Re: Eddie Alvarez: "They're Only Important Names Because They Fight In The UFC"
They're are similarities but there is also a crucial difference - pro-wrestling is entertainment when the creativity of the promoter is in many ways the most important aspect of the show. One man controlling all of pro-wrestling is as much a drag as one studio controlling all of movie production - the lack of competition allows the producers to become complacent and write according to their own preferences instead of what different groups of fans want.
MMA is a sport and there's no evidence that there being a monopoly is a bad thing. Indeed the evidence is that rival leagues claiming to be the same thing is actually a bad thing in the longterm because it ups resource and turns the focus of everybody inward. But leaving that to one side the fact that its a sport does mean that Dana White does not have the freedom Vince McMahon has to control the product he has. Whereas McMahon can reject the best pro-wrestlers in the world because their small and don't speak English, White has to put challengers into title matches that are uncharismatic because they've won enough matches to deserve their chance. And because the UFC's brand (and Dana White's ego) relies on being seen as the elite level of the sport they need to sign fighters that look good outside its confines. Its like you said in the 80s and 90s there were pro-wrestling magazines ranking the different wrestlers across the organsiations. Today MSM sports publications are doing the same and it bugs the hell out of White when they reference non-UFC fighters with his reaction being to do his best to sign them up.