*edit: for those who seem to be confused, 'the grapevine' is a rumor column at mmauniverse.. i am in no way saying this is FACT.. it is a rumor.. from a usually accurate source, but a rumorsource
Date submitted: 02 March 2007
Submitted by: MMA Universe
We hold our hands up and say that we don’t actually have any bona fide evidence but internet cyber sleuth “PoopChuteBoxe” is staking his reputation for impeccable insider info on this piece of news. We are probably as dubious as you about unnamed Internet rumour mongers but it is a fact that FightSport.com’s “PoopChuteBoxe” does have an unnerving accuracy when it comes to revealing exclusives.
It is a known fact that Zuffa (UFC’s parent organisation) were one of the last two companies left bidding to buy ailing MMA organisation Pride Fighting Championships. The other is owned Pride USA President Ed Fishman , who was last known to be playing hard ball with Dream Stage Entertainment saying that if Pride CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara didn’t sell him his majority stake in Pride he would set up on a major MMA organisation of his own to rival Pride.
Depending on how this went down with Pride at the final round of meetings last week, this could have swayed the final decision one way or the other
PoopChuteBoxe reports: “I talked to an impeccable source, who is as in the know as humanly possible. And it is a 100% a done deal.”
Make of it what you will. I guess we will find out either way in the next few weeks.