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I didn't say M-1 has the top fighters.I mean, yeah. The UFC is supposedly a joke that doesn't have the top fighters. But M-1 does, when all of their champions are signed to the UFC and the promotion as a whole serves as a talent farm for the them.
And only Volk, who I like, has had success there, and even then he's losing to guys like Lewis and Blaydes in a thin Heavyweight division.
That's not even going into the amount of events the UFC runs. 46 last year, 27 so far this year (in a pandemic). Like yeah, no **** they are the most popular promotion with MMA fans.
I said the UFC doesn't have (all or most of) the top fighters. But it pretends that it does. There are lots of promotional companies around the world that run lots of different MMA competitions and the top fighters come from all of these different organisations.
Dana has managed to convince the world that the premier fighters fight in the UFC. But a) this is simply not true and b) if so why are they not paid anywhere near what the top athletes in other sports are paid? Because it's a facade. There's some good fighters like that 7beeb fellow and the rest are basically journeymen athletes or below journeyman level. The NBA is the premier basketball competition in the world because it has almost all of the best basketball players in the world. The UFC clearly does not have all of the best MMA fighters in the world.