Now that the UFC and Strikeforce are essentially sisters in the world of fight promotions, all of the fighters fighting under Strikeforce are now fighting under Zuffa as well.
Despite the fact that Dana has said things will remain business as usual for Strikeforce, some fighters are bound to be uneasy with the news, while others are probably on cloud nine.
For many fighters fighting under the Strikeforce banner and trying to make a name for themselves, being part of Zuffa is probably music to their ears.
Not only do the fighters of Strikeforce have a much clearer avenue towards the UFC, but fighters will get the promotion and visibility that only a promotion giant like the UFC can provide.
Things maybe remaining business as usual for Strikeforce, but Dana White hinted to Helwani the idea of advertising Strikeforce events during UFC broadcasts.
Not only is there a clearer avenue for Strikeforce fighters to move to the UFC, but the contrary is true as well. Fighters who maybe struggled in the UFC might have a better chance at joining up with Strikeforce than in the past.
On the flip side, there are a host of fighters fighting under the Strikeforce banner that have had a strained relationship with the UFC and particularly Dana White.
White didn't deny the fact that he has his enemies over at Strikeforce and that's why he made it clear that it doesn't always have to be him that deals with them, since Scott Coker is still the main guy and the Fertittas can do business with the guys over there as well.
Fighters like Josh Barnett, Paul Daley, Nick Diaz and Fedor Emelianenko are a few of the names that come to mind when thinking about the losers in the Strikeforce buy out.
Paul Daley seems to be so uneasy with the deal that he might not even be fighting for the Strikeforce welterweight title against Nick Diaz on April 9. The cocky Brit posted the following on his Facebook page shortly after the news broke about the acquisition.
"Business as usual, what if i don't wanna fight for DANA WHITE/ZUFFA?...Dana white bans me for life from the UFC, Then buys STRIKEFORCE, and thinks I'm still gonna be EASY and fight on one of the most anticipated fights of the year (vs Diaz)? Which will no doubt make ZUFFA/Dana White money. Daley vs. Diaz still on?...Someone better holla at my manager real quick."
Combine a situation like Daley's and the disagreements M1 Global (Fedor Emelianenko's management group) have had with the UFC and one has to see that Zuffa's purchase maybe isn't all roses for everyone.
In any case, more fighters benefit from the Strikeforce acquisition than are hurt, but there are definitely guys on both sides of the fence.