On Wednesday, Strikeforce announced the bulk of its card for the Jan. 30 event at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
On Thursday, Fightin' Words has fully processed the information and is intrigued about the possibilities. Who knows if they will turn about to great individual fights or not, as is the case with every event, but we see some reasons to call a friend with Showtime and borrow their couch for the night.
Rumors are circulating that he'll fight Greg Nagy in his MMA debut. Whether that's true or not, I don't care. I'm interesting in seeing what Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, can bring to the cage. I don't know what I expect to see, I just know that I want to see it. He's been training at AKA with the likes of Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck. Jon Fitch and Cain Velasquez, which can't hurt. No doubt Walker's fight will garner some attention from mainstream media, which means some talking heads will be screaming about him on ESPN. Still, I'm intrigued to watch the fight, if only to say I did it.
The former WWE wrestler, 4-0 in MMA fights, also makes his Strikeforce debut. He's been a beast in his four heavyweight fights, so let's see what he can do now. If he does well, any chance he'll wind up in the cage with Fedor Emelianenko late in 2010? A crazy notion, sure, but who else does Strikeforce have to put up against him at the end of the year?
Cris "Cyborg" Santos -- you know, the woman that beat Gina Carano for the first women's MMA championship belt -- makes her first title defense against Marloes Coenen. Not sure what to expect here, but I'm curious about the marketing of this fight.
Jay Hieron vs. Joe "Don't call me Martin" Riggs
My editor was just asking me whatever happened to Hieron. "He's in Strikeforce now," I said. Then the press release hit my inbox and I forwarded it to him. No raise for me, but that's life. By the way, Hieron is from Long Island and wrestled for Hofstra.
Let's see how many punches Diaz can throw this time around against DREAM welterweight champion Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis. I'm guessing 300 per round.
There are more fights, but as of tonight, these seem the most curious.