Consequences of a death in the UFC
There is no question that it has to happen sooner or later. I don't think it is something the UFC can easily recover from and might threaten the sport in certain places.
People may argue that boxing has deaths all the time yet it has thrived for years, however MMA isn't as established as boxing it also doesn't have the traditional history that boxing has. For this reason it has less people in high places to protect and to speak well of the sport.
Dana's common argument is that there has never been a death or serious injury in the UFC for so many years, so when a death does occur there will be lots of pressure on the UFC from the usual sources. IMO this gives people a lot of ammunition against MMA as a whole.
Maybe I am being a little over dramatic, but would the UFC recover from a death? (especially a high profile fighter)
Would they have to add further to the rulebook to stop being banned again?