Posted by hippysmacker
I see it as him saying UFC champ vs Pride champ. Not him leaving the UFC with the belt ,and going back to Pride. I agree that the UFC probably wouldn't do it unless Pride becomes a major US competitior.
i disagree. i think he's saying he will fight in pride. i guess its a question of interpretation, but since cc started the interview (or at least that quote) saying he may fight in pride again, i think he was elaborating on that statement, i.e., he would like to win the ufc belt after 3 fights, defend the belt 3 times, and then fight fedor as a pride fighter on new years eve.
as far as the other comment re: it doesnt make sense to say the "ufc champion vs pride champion" if he meant he would be fighting as a pride fighter, thats not necessarily correct either. its a pride thing (no pun intended). he may not technically be the ufc champ at that point in time, but if he leaves the organization without being defeated, in some peoples minds he would still be the "true" ufc champion. for example, when bj penn left ufc as the ww champion, he still considered himself the real ufc ww champ. even when he returned to the ufc, he always wore "the champ is here" shirts... and then he got beat by gsp and hughes.