We all know the UFC is the top dog in the MMA world. There is no disputing that. They have the best production, the best fighters, the best everything. But there are still other organizations that while being B-league still matter in the MMA picture. Since we generally have threads for the important PPV and they come and go quickly, it's hard to keep an open discussion about the state of current MMA without building the discussion around a specific PPV.
For instance, I want to talk about the latest Strikeforce event and the state of women's MMA.
In a single event, Strikeforce tanked both divsions. Sarah Kaufman got clowned badly by Marloes Coenen and will have to swallow her words about deserving to be co-headliner in a televised event. But this was a match that follows the Strikeforce Bizarro MMA rules of title contendership: you only get a title shot after you lose a fight against a high profile fighter. Marloes Coenen is huge for the 135lb (61Kg) division and jumped straight into a title shot after getting badly beaten by Chris Santos. Miesha Tate, who won the tournament for contendership, had to wait around while Sarah was fed to a much bigger opponent who shouldn't even be fighting at that weight and certainly not for a title right after such a loss. On the other hand, Chris Santos is so dominant that the only match-up that Strikeforce can get her that sells PPV is Gina Carano and that just isn't going to happen.
What are your opinions on women's MMA? Positive, negative, couldn't care less?
Also, what do you think is the future for the WEC? Should it be the prime development territory for the UFC and eventually their champions should seemlessly jump into the UFC? The roster is much shallower than in the UFC so there aren't many top-level match-ups available. Should guys like Ben Henderson get into LW UFC contendership after clearing their division or should Zuffa expand the WEC roster with more top-flight competition instead of prospects? Maybe the other way around, people dropping from the UFC into the WEC, I don't know.