Is M-1 Going to Be the Shady Business Division of Strikeforce?

Nate DoubleAnalyst IAugust 7, 2009

Strikeforce is the "good guy" organization in MMA.  No one has a bad thing to say about their President Scott Coker, they treat their fighters right, they co-promote, etc, etc.

If they want to remain categorized as such they should step up and allow Gegard Mousasi to renegotiate his newly signed Strikeforce contract.

Mousasi, originally slated to fight Renato Sobral under the failed Affliction: Trilogy card recently signed a four fight deal with Strikeforce.

The issue at the center of this deal is that Mousasi's management may have lied to him to get him to sign where they wanted him to sign.

Reports indicate that M-1 the co-promoter and management group told Mousasi that the UFC offered him a $40,000 show, $40,000 win contract which was quite a bit lower than the $125,000 show contract he had with Affliction.

Carmichael Dave of CBS Radio tracked down UFC's Joe Silva and found out that the UFC had never even made an offer to Mousasi's management and if they had it wouldn't have been a $40k/$40k contract.

While Mousasi has seemingly moved on saying publicly that he now fights for Strikeforce, one has to wonder if these first steps between M-1 and Strikeforce are signs of trouble ahead.

Is signing a young fighter through smoke and mirrors really the best way to take the next step towards becoming more than a regional promotion?

Allowing this to happen sends the wrong message about how deals are done to M-1 and makes Strikeforce guilty by association.

If Coker wants to keep the core values of Strikeforce intact he needs to personally get involved and get to the bottom of this.  If Mousasi was misled by his own management Coker needs to do the right thing.