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Old 10-11-2007, 09:53 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Not to be too far off topic but theUFC was purchased by the Zuffata team for what, 2 million? Think of their current fiscal numbers, there is no way that a corporate machine like that would have failed to rejuvinate Pride in some way.
Um, you realized that UFC was dead in the water when they purchased it, right? Purchasing it for $2 million (if that's the case), says nothing about how much it cost to turn UFC into a revenue generating enterprise.

Besides, whether or not they could have saved Pride has little to do with whether or not Pride, in its state at the time of purchase, was worth saving.
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That's my point. The UFC was dead in the water at the time of purchase. The organization was revamped and marketed wonderfully. Consider the amount of exposure Pride had in the market it was in, I find it laughable that a group of investors that were so successful with the dead UFC could have done nothing to curtail the fall of that organization.

I think the fact of the matter is that it was easier to absorb the talent from Pride. As exciting as that is for us now, I think history will view it as a mistake.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
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That's my point. The UFC was dead in the water at the time of purchase. The organization was revamped and marketed wonderfully. Consider the amount of exposure Pride had in the market it was in, I find it laughable that a group of investors that were so successful with the dead UFC could have done nothing to curtail the fall of that organization.
The UFC was dead in the water due to external forces. Pride was dead in the water due to internal and external forces and had an entirely different market. Totally different ballgame.

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I think the fact of the matter is that it was easier to absorb the talent from Pride. As exciting as that is for us now, I think history will view it as a mistake.
It would have been easier to let Dreamstage contracts die and pick and choose rather than to dump $70 million on a dead company and inherit contracts ranging from unenforceable to unwanted.
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The UFC was dead in the water due to external forces. Pride was dead in the water due to internal and external forces and had an entirely different market. Totally different ballgame.

It would have been easier to let Dreamstage contracts die and pick and choose rather than to dump $70 million on a dead company and inherit contracts ranging from unenforceable to unwanted.
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.

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? 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.

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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I find it laughable that a group of investors that were so successful with the dead UFC could have done nothing to curtail the fall of that organization.
I don't think it's laughable. If I remember, the Fertitas and Dana had excellent connections in boxing and with the state athletic commissions. They would have been instrumental in getting UFC sanctioned in Nevada and then in so many other places. The importance of this is illustrated by the fact that they have been hiring people from NASC over the last few years. So they had connections, as well as money.

However, doing business in Japan is very difficult indeed without a Japanese partner. It is a totally different culture both in general and in business. Even the international companies there are essentially Japanese companies with foreign names on the papers. A bunch of American fight promoters and casino cannot turn up there and solve a complex problem like that. The fact that they were not able to secure a TV deal is totally unsurprising.

Zuffa probably also thought that it would be laughable that they couldn't do with PRIDE what they did with UFC. Good as they are, however, they are total noobs when it comes to doing business in Japan (like many posters on fight forums).
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I know that the thread has gone in a different direction but I just wanted to throw in some Huerta support Should be a great fight
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Man, I can actually see Huerta winning a decision, because the judges hate Clay Guida for some reason. Dude must've pissed in their corn flakes or something.
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