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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 07:37 PM
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I've heard from a very good source that Pride is in financial trouble and up for sale because of their connections to Japanese organized crime. I've also heard that there are two bidders, one of which is the UFC. Dana is probably picking up a few fighters from Pride to get a buzz going about how good the Pride fighters are in the US. He then purchases Pride, and it's absolutely huge news. Mark my words fellow MMA freaks.
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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 10:43 AM
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If Dana White purchases Pride it would
be too much to handle. For me.
There are already a lot of fighters and each one of
those contracts has to be put to use. So more
ppvs to put out in more cities. And more ppvs for me to order
Especially since the hype
on ppvs nowadays is incredible. That means im working overtime.
I don't see this happening
without LOTS of preperation. Of course, ive thought for
a couple of months now that something fishy seems
to be going on.
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People care about putting a roof over their heads , feeding their family and "the better life", they will go where the money is i believe.

If Dana owns Pride, sure, a Pride vs UFC is no big thing, he cant lose. But while Pride is under different ownership i'm not sure he wants to do that because it could really backfire.
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post #24 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 12:47 PM
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Where the money goes, so will the fighters. Soon enough UFC will be known for its thick divisions and at this rate of management Pride could find themselves insolvent.

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If there was a buy out that would give UFC enough fighter to host a real weekly show like boxing had.Also the fights could be expanded to not just be held in vegas but other places as well. as for fighters with contracts. yea most fighters have on average 1year or 2-3 fight contracts.. as alot of these expire the not as exciting and weaker fighters will not be renewed. and alot of the fighters in that catagorey will be stepping up thier game to get renewed so it might make for interesting fights. but just having a larger fighter base in general would be good for UFC they would not have to have lot of rematches people are bored with...
Though there is anohter option as well..

UFC buys pride... That does not mean UFC has to bring all the fighters here but they can leave pride basicly how it is over seas but they now have the option of moving fighters back and forth to the US or over seas.. pulling out of japan would be a bad business idea cause the fans over there are extremely loyal to the fighters and spend alot of money. I do not think Pride has ever NOT had a sold out show overthere. Then say once a year they can have a match easily scheduled between the fighters who sayed in the now UFC controlled pride against the stateside UFC to really see who is better and they can alternate rules and such and ultimately let the fans decide which set of rules and show they want to watch and in the end UFC wins since it controls both sides..
Basicly it is what Vince McMahon should have done when he bought ECW and WCW and what he tried to fix by recreating ECW in a poor imitation. The highest rating Wrestling ever had is when WWE and WCW were going head to head on moday nights. Both shows were getting better ratings then Monday night football. Which no show had ever beaten before. And if you look at the WWE's current ratings it no longe beats monday night football.

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Competition is the driving force behind all busines and that would be lost with a buyout. Look at how it is causing interest and speculation on this board. I am a huge boxing fan, so I revert back to comparisons again, one person in control of everything and all fighters is not a good idea "IMO". Can anyone say DON KING.

It would be cool if they could set some kinda "SUPER FIGHT" every year, all champions in both organizations fight, the profits would be huge.
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post #27 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 09:04 PM
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I agree with the don in that if Dana buys Pride, which I'd say he's eventually going to, this could really work out for everyone. Leave Pride in Japan for the most part, and UFC in the States. Occasionally I would host a Pride event in the States, and vice versa with UFC. Shuffle fighters back and forth between the two to create the best matchups and then you'll have enough talent to do away with all of the rematches. The rematches are getting out of hand. How many times do we really need to see the same two fighters fight? Now I think in some cases a rematch is warranted, (Chuck v. Randy II, Arlovski v. Sylvia II) but that should be it. Now in the case with GSP and Hughes, give them a rematch now, because their first fight was several fights ago for both. But joining Pride and UFC to some degree will make both more profitable for Dana White, and it will make them both more entertaining for the fans.
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post #28 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 10:47 PM
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I hope we see PRIDE VS UFC sometime in 2007. But, if not then I'm sure Dana could afford some more major PRIDE Fighters contracts (Shogun, Wandy, Fedor) anyway

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