That's the best thing about UFC though, boxing is a shitfight and you rarely see the best of the best compete - but they all get paid.
I can't agree with this. The Best V Best happens when the money is right. And so it should be. F Mayweather copped plenty of flack for agreeing to fight M Pacquiao in 2015 rather than in 2010. If he had agreed to fight five years ago he would have made around $100m. Holding out made him an extra $200m+. Manny did better also. We can postulate about being past primes and that but when an athlete is at that level, they do it for the money and are entitled to every cent they can get. The UFC athletes work as hard as the pro boxers but are disadvantaged due to not being in control of the one thing that is worth something. Rousey and Holm should have made $10's of millions each given the interest in this match. And that's a big problem with UFC. A decent puncher will emerge from the ranks of UFC and will end up switching to boxing because he/she can control their own destiny and ultimately get a fair slice of the dollars being generated.
Pardon french, but I couldn't give less of a crap about the money. "Only" $100M? My heart bleeds.
When you've got the two best guys/girls in the world, who've been the best in the world for approaching a decade, who won't fight each other? That's shit.
Only sport in the world where you can choose not to compete against someone else.
And a major reason why boxing is now a side column on the 4th-from-back-page sport, rather than a back page feature sport.
And surely that's having an impact on how many athletes end up going that route, rather than a competing sport or code.