It was great to see the UFC start posting free fights to YouTube, around the time of Evans/Jones, in order to build up hype for fights. They offer two or three for each fighter in a main or co-main and give the fans a nice reminder of that fighter's past wins.
(They've even started posting other fights in other languages. Search "pelea gratis" on YouTube and add to your options.)
But would this go on forever? Would the UFC keep posting fights until their whole catalog is out there?
Well, now we have the answer, and it's "no." The UFC has posted a few fights related to UFC 153, which is awesome but expected at this point. What's new is that they've also removed some fights. Look at the Anderson Silva channel - they've added two videos in Silva/Leben and Silva/Franklin I, but they've taken down his fights against Henderson, Okami, and Belfort, which had previously been available.
Okay, they're not "removed," they're "private," which I suppose leaves hope for their future availability. But this does signal a change in policy, and while it may be understandable, it's unexpected and, you know, annoying. Let's hope the variety of new material keeps us occupied instead of disappointed.