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Old 03-19-2007, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC Purchase PRIDE Fighting Championships for $65 Million

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Report: Fertitta Brothers Purchase PRIDE Fighting Championships for $65 Million

Slow down. Take a deep breath. And promise me you won’t go overboard or take this as gospel.

I’m serious now.

Remember: doubters shouldn’t direct their anger and criticism toward us. We’re just delivering the message.

According to today’s episode of The Savage Dog Show/BeatDown, UFC majority owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta have purchased the Japenese-based PRIDE Fighting Championships for a startling-low price of $65 million.

The show is relying an anonymous source that is said to be “very reliable,” and an official announcement is expected to come on Wednesday.

PRIDE, the UFC’s biggest competitor and perhaps the world’s most recognizable MMA organization, has reportedly suffered a variety of hardships during the past year. Rumors of its potential sale have circulated constantly in the past couple months, with current PRIDE USA Vice President Ed Fishman and the Zuffa LLC-owned UFC emerging as the two most-likely suitors.

The fact that the Fertittas, not Zuffa, are the rumored buyers is surprising at first take. Surely there’s more to the story, but we’ll have to wait.

PRIDE has publicly stated — numerous times — that the organization wasn’t for sale despite the reports saying otherwise. Today’s rumors would obviously hint otherwise.

So what would this mean for the UFC?

It’s hard to say without knowing the particulars. But of most importance would be the UFC’s access to PRIDE’s thoroughly impressive list of international fighters. The purchase could open the door for cross-promotion superfights that could destroy previous records for gates, attendance and pay-per-view revenue.

In any manner, I’ll have more news as it becomes available. For now, sit tight and try not to let the specualation get too far out of hand.

...take it as you will I guess.

come on...Kang vs. GSP @ 185 should happen now
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it is true then its a sad day in mma history
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know...

R.I.P. pride
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There's just something extra disturbing about being given this news by David Hasselhoff cuddling puppies.
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There's just something extra disturbing about being given this news by David Hasselhoff cuddling puppies.

Hasselhoff: oh...give me a smile, *****ket
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Why a sad day? I think this is great news.
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Bet sylvia is regretting trash talking fedor now lol if this is true this will be amazing im sure ufc and pride would remain seperate entities but how would world titles work if they have a ufc champion vs a pride champion then the losers belt becomes meaningless hmmm!
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Old 03-19-2007, 03:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would love to see Fedor destroy Sylvia This may be awesome news
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This is pretty bittersweet for me. On one hand we lose Pride. But on the other hand it opens the door for some sick match ups.
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I'll bet that they'll keep the Grand Prix events..

Think of the possibility of sending GSP, A.Silva, Hughes to pride to participate in a 183lb grand prix...
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