the 18-49-year-old male demographic that it doesn't typically see on a Saturday night. While the network is said to be pleased with the results, MMA's greatest heavyweight still couldn't outdraw reruns of