Would anyone in the know mind talking about how deep Pride's pockets are? I have no idea, I just want to know the chances that UFC might buy Pride. There is no way in hell Pride will beat UFC in Amercia unless there is some sort of miracle. Dana White is not popular with fight fans because Dana White is not concerned with the "right now" he is concerned with the future and I think he is playing the business side really really well for the most part. Especially with the fighter pay. He is paying peanuts, we all hate him for it, but how many fans do you know that missed the last PPV on the moral principle that the fighters aren't getting paid enough? The UFC is making insane money right now and when contracts expire in Pride the UFC is going to have the money to throw around. I don't think the UFC's long term business plan is to pay cheap but they sure are playing it smart to do it now while they can use the reserve cash to get the best talent. Example-Anderson Silva. Anyone know when Wandi's contract is up? Fedor? Crocop? Meanwhile, fight contracts in the UFC are getting longer and longer.
And I don't want to break Pride's balls too hard for the production last night because it was its first PPV in America but c'mon. The fights were better then UFC, their Pornstar in the audience....arguably better, but if their idea of entertaining American audiences between fights is ten minutes of strobe light and Dance, Dance techno music over the darkened audience, ....I really appreciate UFCs production and pace on their PPVs. On the other hand it was very refreshing for the fighters not to immediately ***** themselves out to products and websites in their victory speech. If last nights fights happened in UFC and Marc Coleman's two little girls had come into the Octagon crying I bet Dana woulda scowled at them and thrown a Xyience Energy drink in both of their precious little hands. Dana has money to make and he has the right asshole personality to do it and he will.