When Zuffa purchased Strikeforce the biggest draws under the Strikeforce banner were Jason Miller, Nick Diaz, Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, Fedor Emelianenko, Gilbert Melendez, King Mo Lawal, Cung Le, and Gegard Mousasi. That does not mean that those are the best fighters in the promotion, but they are the biggest draws…or were. As we speak, Jason Miller and Nick Diaz have moved to the UFC. Dan Henderson’s contract is expired and Fedor is likely done with the promotion.
I believe Strikeforce still has good fighters. I think Antonio Silva, Daniel Cormier, Jacare, and of course Gilbert Melendez are all world class. I think that they have great prospects in the promotion. However, without stars the promotion can’t surivive.
I find it odd that out of the biggest stars in Strikeforce very few remain. I wonder if that is not more writing on the wall as to Strikeforce’s future.