I actually did not like Pride, i just miss guys comming into the octagon to give it their all and leave everything in the cage in a great fight, win or lose they knew they put on a great fight, now they come in to win and thats all, yes there is a few that i believe still follow the old philosophy but not many and it shows in the kind of fights we have been getting
As to the person that said we should all stfu because ufc has been giving us fights we want to see every card, this is true they have but when the fight starts all that fades for the people i want to see fight just want to win and not fight.
THIS. Not sure as an MMA fan why you disliked Pride but that's beside the point.
The fun factor in the UFC is undoubtedly shrinking. There are too many ways to win via not fighting, the rules, referees and judges they have to use are completely flawed, the commentary is bland and on Goldy's part horribly inaccurate.
I still watch every event, either live or the next day with Sky record. I still find it exciting and still see great fighters emerging all the time. I definitely get more fun out of the lower ranked fights lately though, guys who don't have a huge name, guys on the prelims. There will always be that fierce tension of a renowned fighter walking to the cage, but too often over the past year are those big fights a bit bland and frankly unimpressive.
Money, fighters, and the combination of the two is not the problem. Fighters must be paid, and like anyone else they try to get as much as they can as easily as they can, which is fine. Just eliminate the easy paths to the dough, like the way fights are scored and refereed, and the fights will change. None of these guys are scared to fight, but lately I see the fear to lose. If you are prepared for a fight, confident in your body, your skills and mental strength, losing is not an option. You think you can't lose. Then if you do lose, you come back even hungrier. I don't see that in certain fighters lately even when they claim to be highly prepared.
I don't want to watch mindless brawling, I don't want to watch full body fencing either. I want to see skilled aggression and defense, I want fighters to see the 15 or 25 minute limit as a challenge, you have this amount of time to impose your talent and stop this human from doing the same. Don't look at it as how long you've got to stall and look busy, then nail cardiovascular exercises for three months.