I also question whether UFC events are actually helping the economy of Abu Dhabi, but that's just me.
Feel free to disagree with me. I don't hate dana, and I acknowledge that he had a role in bringing the UFC to the forefront of MMA. But most casual fans don't even realize that he was against TUF when it was pitched, or have a clue what the barriers MMA faces before it actually gets mainstream approval. Most casual fans are going to read something like "MMA is almost as big as soccer, and soccer is boring anyway" and not realize how incredibly stupid and inaccurate that is.