The one thing I'd like to see in both Pride and UFC is a more active role by the refs, only to help inhance the quality of fights.
Ufc would be better served by adopting the "yellow/red cards", punish the fighters who are utilizing the "win by not losing" stratagy. Silvia was using this tactic to a tee in his fight with AA, and bored many fans to tears.
The ref in the Crocop/Yoshida fight should have stopped it after the second knee crushing kick, knowing Mirko usually won't go to the ground to finish it. The third kick might have ended Yoshidas career.
And the thing that bothers me the most is when the fight goes to the ground and nothing happens. The refs should stand it up sooner. For the most part it just tires out both fighters and slows the action down. When there is a fight between a dominate gound VS stand up fighters, it is inevitable that it goes down giving a BJJ artist the advantage, but if he isn't using it-stand 'em up. There is far more action u than down, not to say a good G&P isn't great to watch. Watching Fedor dismantle Nogs ground defence is a thing of beauty but the trend is leaning towards nothing happening as the stand up guys get better at defending.
Maybe adding a monatary bonus for the fight NOT to go to the judges would help....maybe?