Originally Posted by BonesKnows
why doesnt he have the right to just choose where he goes and fights? Ive never actually looked into this to get a better understanding, but i was always under the assumption of when your contract is up you could go fight anywhere you want, this appears to not be the case. Rep for anyone who break this down for me and save me the time of searching it on google
Long story short: the contract says that Bellator has the right to match any other offer when the contract is renegotiated. Then I think it becomes a huge mess because the contracts include PPV% and things that don't have direct comparisons between UFC and Bellator.
EDIT: In that sense, it's not unlike the non-compete clauses that extend past employment date you've probably seen as part of sports television for producers.
Originally Posted by Sniggles
Is it really worth paying a non-champion big money to get him out of his contract?
Seems like they want star power for Spike, and probably to avoid the label that they're the minors. But it seems like the tournament format might be enough to get the casual Weds night viewer and be the right approach. It'll be interesting if they can scoop up viewership that way before the UFC is on Fox and FX frequently enough.