Strikeforce are gunning for Lashley vs Batista on PPV; Butterbean says Pudzianowski "punches like a girl"Posted on July 15, 2010, 07:23 AM by Anton Gurevich
It looks like Strikeforce are preparing to play it big. According to the promotion's matchmaker Rich Chou and the CEO Scott Coker, the fight between the two former WWE Superstars Bobby Lashley and Dave Bautista may be heading directly to the Pay-per-View. Many fans are skeptical about the benefits of bringing the 41-year old Bautista to Strikeforce, not speaking about his record of injuries and lack of experience in Mixed Martial Arts. But it's all business for the San Jose-based promotion.
"That’s not a free television bout. That’s a pay per view fight," said the matchmaker Rich Chou. "You can’t give away everything for free." CEO Scott Coker shared the exact thoughts, in his interview for HeavyMMA: "Absolutely. That’s a pay per view fight. I believe we put on some great matchups for the hardcore fans and the casual fans in general. When you tune in to a Strikeforce fight, you know you’re going to see some great fights. But every once in awhile, when you get a chance to throw in a fight like this one that’s just fun to watch? Why not?" - HeavyMMA
I won't lie about the curiosity to see Bautista and Lashley square off inside the cage, but there's a healthy order by which things should be followed. Strikeforce's biggest draws are currently Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem. Fighters like Jacare Souza and King Mo Lawal are a strong backbone, that should be developed by Strikeforce. Scott Coker and his men organized some of the best nights of fights this year, often surpassing the Ultimate Fighting Championship by excitement. The chances that Bautista and Bobby Lashley will continue this line are very slim, in my opinion.
As for Moosin, the legendary Butterbean had a good choice of words for the 9-time World Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski:
"I know he allegedly broke his foot in the fight against Sylvia, but he didn’t show anything before he quit. Pudzianowski has no stand-up and as strong as he is, he punches like a girl. All he does is throw arm punches. He needs a lot of help. He’s the 5-time World’s Strongest Man but hits like a 130-pounder, not a strong man who weighs 270 pounds. He doesn’t have the skill level to get to the level he wants to fight.
Once he gets a stand-up game – you can’t have a ground game working without one – he could be a force in MMA. He still needs some work on his ground game, too. We all know he’s very strong but that’s not enough at the highest level of MMA. I don’t know who has been coaching him but that trainer should be fired. Pudzianowski needs to prove himself, showing he has a good stand-up game by beating a good MMA fighter, before he gets another big fight like a spot on the October 9 show." - Moosin MMA
Just like Dave Bautista for Strikeforce, Mariusz Pudzianowski is the biggest "freak show draw" for Moosin. Mariusz Pudzianowski was rumored to square off against Kimbo Slice at Moosin 2 on October 9th, in what would be possibly the biggest freak show in the sport's history. The fight was later denied by Kimbo Slice's management, but Moosin are still trying to arrange the fight. Stay tuned to LowKick.com for further developments of the situation around Pudzianowski's next fight.
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