Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In your closet!
as much as it pains me, especially since the Amercan rule system... i think PRIDE's future is in America. let me exaplain. PRIDE has the top talent and the best, most honed MMA promotion around. the UFC is exploding faster than an italian teenager's face. Competition fules everything, especially business, which all sports, and especially MMA in the US, are!
to have the two--and really only--top MMA companies competing on the same ground as opposed to literally around the world from one another, can only force the sport to grow and get even more exciting. PRIDE being only in Japan allows the UFC to stagnate and give us the same old, boring, un-talented fights we were getting used to. But recently, around the time of PRIDE's last US event, the UFC started really upping their events. From what i hear, this last PRIDE show was great--as 98% of them are anyway. This means that in the same country, there are the two top, most exciting MMA organizations...
if you can't see how this is great, i don't know how to explain it to you.
eventually, after the "great MMA wars of 2007-2008 or 9" PRIDE and the UFC will begin to cooporate. Not merge; not ever. But you will eventually see a point where they've made all the money they can alone, and will start to unify the sport. there will always be two--at least--MMA organizations, but we will begin to see it sort of take the shape of "conferences" or "divisions" where they do their own thing, and come together fairly often to unify rankings!
you just wait and see!!!