I’ve read through the whole article (which I wasn’t expecting as someone who has no interest in fighting at all), the potted history is great, and well focused on your first point of criticism (the idea that UFC sprung fully formed and perfected into the world as opposed to being built on a long history of others).
The rest of the piece reads well and seems balanced in its criticism.
I totally recognize this comment in myself
This will happen to everything that you love. Nothing you like will remain untouched, and it will get further and further monetized into meaninglessness
But as you say, its meaningless to just throw it out. If you think its true then it should be the crux of the discussion, about how you maintain meaning and a sense of authenticity when everything has a price, and if it is even possible to maintain that meaning through high levels of exposure to something (an issue I find increasingly prevalent in my consumption of games). Its a very naive thing to say on its own, without some critical engagement with the fact that everything is a product.
On a more practical note, is there any way to force a maximum line length on tumblr? The were … quite long on my laptop by default