Emma May chronicles a little bit of what goes into putting on the show at the Vancouver Sun:
An intricately designed remote camera hung just overhead of the octagon and slid along 18 vertical and horizontal cords turning its long lens on the fighters to capture the overhead angles, while four hand-held camera men stood on tall stools at four corners of the octagon. Crane-mounted cameras filmed the fighter’s walk-ins and still more digital cameras filmed back stage goings on and scenes from the crowd.
In all, some 200 UFC employees made this internationally seen show work, and scores more worked on it ahead of time to handle administration, marketing, medical checks, transport, construction and the press.
As much fun as it is to second guess Dana White's job as a personnel manager or his savvy as a strategist, its very gratifying to see that there is very little to bitch about with the production of the current UFC programming.
Sure they didn't document the Buffer 360, but otherwise they covered the action comprehensively and unobtrusively. In the old days, the UFC production was strictly ghetto, and even for much of the Zuffa era they were clearly outclassed by PRIDE. But a lot of that had to do with business realities, namely that PRIDE brought in a lot more revenue than the UFC did. Well all of that has changed and its very nice to see that Zuffa really is plowing a nice chunk of their money back into ever-improving production quality.