Originally Posted by Deadpool
Definitely an easier route. Remove the competition (regardless of the state it was in, there are plenty of loyal pride fans) and bring in a ton of revenue to eventually balance your purchase.
We already discussed the barriers to turning Pride profitable again.
So you're claiming that it would have been impossible to rebuild the infrastructure of Pride despite the fan base and solid amount of talent left in the organization?
No, I said it probably wasn't the best business decision. If it was, that's what would have happened, judging by Zuffa's successful track record.
I hate to go back to wrestling terms but recall how the WCW (although failing) was more or less assimilated into the WWF. The loss of competition wasn't exactly the best thing for the sport, although it has recovered very well. The WCW and WWF provided two different types of entertainment in their genre. That was a very good thing.
What's best for the sport may not be best for Zuffa. Besides, there wasn't much overlap in the UFC and Pride markets, unlike WWF and WCW.
Pride as an organization aside, the regulations of the Pride fights provided a completely unique game that may be in danger in the future because of Zuffa's unwillingness to preserve it.
Um, okay, but I'm not sure what Pride's historical significance has to do with a discussion about Zuffa's fiscal responsibility.