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Old 06-19-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Dana White: Dissolving of PRIDE Fighting Championships a “Possibility”

No shit....I personally knew pride was DEAD asa dana & the fertitas were in charge...
They never gave a **** about the future of pride fc.
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Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, owners of Zuffa LLC (the UFC’s parent company), finalized their purchase of PRIDE Fighting Championships last month, and UFC president Dana White hasn’t ruled out the possibility that the UFC will simply take PRIDE’s best talent and then disband the Japanese-based organization.

White talked about the possibility with the Houston Chronicle‘s Steve Sievert.

Since the sale was first announced in March, PRIDE shows have been canceled, its future has been uncertain, and most notably, some of the organization’s top talent has been signed by or are rumored to be signing with the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting (which is also owned by Zuffa). Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is the latest PRIDE fighter expected to compete in the UFC, and PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson will fight UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson at UFC 75 to unify the two organizations’ 205-pound belts.

Sievert asked White about the possibility of moving PRIDE fighters to the UFC permanently and ceasing operations under the PRIDE name. White didn’t rule it out.

From Sievert’s Brawl Sports blog:

“It’s a possibility. There’s a lot of different things we could do right now. That is definitely one of the possibilities.“

PRIDE was purchased with a rumored price tag of $75 million. Upon the initial announcement, White and other UFC officials discussed the possibility of unified rules between the two organizations, holding cross-promotion “SuperBowl-like” MMA events, and creating a new management team that would run PRIDE as a separate entity.

Despite all the grand plans, little has been accomplished thus far — other than PRIDE fighters heading to the UFC.

For UFC fans, it simply means an influx of talent and potential answers to who are the world’s best fighters in each weight class.

However, for PRIDE fans, it could mean the end of a 10-year era.

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Old 06-19-2007, 01:30 PM   #2
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****ing cunts......

.........still, they may get off with it for a year or so, but then the japanese fans will become restless, and in under no circumstances will accept ufc as there main mma organisation. What this leads to is a repurchase of the pride name, or formation of a pride part 2 if you will. Also, haaving so many fighters in the ufc will eventually backfire guaranteed, and their will be havoc!

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I personally don't think they will dissolve it though, the name is worth to much outside of America for them to do this..




(man, could you imagine no pride events, there the most spectacular and well thought out/organised events you get, instead of plain all american ufc!!!!!!!!!)
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:49 PM   #3
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well at least we get the fights we want. instead of talking about who is the best we get to see who is.It's better than becoming like boxing and having dozens of belts and champs who never fight other champs. UFC is monopolizing the sport and it's actually the best thing for the fans.although having pride around wouldn't hurt because there is so many fighters that need to be active to make an impact.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:04 PM   #4
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Monopolising is never good for anything.PRIDE was by far the better org with the better fighters.Dissolving it is the worse thing the UFC could have done. They will simply rape it for all its talent and the best fighters int he world will never get to compete on a world stage purely because Dana destroyed PRIDES tradition and heritage.This isnt surprising but its bad bad news.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:35 PM   #5
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If they destroy it, there are two options: Either the UFC manages to penetrate the Japanese market (which does not appear to have been successful thus far; rather the opposite), or another Japanese organization rises from the rubble to cater to that fanbase, and the "titles" get split again. K-1 Heroes may manage the trick, as could Shooto or Pancrase.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:27 PM   #6
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Monopolising is never good for anything.PRIDE was by far the better org with the better fighters.Dissolving it is the worse thing the UFC could have done. They will simply rape it for all its talent and the best fighters int he world will never get to compete on a world stage purely because Dana destroyed PRIDES tradition and heritage.This isnt surprising but its bad bad news.
Sports like this are definatly better monopolised, Boxing is a perfect example what happens when you don't. with shogun and Vanderleigh comming over and probobly Fedor there will be more great matchups.It sounds like your more interested in the show itself rather then the fighting, although I think the UFC should adapt a few Pride rules.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:54 PM   #7
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im a little dissapointed, i have a feeling this might happen, my biggest problem is there are going to be a lot of talented free agents, good thing about htat is a lot of independant shows like icon, strikeforce, cage the rage etc., are gonna have good fighters headlining their cards, but the shitty thing is as far as the ufc goes, there are only so many fighters you can showcase if you are only holding one event a month, theyre gonna have to put on like one show a week and that could quite possibly saturate teh mma market and make it to the point where people can get burned out (fans)
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
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true enough that's why they should still have shows to keep guys active, there is too much talent just for the UFC to hold. The UFC should consider doing a show in Japan. That's a huge market that is ready for more fights, i'm sure Dana will do something with it.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:36 PM   #9
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Sports like this are definatly better monopolised, Boxing is a perfect example what happens when you don't. with shogun and Vanderleigh comming over and probobly Fedor there will be more great matchups.It sounds like your more interested in the show itself rather then the fighting, although I think the UFC should adapt a few Pride rules.
The UFC should get rid of the Octagon have a ring instead, move there shows exclusively to Japan with mostly Japanese refs, allow knees on the ground, soccer kicks and stomps, ban any redneck between 19-40, and rename there Org to PRIDE. That ought to do the trick..
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:39 PM   #10
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At this point, it doesn't really matter. There are so many organizations out there. Does it really make a difference whether or not they kept Pride and UFC seperate, when we all know that they are owned by the same people anyways? We may as well get to see all of the best fights at all times.

With Showtime throwing their hat in the ring, the IBF, ect... there are plenty of other organizations to keep the UFC in check. The UFC is always going to be the powerhouse, because the fans are already sold on it. Whenever HBO gets into the mix, we are going to see a lot of changes. UFC had better get on that boat ride with HBO, or HBO is going to end up swallowing them with their deep pockets and willingness to give the huge contracts.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:47 PM   #11
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I agree with scurla.
MMA should be fought in a ring,the restarts are annoying at times, but the ring makes the fighters fight more and brings them together for more action.
Also it adds a touch of class.The cage is seedy and gives the entire production a backyard brawl feel to it.
To truly legitimize the sport it needs to have a ring.

It will never happen though as the cage is established.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:56 PM   #12
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I agree with scurla.
MMA should be fought in a ring,the restarts are annoying at times, but the ring makes the fighters fight more and brings them together for more action.
Also it adds a touch of class.The cage is seedy and gives the entire production a backyard brawl feel to it.
To truly legitimize the sport it needs to have a ring.

It will never happen though as the cage is established.
How on earth can something that inherently stops action bring about more action? If I never see a bunch of people slapping and fighters hands or hear the words "stop, don't move" again, the MMA world will be a better place. There is no advantage to using a ring, all it does is endanger the fighters and interrupt the action.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:59 PM   #13
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The UFC should get rid of the Octagon have a ring instead, move there shows exclusively to Japan with mostly Japanese refs, allow knees on the ground, soccer kicks and stomps, ban any redneck between 19-40, and rename there Org to PRIDE. That ought to do the trick..
Haha im in total agreement, then it would be proper
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At this point, it doesn't really matter. There are so many organizations out there. Does it really make a difference whether or not they kept Pride and UFC seperate, when we all know that they are owned by the same people anyways? We may as well get to see all of the best fights at all times.
You obviously dont know anything about the history and tradition of pride, and the legions(if not more than ufc) of loyal fans around the world, with such a stupid statement!
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. There is no advantage to using a ring, all it does is endanger the fighters and interrupt the action.
Thats your opinion, leave it out.
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