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Old 02-02-2007, 09:59 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Exactly - Dana is no idiot, he knows that to become No1 in MMA he has to 'cut the head off the snake' - and in reference to Pride that is done by luring away Fedor with a fat ass contract..... Fedor goes, Pride dies and UFC is No1.

There isnt a single fighter alive whos head cant be turned by some green, Fedor knows he has Pride HWs whipped and so he may well want to come to UFC for fame and fortune and the chance to wipe the floor with what the UFC has to offer.
The UFC may have the contract to turn Fedor's head, but I garuntee that PRIDE would be happy to let him go over, too. Am I the only one who remembers that PRIDE press release where they were talking about sending Gomi to the UFC as a "Trojan Horse."

PRIDE could very well to the same with Fedor, or even Hunt, but I think for now they are satisfied having one fighter in the UFC, especially that its CroCop, because he really epitomizes what the PRIDE heavyweights are about that the UFC heavyweights aren't. Mutual respect and putting on a show.

Let's face it, the UFC has 5 guys that they could send over to the UFC if they had wanted to:

CroCop (they did)
Fedor (they wanna keep him)
Barnett (the UFC probably doesn't want him back, because of his old beef with them)
Big Nog (he's not really the kind of fighter that the UFC is into, he wins by submission)
Mark Hunt (I would have been cool with this, but he isn't as flashy as CroCop and so he wouldn't get the same recognition right away)

Anyway, the UFC can afford all of these guys, but if it turns into a bidding war, I think PRIDE is willing to spend a little bit more money. Honestly, the cost of publicizing these guys might not be entirely worth it for the UFC.

Don't underestimate PRIDE's finances. They may not offer their fighters huge contracts, but it's only because they don't have to.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:18 AM   #22 (permalink)
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[font="Times New Roman"]The UFC may have the contract to turn Fedor's head, but I garuntee that PRIDE would be happy to let him go over, too. Am I the only one who remembers that PRIDE press release where they were talking about sending Gomi to the UFC as a "Trojan Horse."

PRIDE could very well to the same with Fedor, or even Hunt, but I think for now they are satisfied having one fighter in the UFC, especially that its CroCop, because he really epitomizes what the PRIDE heavyweights are about that the UFC heavyweights aren't. Mutual respect and putting on a show.

Dont get me wrong i love Pride but if i were you i wouldnt delude myself with any of that conspiratorial nonsense about Trojan Horses.

The simple fact is that the UFC has made massive strides forward in the last 5 years whereas Pride has only marginally relatively speaking.

The UFC has PRIDE beat handsdown in the marketing and promotion stakes, this leads to greater mainstream recognition which in turn leads to greater revenues and enhanced public recognition for the fighters (dont underestimate the power of popularity). Since even now the UFC can at least match PRIDE salaries - and in the case of elite fighters beat, imagine if things continue what the situation will be like in another 5 years??

The quality of UFC fighters across the board is improving by the day and in reality the only division where PRIDE hold an advantage is in the HWs, apart from that the 2 orgs are on about par with each other.

In 2007 the UFC will make big in roads into Europe, where there is enormous untapped talent - and the simple fact is that in the world of sports and big business, N.America and Europe is where its all at.


At the end of the day money may not be enough to attract Fedor but for 90% of the worlds fighters it is!!! Pride cannot live on Fedor alone....
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:36 AM   #23 (permalink)
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The UFC can spend more on fighters than PRIDE can. If you think any differently then your not listening to the boss over at PRIDE. Those are his words not mine.

Also those who think CC will just take the money and run. Well his contract is for 1.5 to 2 years. Thats along time guys. How do we know FEDOR WIll be fighting in 2 years? HOw do we know CroCop will even be considered the #2 HW in 2 years. How do we know the UFC HW division wont be loaded and stacked in 2 years?

I will make no predictions that far in advance and those who are really aren't thinking about that.

2 years is along time in this young sport. UFC has been growing leaps and bounds the past year or 2. PRIDE really hasnt. If anything they have actually shrank. Considering they have no local TV contract(I think thats still true) and they haven't yet proved they can market consistently in the US Market and sell alot of PPVs(time will tell on that one).

Maybe in 2 years DSE will buy out Zuffa or Zuffa will buy out DSE or one of them will fold. You'll all just jumping the gun talking about CroCop leaving when he hasnt even had his first official fight yet with 5 more to go after this first one!!!
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