Some of the fighters who have left have not left entirely because of the contracts. Some fighters, like Matt Lindland, are just illogical. The UFC is doing something illegal because they manage and promote the fighters at the same time? He's doesn't make sense. They operate out of Nevada and the gaming commission would be all over that. The UFC does not manage fighters. They do not dictate who the fighters fight. They offer fights to fighters, just like any other promotion. It's up to the fighters to decide if they take the fight or not, just like any other promotion.