Strikeforce has roughly 120 fighters on their roster at any given time. In 2010 they put on 15 events. This year they are on a pace to put on closer to 25 events. Each event features 4 or 5 fights. The math is pretty brutal and means most of their fighters will not get to fight 2 to 3 times a year.
Brazilian lightweight Gesias Cavalcante is frustrated with that pace and spoke to Tatame.com about it, he also shared his thoughts about the acquisition of Strikeforce by the UFC's parent company, Zuffa LLC:
Tatame: And how are things with Strikeforce now?
Cavalcante: Not good at all. They've been promising me a fight since December and every month they say the same thing: that I'll be on their next card, next month... Meanwhile they've offered me two bouts with five days in advance and I asked them sometime to think about it. They called me in the morning and I asked them to give an answer in the evening. Then, when I called them, they have found someone already, and they didn't tell me anything, they didn't call me... I hope that with Strikeforce's purchase, its organization will improve, and also its structure.
Tatame: How Strikeforce's purchase by UFC changes things?
Cavalcante: It's never good when there's a monopoly, it's complicated. For now, it's good because it's two different events, with individual contracts. If you have a contract with UFC, you have nothing to do with Strikeforce. It'll be good for the sport, because in the end of the day, you can have super fights, with people from both events, and you can reach different markets, but I'm waiting for other events too. The world is too big, and I hope that other countries grow and that new shows come up.
In the interview JZ mentions that he still hasn't been paid for his fight against Katsunori Kikuno at Dream 15 in July of last year.
Hopefully the Zuffa buy out of Strikeforce will mean fighters like Cavalcante will get more opportunities to fight.