There is no solution because there is no problem. An athlete in a genuine sport has only one job, to win within the rules. The method is utterly irrelevant. If you don't understand that, you don't understand sports.
If the method isn't entertaining and people don't want to watch that has NOTHING to do with the athlete, it is up to the organizers to change the rules to make it entertaining (and rules get changed all the time in major sports).
Agreed. Dana and company just have to decide how much of Zuffa/UFC should be based upon the ENTERTAINMENT factor, and how much should run like a valid sport. They've aligned themselves with sanctioning bodies in order to get some semblance of respect and validity, so don't go futz it all up by being displeased with with one of your employees because he's being ultimately successfull within the rules that you've defined and bound him to.
Personally I'd love to see Zuffa/UFC define a new class of fights... Open Class... no rounds, no weight classes, no referee restarts, etc. Not that I want to see eye gouging, head butts to the face, and groin shots, etc, that's not what I'm saying... but an arena where, if you think you're good enough to take on the best in the world, regardless of weight/size....just bring it.
How about Anderson Silva vs Cain Velasquez? how about JDS versus Machida? How about Jon Jones versus Brock Lesnar?
And not to at all disrespect my boys in the lower weight classes...how about Jose Aldo versus GSP? How about Miguel Torres versus Uriah Faber?
Notice that I'm not proposing silly match-ups like Dominic Cruz versus Lesnar or such as that... but simply nice stylistic match-ups against other quality opponents...come in at whatever weight you want to ... but you can bet that cardio would play a pivotal role in many of these fights.
meh... just rumminating I guess.