One of the main reasons we changed Fightlinker from a links and video site to a general blog was because the UFC got really really good at having every single UFC fight taken off Youtube and DailyMotion. Considering Dana’s such a fucking control freak, it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the one cruising the site every day flagging shit himself.
Anyways, the internet is about to get a lot more boring. Tons of Pride videos are starting to be taken down too, courtesy of “Pride Worldwide Holdings, Inc”. Isn’t it great that they’re spending their time combing the internet for grainy peice of shit videos rather than … oh I don’t know … THROWING A FUCKING EVENT?
I’m not an unreasonable person. I can understand why Zuffa keeps a tight lid on video sharing sites … if a person can watch all the fights from a PPV on Dailymotion the day after the event, that’s not good for business. But here’s what’s happening now: Zuffa is removing one of the most effective avenues for fans to get familiarized with all the new guys they’re bringing into the UFC.
Guys like Crocop, Nog, Herring, Sakurai, Henderson, Rampage … the list goes on and on and on. Without youtube and dailymotion there to show people they’re the real deal, I don’t know how Zuffa expects the average joe to give a flying fuck about any of them.
Smart companies use video sharing sites to their advantage, taking down content that costs them money while leaving up stuff that markets future products. At a time where two former PRIDE guys like Quinton Jackson and Dan Henderson are set to face off on national television, I have no idea what the fuck Zuffa is thinking taking down all the old footage of these guys from the net.