Posted by Kpro
UFC contracts have some form of clause that won't allow their fighters to fight on a non-UFC event. Well assuming Strikeforce was smart, their exclusive contracts will have a clause that won't allow THEIR fighters to fight on a non-Strikeforce event.
In that case, if the contracts read that way, it doesn't even matter that Zuffa owns both.
I doubt the Strikeforce contracts will be an issue. As SF has been ran so far, it seems they allow most of their fighters to fight under different promotions, see Paul Daley at BAMMA 5. They have had a lot of their fighters go to Dream and vice versa.
I don't think exclusivity is big for Strikeforce, and the freedom to fight in any promotion was probably a big drawing point for signing fighters. Look at Kharitonov who stated he wanted to get in multiple fights before the SF HW GP resumed.
Regardless, I find this transaction very interesting. Strikeforce could be the little brother of the UFC, where fighters go to build their name, and eventually move on to the UFC when they have established themselves.