Originally Posted by rdlviper
I think this is good for Pride.
I think Pride has realized that it needs more 'name fighters' ... guys that people know. I think having these guys will help raise the image of Pride to the next level, and then people might even start to know some of their Japanese fighters. The Japanese names make it difficult to remember who is who.
They actually do have alot name fighters. Just not big names in the U.S. because they don't get as much exposure in North America as the UFC does. That will all change as they start to show live events on tv and more people start to see how huge that org really is.
As far as Pride raising it's image, they are doing alright in that catagory. They are more known worldwide than UFC by far and really are the biggest MMA organization around.