Originally Posted by Turk February
This uproar about Dana ruining the UFC and being a bad businessman if they let Gil leave the UFC amazes me. How valuable do people really think Gil is? Hes two months away from turning 32, hes 1-1 in the UFC, hes not a draw, and on top of that hes expensive. Do people really think losing Gil will some how lead to doom for the UFC? In the past the UFC has lost much bigger stars like BJ, Rich Franklin, Vitor, Dan Henderson, ect to rival organizations and came out of it fine. We have also seen organizations over spend for talent and go bankrupt like Affliction, Strikeforce, Bodog, WFA, IFL, EliteXC, and others. The UFC has a proven business model that has worked for them and sherdoggers seem to think they should just disregard it and do what made everyone else fail.
The UFC has succeed because of stars. Yes the brand keeps buys for those middling cards, but the big money has always come from stars. Not to mention, the UFC has proven they can really make a guy a star.
The UFC refuses to do that with LW's though. They expect it to happen on its own, when they have proven it rarely does.
Gil is a charismatic guy and could have been made into a draw. He's not aloof/awkward like Benson, or Diaz, or foreign (which the UFC has proven they do little to champion foreign fighters.
On an individual basis it may not be bad for the UFC to let one guy go. But if they start losing top 5 guys to Bellator it will be bad, and honestly the tourney structure with the payout at the end is looking more and more appealing to both top guys and prospects alike. Because it's guaranteed fights, with a chance for a nice chunk of change at the end, something the UFC does not offer.