UFC is a tough act to beat as they clearly are the best promotion right now and have control of the market. I never was one that thought they could be beaten, but lately I am changing my mind. Its not to say its easy, but its doable.
-Dana White is UFCs biggest enemy to success. You are dealing with a smart and shrewd businessman who lets his emotions get in the way of business. His inablity to close deals with a network and HBO shows his weakness in this area. While network deals are not a "grandslam' More people are going to watch Elite XC on CBS or Strikeforce on NBC than any PPV UFC event, its network TV. It gives them a leg up
-Consolidate and co-promote. This is happening to a degree now. With money like Cuban is going to throw in as well as HD and other investors/players its possible. If you get a group of guys with money, a common goal(unseat UFC) and expereince/contacts(Monte Cox) the possibilities are endless.
-IFL: its too bad IFL started early and is losing money. The guys running it could have helped play into paragraph #2 above. Maybe they still could.
Don't get me wrong, unseating UFC isnt easy, but its doable.
I used to really like UFc and still do. I just find the watered down shows and excessive coverage a bit much. Dana Whites mouth isnt helping things either.