• Possibly. But I don't put much stock in that.
White's comment about Strikeforce's wanting Shields to lose doesn't bother me as much as his statement Tuesday on
More important, accusations of collusion between Strikeforce and Miller appear to be completely unfounded based on the reporting I've done and what I've seen. Miller walked in the cage on his own.
As far as whether Shields is heading to the UFC, that seems very likely.
• Strikeforce and CBS have yet to discuss their future, but everything I'm hearing suggests the relationship should continue. More important than the brawl is ratings, and though the numbers for the Nashville card were softer than CBS hoped, the fights pulled enough in key demographics to serve a purpose for the network.
• Yes, I think it shows people are aware of
Before the Russian's fight on CBS last November, which drew a 2.5 household rating and 4.04 million average viewers, CBS ran a Showtime-produced
• Complete failure on the part of the promoter and regulatory body. I place the vast majority of blame on Strikeforce, which must make meaningful reforms to its policies regarding access to the cage. That won't guarantee a squabble never breaks out again, but it will make it less likely. Take a page out of the UFC's book: It does this sort of thing the right way.
• White said Nate Diaz wouldn't be held accountable for his participation in the scuffle.
• With soccer kicks, no less.
• Love this question. It has to be Aoki.
Henderson is 39 and if he walks away today would be regarded as one of MMA's very best. Miller was contrite in his apology and looks setup for a fight in June against
Melendez exposed Aoki. His ranking takes a big hit, dropping him deep in the bottom half of the top 10. His promoter, Dream, and country, Japan, will be looked at in a less favorable terms regarding the quality of their mixed martial arts. It's difficult to find anything positive for Aoki, except he became a sympathetic figure in defeat.
• It's not helpful in anyway. All it did was play to the narrative detractors want to believe about MMA. That said, no one was injured and I don't see it as the kind of event that hurts the sport in the long term.
• Interesting. The CBS fight was totally idiotic and unnecessary, so I'd say that. Anderson's effort was just perplexing. It's been a disappointing couple of weeks for MMA considering the fights that were on tap.
• CBS didn't seem bothered, though going over by 45 minutes ruined many a DVR recording, mine included.
• Based on the style matchups and weight classes involved, I can't imagine the WEC pay-per-view falling flat.
• Nope, not silent. Not pronounced as "H" either. The talented WEC featherweight champ's name is said with a strong "J." Tell your buddies it's Jose "With a J" Aldo.