I am just trying to figure out right now how Fabricio Werdum and supposedly Jon Fitch now are not with the UFC but guys like Jorge Gurgel has a job. They want to call themselves the best organization in the world but are cutting there best fighters and not there bad fighters. I don't get it.
With the purchase of Pride and the recent problem with Affliction and EliteXC I feel/think that the UFC is getting a little too comfortable in their monopoly of the sport. The unfortunate reality is that if they don't need to have the best fighters to appease most of the people who watch Spike or buy PPVs. Their marketing is high quality and they can effectively promote practically any MMA fighter, regardless of their true talent.
Consider the hype of a fight between Randy and Fedor. Look at Randy's record compared to Fedor's record. Why would this be a bigger event than Fedor's fights against Cro Cop, Nogueira, Hunt, or most of his other Pride competition? The truth is, it isn't. Only UFC marketing would make that matchup a 'Super Fight'. I like Randy, but he honestly doesn't live up to his marketing. He knows the business aspect better than most of the fighters and it shows. The UFC can consider themselves the best organization, but it depends on how you define success.
Affliction made their promotion about the fighters, I loved seeing those fighters get some insane salaries. That wasn't a good business practice and it showed. EliteXC focused too heavily on Kimbo and that dependency drove unethical business decisions and contributed to their failure. I stand undecided on my view of the UFC's business practices and as to whether or not they are a necessary evil at this point in MMA's longevity.
Now the stuff with Fitch is total garbage, but that is a topic for a different thread.