I'm not really wrong. You listed a bunch of fighters who were not carrying SF when EliteXC was purchased by them or even in the organization at all at that time. Some were still in the UFC even and others just beginning their career. Many of those people came on later in the SF lifespan and several of those you listed had fought for EliteXC. When EliteXC stopped putting on fights, SF was the sole benificiary of getting to promote these name and prospect fighters who would be long time staples of SF run:
Nick Diaz, Gina Carano, Christine Santos, Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, Brett Rogers, Scott Smith, JZ Cavalcante, Rafeal Cavalcante, Antonio Silva, and KJ Noons among others. They got like 8 WMMA fighters out of the deal.
Guys like Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melndez, Frank Shamrock, Clay Guida, Cung Le, Bobby Southworth, and Paul Buenatello were the SF staples in 2007/08 (I was there often), not a lot of the people you named. A lot of Californian/Bay Area guys and other fighters I had been watching in Lemoore, Porterville and Colusa for years and then in later in SJ when SF got the green light. When SF was able to purchase those other names I listed and the women's 145 pound division from exiting EliteXC, they turned the corner significantly.
SF flat out bought all of the ELiteXC's best assets. Those were the SF names and staples going for a while outside of the Bay Area commodities they used their first year.
JZ Calvalcante never fought for EliteXC.
We listed an entirely different group of fighters. The point I was making is that they may have signed EliteXCs best fighters but that is not what carried the company. Those fighters were just an addition to their roster as well as the fighters that they signed afterwards.
A lot of which were not locked into exclusive contracts thus allowing them to put on compelling fights without binding either Strikeforce or the fighters to be obligated to eachother outside of that specific fight. That was one of Cokers signature tactics and it worked beautifully for exposure and hardcore fans.
I followed EliteXC, SHOXC and Strikeforce heavily in their days as well.
We may just have to agree to disagree on this one.