Like it or don't, but it might not be long before the UFC becomes as synonymous with MMA as the NFL is with football. Not in the Kleenex sense, in which one brand is confused with the many generics, but in a one-ring-to-rule-them-all scenario, Frodo-style. It's not that the UFC will be the predominant banner. (It already is.) It's that it will be the only one.
Through its first three "seasons," Bellator was mired in a bust of a TV deal with Fox Sports Net that made it difficult to establish any scheduling continuity with viewers. Strikeforce currently has a reportedly antagonistic "relationship" with CBS that was barely consummated with one show this past April. Japan's events are scrambling for survival. The UFC helped things along by absorbing the WEC, the second most successful MMA label in the industry. If you had been asked to invest in any of these ventures, how long before you would find a window through which to exit?