The UFC fanboys need to wake up.
The UFC is not the only promotion in the world, and any promotion not owned by Zuffa is not "the minor leagues of MMA" or "second rate". Referring to them as such is ill informed and bordering on ignorant.
The idea of a "Minor League" implies a farm system, that a fighter is not good enough, and once they have proved themselves, will move up and fight in a big show.
Yes, regional shows could be considered "Minor League", however the other heavy hitters in the MMA world are anything but.
Strikeforce, M-1, and DREAM are all doing relatively well for themselves, with many fighters as good as or arguably better than the UFC cream of the crop.
DREAM has Shinya Aoki, widely considered the second best lightweight in the world.
Strikeforce has Fedor, the best heavyweight in the world, and Gilbert Melendez, a top 10 lightweight.
All three promotions share Gegard Mousasi, a top 10 in whatever weight class he feels like competing in.
I could keep going, but you get my point.
All three of these promotions post solid numbers at their live events, all have something that set them apart from each other and the UFC, making them unique.
So my question is what makes these promotions second rate?
Other than the opinion of Mr. Dana White.