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Are all of the EliteXC fighters happy to be with Strikeforce?

Steve Cofield
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Most bloggers and mixed martial arts fans rejoiced on Friday as the news came out that EliteXC had been purchased by Strikeforce. The fight cards will air on Showtime or CBS which is a great thing. More fights, especially quality matchups, can only be a good thing for most of us. It appears that 42 EliteXC fighter contracts were transferred over in the deal. Happy, happy, joy, joy but is it all good news for those fighters?

It's an interesting discussion when you start mentioning names like Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler. The guess here is that all four may have made out better as free agents.

Slice was thought to be hearing from Japan with some big money offers. But maybe he's better off stateside. His contract still gives him huge paydays and now he's with a promotion that won't force him to be a headliner.

Carano may be the one who loses out the most because of her straight fight salary. Considering the audience she drew on the CBS show, she made a pittance compared to the men. Is it enough to say that she makes so much with her merchandising and side deals, just getting back in the cage is valuable?

Click below to hear Ariel Helwani discuss the EliteXC imports to Strikeforce (ESPNRadio1100 w/Cofield):

The conversation pointed to Shields as a potential loser in the deal. Some think that the top 10 welterweight was hoping to test himself against likes of Georges St. Pierre, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, etc. in the UFC.

What about Robbie Lawler? Is it true that the UFC made a strong pitch to bring him in as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 9?

Here is the entire segment with the EliteXC/Strikeforce discussion.

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