If you were to look back and name the last Strikeforce event that took place, you’d have to go all the way back to August where Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight crown against Sarah Kaufman. Since then, there have been two events canceled by the promotion, as the Strikeforce brand is facing one of the biggest catastrophes in MMA history.

The latest cancellation was made on Oct. 12, as the promotion announced that it was scrapping the event that was originally set to happen this coming weekend. With an injury to Frank Mir, headliner Daniel Cormier was already without an opponent, but the final nail in the coffin came with middleweight champion Luke Rockhold being forced out with an injury. With both the headliner and the co-headliner lost, the entire card of fighters found themselves out of work.

Fighters in Strikeforce have already had their issues with a lack of events, so with two cancellations within months of each other, it hurts tremendously. Not only do the fighters not get to compete, but they also cannot go elsewhere due to their contracts. At this point, Strikeforce is in a heap of trouble, as the promotion may be terminated by next year.

But as far as the fans perspective, they’ll be satisfied this weekend even without Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir.

Mixed martial arts fans will have not one, not two, not three, but four opportunities to see action-packed fights this weekend. Promotions such as Bellator, Resurrection Fighting Alliance, Glory kickboxing, and the newest organization on the circuit, World Series of Fighting, will be holding events this weekend to keep fight fans entertained.

On Friday night, Bellator will host its 79th event in Ontario featuring a heavyweight and featherweight semifinal bout. Also, The Ultimate Fighter will air another episode to continue the madness that has occurred over the past two weeks with the judging. Last but not least, RFA will have a stacked card featuring Tyson Griffin versus Efrain Escudero in the main event, along with notables such as Chidi Njokuani, James Krause and Sergio Pettis.

Saturday will feature a Glory kickboxing event in Rome, along with World Series of Fighting making its debut on NBC Sports Network. WSOF President “Sugar” Ray Sefo has a card stacked from top to bottom with many talented fighters that have competed with the UFC and other well-known organizations. Headlining the event will be former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski taking on Devin Cole, and fighters such as Anthony Johnson, Miguel Torres, Gregor Gracie, and Tyrone Spong will also compete.

While Strikeforce won’t be a part of this great lineup, it’s still one of the best, most stacked weekends mixed martial arts has seen over the years. And the best part about it, all of these events are free to watch, with the exception of Glory.

So even if you may have other things to do this weekend, you’ll still have a chance to watch MMA. Don’t tune in to Showtime hoping for a Strikeforce event. Instead, turn to other networks to catch fight cards with the same level of talent as Strikeforce. Those smaller promotions have done a wonderful job of filling the void.

Photo: WSOF’s Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.

  • Cam

    The WSOF easily has the best card of the weekend, I thought it was even better than the Strikeforce card top to bottom.

    • Corey Adams

      I agree. World Series of Fighting is stacked top to bottom with former Zuffa fighters. But I’m really looking forward to the RFA event tonight. They have really stepped their game up, and have put together a nice card with many future stars mixed with tough veterans.