Part of the fun of watching an event is wondering what comes next. Is that heavyweight prospect weaving his way into title contention? Would that middleweight be better off competing as a welterweight? Is that struggling lightweight even worthy of a job? Those are the types of questions we ask ourselves, because the fight itself isn't the be-all and end-all. It's just part of the path each athlete travels in his fighting journey.
As a general rule, that path at the big-league level is supposed to have a somewhat logical direction to it. Winners keep advancing, and losers face the pink slip. Simple. But what then of Saturday night's Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine?
Taken at face value, the event has upward mobility as a sub-plot. A golden ticket to the UFC beckons for the winners, after all, and that's no small thing. But it also appears to be no guarantee.