This, at least from the standpoint of broadcast rights. Being in Canada, it used to be you could watch anything except the PPVs on the main feeds (basic cable) of the channels that carried MMA/UFC. Slowly, as the UFC gained market share, those rights contracts (a better deal for the fans) ended up seeing those fights that used to be free get bumped to upper tier channels that required added payment. No thanks . . . Then, as noted, the UFC switched from a "ladder system" of fighter progression, to whatever the heck you want to call what they are doing now. It used to be that a given PPV would show you a title fight in (say) the Middleweight Division as the Main Event, but lower on the main card would be an obvious title eliminator fight in that same Division. So you could see where fighters were on the ladder, in terms of the old "one win away from a title shot" fights. It made it easier to latch onto particular fighters in the early stages of their careers, and track their progress, setbacks, etc. It drove interest. These days, you have idiots like Covington parading around with his belt (purchase yours at UFC.com) acting like he actually represents some sort of accomplishment in the sport. So yeah . . . I have about as much interest in the sport these days as I do with pro wrestling. Pro wrestling is at least more honest about their crap. And I cannot blame GSP for retiring. There isn't anyone fighting today who could hold his jock-strap, except maybe Khabib.