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Dana White dropped a hell of a bomb on the mixed martial arts world when he said Zuffa had purchased Strikeforce. This means the company now controls both the UFC and Strikeforce.
While Dana said that there were not any plans for crossover fights between the two companies, and the Strikeforce president (Scott Coker) would remain in charge of that promotion, the news is not that good for the mixed martial artists themselves.
With this purchase, Zuffa controls two of the big league MMA promotions. What that means, for fighters, is that Zuffa controls the majority of large contracts in the mixed martial arts world.
Imagine this scenario. Zuffa drops what they are paying fighters. We'll use a baseline figure of a 100,000 dollar UFC contract. Zuffa says to the UFC to drop that contract in half. What is the fighter going to do? He can't go to Strikeforce because they are Zuffa's as well.
Where does he go? Bellator?
I fear the only chances the fighters have are to unionize. I fear some of the darkest times for fighters are yet to come.
What do you think? Should we be concerned for the fighters? Should the fighters be concerned for themselves? Discuss away.