Ok, one more then!
I would have to fall in your global fan category as I couldn't care less who was promoting the fights at all. If Lindland Vs Rampage was on a KOTC, ROTR or WFA it wouldn't make a difference to me.
However I'll put this theory to you.
King of the Cage (or any other "smaller" promotions) signed a deal that had
Rampage Vs Babalu
Henderson Vs Franklin
Fedor Vs Arlovski
Gomi Vs BJ Penn.
They spent a small fortune in getting these fights, they then spend another fortune promoting it.
You see this & think, fuck yeah, I'm going. You book tickets & flights to see this card. The same night the WFA or Strikeforce (I don't wanna seem that I'm picking on the UFC) have Frank Shamrock scheduled to fight Tito Ortiz, but Tito pulls out two weeks to fight night. They then offer Henderson more bux to switch cards. No contract involved so Hendo makes his apologies & switches. Then the same happens & Fedor pulls out to fight in Pride & Penn is now fighting in ROTR, with Babalu fighting at Cage Rage.
The KOTC promotors are looking at their bill & thinking WTF. They then get a few journeymen to fill in the gaps.
You turn up after spending a fortune to get there & instead of watching an awesome card you left with a card of exhibition type mis-matches.
Now the point of this is KOTC did nothing wrong, neither did any of the other promotions that poached their card (they gotta fill seats too), you could say that the fighters shoud have stayed to their word & not switched, but like I said earlier they got mouths to feed so the more money they get for fighting the better.
However you as a mma fan have just been royally screwed. As a one off situation you may forgive KOTC, however it happens the very next card as well. That's it you are pissed off & never go to another KOTC event again cos you know it's gonna fall through.
The result is you the fan have been ripped off & are disillusioned with mma & KOTC folds. Through no-ones fault.
Say what you like about promoters, but they do a damn good job most of the time & without them there would be no mma as we now know it.
Hmmmm...... shit I went on there. Not bad to say that I was done with this topic!!!