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There's no denying that the UFC is the face of Mixed Martial Arts. They're the largest, most powerful brand and they have brought great exposure to the sport.
The problem is, right now Zuffa is the only real game in town. Bellator is a nice alternative, but even their most talented guys are getting sifted through by the big boys.
With that comes the harsh reality that UFC is only really competing against itself. When Strikeforce was gaining momentum with its great heavyweight division and top-10 fighters in Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson and Gilbert Melendez to name a few, UFC bought them out, eliminating the competition
It seems to be great that all of the best fighters are finally settling in under one big Zuffa umbrella. However, one can't help but wonder if they will become complacent with their place in the MMA world and lose motivation to push the sport to the highest levels.
It's hard to compete against yourself and look towards being even better when your best competition is inferior at best. With that being said, let's hope that UFC is more like the NFL than WWE in terms of how it handles being the only true game in town.
Because, if not, viewership will begin to decline.