TVS wrote:Once the showtime contract expires, fighters will be assimilated and lots of guys will get cut. Namely Barnett, Nick Diaz, Fedor won't negotiate a deal, Overeem will go to kickboxing (partly because he wanst to do that part time while fighting MMA and partly because he avoids the US and their damned athletic commissions like the plague). UFC has already cast Arlovski once - why would they bring HIM back in the fold.
Diaz wasnt cut by the UFC he left because of pay. Dana has no problems with him i would guess he stays after the merge really where else is he gonna go at this point Japanese MMA is all but dead and the only thing state side left is Bellator or Shark Fights plus MFC in Canada and really they cant offer the money or fights to him. Barrentt and Fedor will never fight in the UFC. I dunno how Dana feels about bringing back Paul Daley and Babalu guys that were throw out for dirty fighting. I would guess Overeem goes to the UFC people can say all they want about him juicing but he had no problems passing the tests when he fought Brett Rogers. Also FEG the company that runs K1 and dream is all but dead (plus dosnt pay their fighters in a timely manner) and outside of K1 there isnt really any big money spots in Kick boxing so i would bet he signs with Dana.
I cant wait for the merger so many great fights are possible 2 years from now.
Reem vs JDS, Cain, Brock or Carwin
Jacare vs Maia, Palhares
Gegard vs any top ten 205er
Plus guys like Mayhem, King Mo, Werdum, Bigfoot, Hendo, Cavalcante, Gilbert Melendez have a good chance of coming to the UFC. UFC now has most of the great fighters in the world under their control. If only they could get Lombard and Eddie Alveraz now
Id like if the UFC keep Strikeforce around after the two years if only as a minor league where young guys could get some fights and others fighters can get back on track.