Dream Stage Entertainment may no longer own Pride but they still have fighters under contract. One of those fighters is heavyweight Josh Barnett. According to a recent report, Barnett is quoted as saying that he’s contracted to DSE until October. In the meantime, he’s scheduled to do some pro wrestling in Japan.
You can read Barnett’s quote here:
I assume that because Barnett is under contract to DSE that he can’t sign with any other promotions. You would think though that Zuffa has some kind of exclusive negotiation rights where they are allowed to sign fighters contracted to DSE.