Don't sweat it, given everyone's black and white opinions on this site, it could have gone either way.
When I first heard this rumor a month or two ago from a friend, I was like a kid on christmas morning. Its a shame in order for the UFC to legitimize their divisions they have to take away from PRIDE. I believe PRIDE coming to the US so many times in 2007 will help them alot, both organizations need to get together and work on some "dream fight" deals. Cro Cop Vs the Iceman is one of the fights that true MMA fans druel over and this is the first step in that direction. The UFC only fans that you referr to are saying to themselves "what the hell kinda of Name is Cro Cop?"
I think its so funny that PRIDE fans seem to be so in tune to the UFC fighters, but the UFC fans seem to think that the PRIDE fighters are second rate. Those UFC only fans may very well soon be saying to themselves "You mean this guy actually LOST to fighters in PRIDE !!"