Whats in question isnt Jon Fitch. Its isnt even Dana.
Its the framework of the sport.
UFC for good or bad, represents MMA in a huge way.
There is STILL real professional wrestling somewhere. But somewhere down the line, the mainstream orgs went prescripted.
They didnt tell anyone. They just did it.
With UFC credibility has always been king. Any suggestion that the fights were fixed, would lead to the total distruction of the brand, and damage the sport completely. Only a death in the Octagon on Fox would have a similar effect.
UFC to my knowledge does not prescript. What they have done and are continuing to do, is to subtly tilt the playing field.
Sun Tzu famously suggested the winner of any war was the person who understood strategc considerations and enjoyed the advantage in them. Basically if i take on Cain V, Anderson Silva and JDS, only with a machine gun in my hand, then i win.
UFC doesnt give people machine guns, what it does do is tilt the pitch in favour of one guy or another, and they have always done this, following their own interests. ie commercial considerations.
UFC is a business, but MMA is a sport. And they have done this many times subtly until now.
The reason the Fitch cut pissed so many people off isnt as a few posters suggested, that Fitch had a huge sleeping fanbase. lol.
Its because it affects the framework of the sport itself. The UFC arent just outside promoting fights, they are in the Octagon telling people how to fight.
Are we really about establishing the greatest fighter in the world under mma rules? and the best group of fighters beneath them...
Are we about hitting the exact same demography and selling points of WWE, under the pretense of a sport.
100 cuts will answer this question more than any words to be typed here.
For me we are in show fighting territory when you cut a top elite guy for no competitive reason.
For others Honda is fighting tonight, and she is pretty and she has skills and therel be hendo machida too. SO its all good.
Its easy to forget Jon Fitch, but every fight tonight happens under the roof built by the UFC and on the foundations of MMA as sport.
You start **** with the foundations, and you risk everything under that roof.