I think I am having a conversation with Lee and Jon about dumping waza and focusing on IP in order to get more MMA guys interested in going to your dojo to win more prize fights. What parts of this am I hallucinating?
Well, you were talking about "dumping the heart of the art", are you saying that those specific waza are the "heart of the art"?
I don't think that either of them (they'll have to answer for themselves) have said anything about trying to get more MMA guys into the dojo to win prize fights, they were talking about applicability, mostly. Of course, a number of people started training with Ueshiba in order to turn themselves into better fighters, so I don't know what would be wrong with that anyway.
FWIW, Sokaku Takeda, Morihei Ueshiba, and most of Ueshiba's students participated in the "MMA" of their times, so I'm really not sure what the problem is.