I think you guys are naive if you think White and the UFC do not do the same kindof thing. Guys get cut if they are boring, guys get huge bonuses if they get knockouts, guys dont get title shots or get put on undercards if they are not exciting. Guys are going out of their way to mention that they are willing to stand and want to knock the guy out even if they are not even known as strikers. There is no doubt in my mind Joe Silva and White tell the managers and the fighters if they want big pay days, main card fights, and title fights they better be exciting and that typically means stand up fights.
I know Machida and Okami were both told they need to be more exciting and push the action more.