What’s worse than these changes, an obvious casualty of the “corporatization” of the UFC, is that in the same year, the UFC has allowed the unique situation of one megastar — Conor — to influence it’s decision-making regarding fight match-making, and abandoning the “best have to fight the best” rankings-based model way too much… that I believe has bitten them in the butt hard with us — their hardcore fanbase.
What’s worse than these changes, an obvious casualty of the “corporatization” of the UFC, is that…
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Are big money fights damaging the UFC’s hardcore fan base?

Reader David Abbou with an interesting perspective

Truthfully, they’ve never really adhered to that model. They’ve always been eager to overlook deserving contenders in favor of bigger money fights. Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture is one example. Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock. They wanted to make Ronda Rousey vs. Gina Carano.

I don’t have any issues with them going after big money fights — it is prizefighting, after all. But all of the other issues, though they may seem small individually, add up to a greater whole that is damaging in the long term.

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