It has to be the headliners fighting FOR the little guys. So far Randy and Tito are the only ones to stand up for themselves even, and nobody has shown thoughts of banding together UFC wide. But on the team level it could happen. Fedor tried to use his power to force the signings of his teammates. Randy is so well respected that he could do it. Especially when his fighting days are over and he does not need anything from the UFC (like he did in this latest conflict). I'd imagine that 5 years from now if Extreme Couture controls a few UFC champs and big names (hendricks adn rosholt?), that Randy wouldn't mind sticking it to Dana and the UFC with a pony up for everyone or the whole stabel walks type of thing. I honestly don't see any other way.
Barret - I wouldn't count on Randy to help out the little fighters (even though he mentioned them when he resigned).
He was in the process of signing the 3rd fight with Chuck when Lindland was cut - they go way back and I have to think Randy could have stopped that if he wanted to.
"I don?t give a f_ck about money, bro. Believe me when I tell you that." Dana White
The UFC is in a position of power being both the owner and the league. In pro team sports their are independent franchises that compete with each other AND a league. So in those sports the teams drive salaries up by competing with each other. Meanwhile the league makes the same money no matter what guys are paid. They just determine how the big profit pie is split up and then the owners spend how ever they see fit.
In the UFC it's like Dana white represents the Red Sox, yankees, and every other team being owned by the commissioner. A great business model but not a model for equity. The truth is its about as close to unadulterated capitalsim as you come in our country. And I think the UFC could make a small gesture like 5K to keep complaints, bad press, government oversight, and a multitude of other problems out. Or they can ride the hot streak until it runs out.