Posted by Sir_Karl
Now is Tim Sylvia's chance!!! I bet he would fight Cormier. Cormier would probably KO Arlovski within the first two minutes if they ended up fighting though. I wish Zuffa would or could dissolve Striekforce already though.I want to see Strikeforce assimilated into the UFC. It has been long overdue. There is some contractual mumbo jumbo about Strikeforce fighters not being able to fight for the UFC as long as Strikeforce is on Showtime but this makes no sense as Diaz, Miller, Bigfoot,Shields and Henderson have done it. Strikeforce is a dead horse that has been dead for a long time now.
The reason those contracts now have that mumbo-jumbo is because Zuffa moved a lot of the Strikeforce talent/draws to UFC already (the guys you mentioned). Strikeforce and Showtime couldn't put on cards that people wanted to see if it continued.
If I remember correctly, Shields' contract was up (Strikeforce had an option to match the offer), and he signed with the UFC. Apparently Strikeforce contracts didn't have the champion clause, or it was limited to giving them the ability to match offers.
The Nick Diaz situation was different. He still was under contract with Strikeforce, but due to the lack of intriguing fights, he was looking to box. Zuffa ended up getting the contract changed. He was going to fight GSP in lieu of boxing (new contract prevented him from boxing). So in this instance, Diaz was essentially stolen from Strikeforce by the UFC.
I believe Henderson's contract was up with his win over Fedor. Zuffa already owned Strikeforce at that time. UFC signed him. Hendo was the Strikeforce LHW champ, so again, they must not have had a champion clause.
I believe Bigfoot and Werdum were both still under Strikeforce contract, but with Zuffa owning Strikeforce, they just redid their contracts to sign them to the UFC.
The Overeem situation was weird. He was 'cut' from Strikeforce because he wasn't going to be able to make the date for the tourney final due to injury. Then there was some problems in negotiating with the UFC, but ultimately he was signed to UFC.
All of these instances, I believe led to the addition of this contractual mumbo-jumbo. If the UFC kept taking all of Strikeforce's talent, then the Showtime slots would be headlined by guys like Bobby Voelker, Ryan Couture, Keith Jardine, etc. Only the real hardcore fans would watch those cards. Cards with Rousey would still get good numbers, but the UFC would have taken Melendez, Rockhold, Jacare, Kennedy, Woodley, etc. leaving nobody else that could headline and draw.