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Fighters Are Growing Impatient With Strikeforce And Lack Of Fights

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Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Erin Toughill, and now Jorge Gurgel has voiced their displeasure with the way Strikeforce is going about things.  Gurgel spoke with the Boston Herald:

I’ve been asking for a fight the very moment since I stepped out of the cage. I didn’t have a black eye on me," Gurgel said. "It’s never been this hard for me to find a fight. I’m happy with Strikeforce, I just wish they were a little bit more organized with events and with the dates.

"It kills me to be a professional fighter and not knowing when I get to work again. It’s very frustrating."

"There hasn’t been a fight. There hasn’t been a call. Strikeforce has been investing a lot of money, a lot of advertising, a lot of media attention on the upper weight classes," said Gurgel. "Gilbert Melendez sits with the belt incognito with nobody challenging for the belt, while I’m sitting here with my stuff in my hand waiting for a call. So I don’t really know what’s going on in the Strikeforce."

"To me the sport is getting so ugly, honestly. It hurts me to say this. It’s getting so watered down," Gurgel said. "Nothing against Hershel Walker, he is a great athlete, but mixed martial arts is not a freak show. Pretty soon they’re going to take an actor and be like, `Oh, he’s a great actor; let’s see him fight. Oh it’s David Beckham, let’s see if he can fight.’ It’s just very unmotivating."

HT: Boston Herald