I agree, watching the old fights on the web, is a BIG reason I got more into UFC/MMA. The fights on free cable tv, and public tv, leave a lot to be desired after watching them 6 times in one year...(however, i keep watching, cuz I love the sport that much). Old fights are the same as re runs...they are valuable to the owner financially, but for the average viewer, seeing it once is ebough. There is no reason to copyright protect reruns, because usually the people watching the reruns, are seeing it for the first time(and is not a rerun to them) These web fights are essential to growth.
About ppv's. I agree, they should not be free. I think they should be 10$. They are not though, and without watching PPV's, watching chan. 11 reruns over and over, and the removal of old fights from the web...even I could loose interest in the sport. They need to stimulate more interst in the sport. The solution is always to compromise. Continue taking videos off EVERYWHERE ON THE WEB...and put them on UFC site for free. You can than further the situation by only putting low priority fights on ufc site, and sell the good ones.