Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
Fighters like Pat Healy, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza are labeled as "Strikeforce" fighters when they have fought for promotions around the globe.
Outside the UFC, it is usually hard to attach specific fighters to a single promotion.
Take, for example, Pat Healy. These days, courtesy of his victory over Jim Miller, Healy is being heralded as one of the greatest “Strikeforce fighters” to show up. The thing is, by the time he joined Strikeforce, Healy already had 37 professional fights under his belt.
Over the years, he had fought a who's who of yet-to-be-prominent welterweights including the likes of Paul Daley, Dan Hardy, Carlos Condit, Chris Lytle and Jake Ellenberger in a laundry list of promotions you probably haven't heard of.
While he fought eight times against almost every noteworthy lightweight in Strikeforce's history, it's hard to firmly attach him to a promotion where just 17 percent of his career bouts took place.
The same, but in reverse, goes for Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who is labeled as a Strikeforce flop, in spite of the fact that he fought for the promotion just twice in a career that included stops in the UFC, Dream and WEC and prominent fights against the likes of Chael Sonnen, Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler and Kazushi Sakuraba.
Healy, Miller, and many others among the best in Strikeforce's history were not truly groomed in Strikeforce.
Don't get me wrong, though. Strikeforce remains the true home for guys like Tyron Woodley (nine of his 12 fights took place in Strikeforce), Luke Rockhold (also nine of 12), Gilbert Melendez (12 of 24) and Josh Thomson (13 of 26).
But for guys like Healy, Robbie Lawler, Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Rafael Cavalcante, Strikeforce was just the most recent stop in a career fighting around the globe.