Good point of view and repped for the effort. Although I do not agree with all of the OP it does bring an interest provocation of thought and discussion.
Its becoming apparent that the UFC's business model is outdated and may work well for the WWE butnot for a competitive sport. The M1 approach seems similar to boxing, a model i would much rather see. That way we would see super fights like silva v liddell(prime) couture v fedor etc etc
I have to disagree with this statement, due in large part to facts. MMA is in the top tier of most popular sports, not only in America but worldwide, due in large part to the efforts of UFC. To say that their business model is outdated and doesn't work for competitive sports is inaccurate. Proof being in their (the UFC's) earnings and continual growth worldwide while other promotions struggle and fail, regardless of the popularity of mma. Also if Liddell was in his prime we would see the Silva/Liddell match, both being on the UFC roster.
Other than Brock who is out for a year? Is there a HW in the UFC that is that much better than someone Fedor would face in SF (other than Nog, who Fedor beat 2x already)? I don't know. SF has AA, Overeem, Werdum and Silva. I guess Velasquez and Dos Santos would be interesting match ups and maybe Carwin...but Brock was the real bait and now he is out for who knows how long.
Although a catchweight fight:
Fedor vs. Machida...would be cool?
Why is it that the SF champ has not fought in SF for nearly 2 years? And I believe that you were referring to Silvia, a former UFC fighter as well as AA, another former UFC fighter and currently a free agent. The competition in the UFC had gotten better in the HW's therefore they were no longer at the top of the food chain, hence their move to Affliction and subsequently SF. Nog, Mir, JDS, Carwin, Velasquez, Kongo, Gonzaga, Cro Cop, Dunfee, as well as some of the guys coming in, I'd say that the UFC is a bit stronger in the HW's. After Werdum I don't really think there is anyone to compare. In addition Barnett is on 'roids (3 + tests since his last fight in the UFC) so he really doesn't count.
This can all be summed up by the "it's a job" sentiment.
It's a job is right. Providing the best for his family with his job outweighs any sentiments of humility and character. The UFC made an offer, his management had another offer which meant more bottom line for income, the UFC didn't bite, SF did. Therefore he signed with SF. Athletes who play their game with the approach of "it's a job" go where they get the most money. All other reasoning's are useless speculation IMO.
Who cares, I think Overeem, Rogers, and Barnett are way bigger threats than Lesnar, Carwin, and JDS/whoever anyway.
Like Fedor couldn't submit or KO lesnar, Couture was outstriking him FFS and Mir made him tap out. Carwin struggled really hard with Gonzaga (who Werdum beat twice) before the flash KO.
Plus now every fight with Fedor is free instead of $99.95+ that it would have been with UFC. Fedor in SF = good for MMA popularity. Fedor in UFC = good for DW's bank account.
See above HW breakdown. As far as bank accounts, Fedor in SF=Dana's Bank Roll with the UFC. That IMO is a push. I also say that Fedor in the UFC is as good if not better for mma popularity due to the fact that the promotion of UFC continues to grow. While I think that SF will be around much longer than than most other promotions who have come and gone, they will always be second fiddle to the level of competition of the UFC. I haven't seen any information to suggest otherwise.