Holm is a product of a changing era.From a financial standpoint I can understand the UFC is doing bad: a lot of the old-school stars are decline or retired. The Anderson Silva's, Forrest Griffin's and Rich Franklin's are not the defining the landscape anymore. Even guys as Shogun, Rampage and Overeem Lesnar are gone. They had unbelievable name power and brought a devoted fanbase. Some because they were legit technicians, some because they were more than happy to put every ounce of hearth in, more concerned with finishing than staying keeping their face in allignment.
The new generation is (or what I see as new not nearly as accomplished. Mcgregor (well, he got a fanbase going), Weidman, Dillashaw and Miocic are pretty fresh and lack the unwaivering fanbase, that bring the dollars. Hell, even Lawler lacks recognition despite being in here for ages!
From a technical standpoint, I am freakin' stoked!
Silva was just waiting to be figured out by a patient man, Griffin and Franklin would probably not do nearly as good in todays game. Shogun was hearted an relentless, just as Rampage, but not skilled beyond most journeyman today. Lesnar...well, I don't want to meet him in a dark alley for sure, but he wasn't the pinnacle of grit and style...
The young dogs are wizards! Dillashaw has been stepping up his game faster than I can understand, and feels like a brilliant mobile wrestle-dutch kickboxer. Mcgregor can be a demonic leprechaun, but in the cage, he is worth a textbook in style. How he is in constant change. The whole package makes me feel as if I had the privilege of being in the Ali-age.
Miocic is getting sharper by the day. When Professor Layton takes of his top hat, his name is Weidman. Don't get me even started on Ruthless.
Holm beating Ronda is just another example of showing this game is more than attitude. The first (preacher's) daughter of the next generation.
Too bad fans are not catching up that fast. Luckily there is a bunch of gifted analysts comming up. Maybe MMA can turn into a sport where fans embrace the technical aspects far more than how intense some guys look at eachother at a dehydratation contest.