I was reading an article the other day and it was talking about offering more incentives for finishing fights. Since most contracts are based on show, and then a win bonus on top of that along with other bonuses. What was suggested to change the win bonus to be based on a finish and base it off what round, for example:
Round 1 finish = 100% bonus
Round 2 finish = 75%
Round 3 finish = 50%
Decision win = 25%
The point made was that the undercard and fighters making the least amount of money are the ones that are going for it all because they know that winning a FOTN, KO, or Sub bonus would be huge! This idea would hopefully prevent top fighters from doing just enough to win.
I agree that there are fights that are going to go to a decision even when both fighters are giving it their best, the level of competition is not that skewed when you get to the top, in most cases.
I'll try to find the article and post it.