Posted by Wolfenstein
I like to see up and comers in smaller organizations so they can continue to grow as a fighter and when they're ready they end up at the big show (UFC).
Competition is good. We get to see better shows and more of them. On that note though, when a fighter reaches a certain level you want to see him fight the best. Look at a guy like Jake Shields (an elite WW) fighting Paul Semtex ( a sub 20 WW). Such is the case for top guys that fight outside the UFC. They'll fight a few top guys but in between fighting top guys they have to settle for subpar matchups.
I like the idea of other organizations, especially in Japan but the talent pool isn't really big enough to have many organizations with a roster full of top talent, hence when a guy is in the top ten rankings people want to see them in the UFC.
Which is why we need cultivation in order to build up separate talent pools. I mean most of PRIDE's talent, and now DREAM's talent was/is primarily self made. DREAM's fighters aren't UFC rejects, or well known vets from defunct organizations save for a few of them. The two Grand Prix winners are both very legitimate champions who provide much needed competition to the champion hierarchy of the UFC. And if WVR ends of merging with DREAM, combined with their relationship with K-1, that will create an even wider talent pool to challenge the UFC.
Soon, if not already, Jake Shields will have more than enough opportunity to engage in quality combat.
We shouldn't have to rely on the UFC to bring us the best fighters, we need diversity!