Forget this talk of Scott Smith possibly getting cut if he loses to Tarec Safferdine tomorrow night. Zuffa/Strikeforce is lucky to have Scott Smith and not the other way around. Between the Pete Sell knockout (which is still the greatest comeback ever, sorry Cheick) and the Cung Le comeback, Scott Smith owns some of the best moments in our sport’s history. Unfortunately for him he was on the receiving end in the highlight reels in 2010. The recipient of a face plant KO delivered by Paul Daley last December and a Cung Le revenge TKO earlier in the year brought Smith down to earth and possibly on the chopping block.
All I know is this: at his newish weight of 170, Scott Smith has a potential fight of the year with Marius Zaromskis.
But Tarec Safferdine first.
“He’s tough, well rounded all the way around, but I feel that I can put the fight where I want it. If I want it on the feet I’ll keep it there, but if I’m getting it taken to me in the fight I can put it on the ground.”
“I don’t see the UFC completely taking them over, I think UFC and Strikeforce have two different goals. I think Strikeforce puts on better cards because they put on fights like Fedor vs. Henderson. That doesn’t make sense as a title fight but it’s a fun fight. It’s a fan friendly fight. That’s what Strikeforce is good at. They go out there and put on the fights the fans want to see. If Zuffa’s smart they keep Strikeforce doing that, whereas the UFC will build up guys to see who’s the best fighter in the world.”
“I still get asked about the Cung Le knockout and the fight with Pete Sell, The Cung Le fight I would say was a better comeback. The Pete Sell fight was a better fight. Me and Pete Sell were back and forth, back and forth. It looks like a better comeback because of the way I got caught and then won the fight, but I think the Cung Le fight was such a dramatic comeback because I wasn’t winning that fight — I wasn’t even close to winning that fight. The Pete Sell fight was my all-time favorite fight and the Cung Le fight was my greatest comeback.”