It seems to me the tide may be beginning to turn. Dana's enemies and outcasts now have a platform to revolt against the UFC, BFC. Weather you think of it as such or not, Bellator is on the move. They are making waves which could, in effect, rival the UFC. They have a television partnership with Viacom, a new reality series in Fightmaster, high profile fighters, coaches and ambassadors and the tournament format. All good things.
In years gone by if you were not in Dana's good graces you were gone. Banished from the kingdom. I do not feel Dana can be as reckless now. All Bellator needs is a few big name fighters from the UFC and they become a power player in the MMA landscape instead of the clear-cut #2 promotion they currently are now.
Another interesting point to note is that with coaches Randy Couture and Greg Jackson now on the Bellator team, BFC will have access and (possibly) first hand access to the new and future stars coming from these gyms/camps.
So what i'm saying is that at the moment the UFC have the MMA PPV market virtually cornered it may not be all one way traffic in the coming years.
It may only take a few more public insults (like the Jon Jones saga) before the fighters begin to leave and with Viacom now showing in the Eddie Alvarez situation they are willing to pay for the best fighters it may only be a matter of time before they have ex-UFC headliners on their own Bellator pay per views.
Think about it: Askren, Chandler, Schlemenko, King Mo, Rampage, Alvarez etc. That is definately a PPV I would pay for.