Ranallo & Rutten speak out against Millen

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loller90278
3/14/07 3:13:08PM
Five Ounces of Pain: Popular ex-Pride duo speaks out
March 13, 2007
By Sam Caplan
Special to CBS SportsLine.com



In an interview with Pride vice president Jerry Millen that was published last week , I asked Millen about the details surrounding the departure of the organization's former English-language announcing team, Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten.

Millen was candid in his answer, but critical of the duo's abilities.

"As the company grows I think you have to get better," said Millen. "With me making the decisions on the television broadcast side, I wanted professional broadcasters. We're an American broadcast; I wanted Americans on the broadcast and I wanted professionals. I wanted guys who knew how to do television and I wanted some professional guys."

I also asked Millen for his response to comments Rutten had made to me several weeks earlier in an interview, where he expressed dissatisfaction with the way he had been treated toward the latter part of his tenure with Pride.

Millen pulled no punches in his response.

"People watch the fights for the fighters," Millen began. "I don't know anybody that buys a pay-per-view for a commentator for Bas Rutten or for Mauro Ranallo. People buy the fights for the fighters, not the commentators, and I think the problem sometimes is egos get big and the commentators think they're stars and they're not. The fighters are the stars and when you think you're bigger than the fighters then I think there's a problem."

But Rutten and Ranallo have answered back in separate interviews with CBS SportsLine -- and they're none too pleased.

Ranallo especially took issue with my line of questioning in which I asked Millen why he and Rutten weren't retained, along with the answer that followed. Ranallo felt that the exchange left the impression that the company had made the decision to let him go, something which he claims couldn't have been further from the truth.

"No, in fact I don't," Ranallo answered when asked if he felt "not retained" was an apt description pertaining to his departure from Pride. "And I understand why you may have used that (term) but the right description and the only one that's absolutely 100 percent true is that Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo quit Pride to pursue other opportunities.

"He (Millen) made an asinine comment regarding him being the reason; the way he made the comments to you in his interview makes it seem like he replaced us, like he was the one who decided to get rid of us, he was the master of our domain. That could not be further from the truth."

Rutten not only concurs, but has already confronted Millen directly on the issue.

"After I read your interview I e-mailed Jerry Millen and I told Jerry Millen, 'Listen, you told a bunch of lies. You are going to go back and you're going to rectify, you're going to make sure you tell the truth,'" said Rutten.

Ranallo said his decision to leave Pride was not easy, as he had considered the promotion's English-language play-by-play announce position "an MMA dream job."

"When I was approached by Bas Rutten in 2003 to send a tape to Pride Fighting Championship to do the broadcast, I mean, I thought I had won the lottery. It was the dream job in the sport, I still think it is the dream job in the sport."

But what would make Ranallo walk away from a job he had once so coveted?

"Unfortunately the last year-and-a-half or so with Pride Fighting Championships, there were parties involved in the organization that frankly made it almost impossible for me to do the job I was hired to do," Ranallo revealed. "I was paid to be the Pride play-by-play announcer and when you have people internally trying to sabotage that, trying to make your job almost difficult, absolutely impossible to perform… frankly it had come to a head where it was no longer enjoyable to be doing that job."

Rutten supported Ranallo's claim.

"I have no clue, but he (Millen) started to mess with him," said Rutten. "I believe because he saw that Mauro was unbelievably talented and maybe he was jealous. It became very bad and that's where I stepped in and told him to back off because he did it for no apparent reason. He backed off for a while, but then started to make up stuff.

"Mauro is an intelligent person and he uses big words and he (Millen) would say, 'No, he cannot use big words because the mixed martial arts people, the fans, they are not educated, they don't understand that.'"

Both Rutten and Ranallo hold no ill will toward Pride, but their feelings toward Millen is another story.

"No," Ranallo answered empathically when pressed if he considered Millen qualified to be in the position he's in. "Unequivocally, no… To this day I don't know what Jerry Millen's duties exactly were with the company when I was there."

Millen was originally hired by Pride to be an announcer, a position in which Rutten accuses Millen of earning through less than honest means.

"He got his job by faking that he knew the MMA game," Rutten claims. "His friend, who knows MMA, would tell him through a microphone -- he was wearing a headset -- what he would have to say when watching a tape of MMA. That tape he sent to the Pride people, they believed he could do it and they took him in."

When contacted by CBS SportsLine, Millen remained steadfast in his claim that it was Pride which decided to no longer retain the services of Ranallo and Rutten. Millen also did not back down from his less than flattering assessment of the duo's broadcast abilities.

"My statements regarding Bas and Mauro are 100 percent correct," said Millen. "Both were not retained by Pride Fighting Championships. Now, when someone's services of course are not retained, they try to put a different spin on it to save face.

"Bas had some personal demons that he had to deal with it. And Mauro, it was determined that his services were no longer needed so he was not retained. Now I made that decision and I was his superior at the time. I feel that the behavior was neither professional nor competent for the broadcast field. I wish them both the best of luck in whatever new career path they choose. With this being a non-issue, definitely a non-issue, this is actually the last time I'll address this situation."

While Ranallo was driven from a job he once considered his dream, he's more than satisfied with where he's at in his career.

"I've never been happier in my career, with The Fight Network and now with EliteXC," professed Ranallo. "Thus far EliteXC has been the biggest breath of fresh air I've encountered in my professional career just the way they treat you as a human first and then an employee. It was like what I thought my career as a high-profile MMA announcer was supposed to be like in the sense that they allowed you to perform your duties as an announcer."

Rutten is also doing well as both co-owner with Randy Couture of Legends Gym in Los Angeles and a commentator and coach for the IFL. Rutten's commentary duties with the IFL were recently expanded with the launch of IFL Battleground on MyNetworkTV, a two-hour show in which he co-hosts with Tiffany Fallon, the Playboy 2005 Playmate of the Year.

He also believes he'll have the last laugh when it comes to his rift with Millen.

"He's going to read what he did to people, and how many people he messed with, and he's going to feel bad about that. I think if he starts realizing how many people he really got fired, it's just bad for him. Karma is going to hit him."
ButterBalls
3/14/07 10:54:47PM
Bas posted an even longer message on Sherdog last night in a thread about this.
Manfred
3/15/07 2:31:36AM
From Bas on Sherdog:

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Bas Rutten
Professional Fighter
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: CA
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Before we start I would like you to understand that when I read the article on CBS, I emailed Gary Millen and told him that he had to tell the truth. If he wouldn’t take back the lies that he said in your interview, he would have a problem with me. I told him not a physical problem, like that I was going to beat him up or something, but a problem with me telling the people things about him that are the truth, like, and I quote, how he got the Pride job.
He wrote me back, I guess he thinks he’s a fighter now, because he surrounds himself with it, and he told me that he would never do what I said (guess he didn’t like it in Japan when I told him what to back off from Mauro), I told him “sounds good!” and here we are.
So this is directed to HIM personally and NOT Pride. He started this shit, he will receive, I warned him like I said but I think he doesn’t know what I really know about him and his memory must be a sponge since I told him all this one time before.
Now he says AGAIN that he was the reason we got fired, so here is the truth.

First of all, everything is fake about this guy, his name is Gary Millen, not Jerry, he doesn’t think Gary sounds cool so Jerry was the name, ask for his drivers licence. About his appearance I have some comments too, but that’s for later, I have way more on him.
I told the interviewer of CBS everything that I wrote here, but I think he was tied by some things that I said, so I give it personally to you.

He got his job by faking that he knew the MMA game, his friend, who knows MMA, would tell him through a microphone (he was wearing a headset) what he would have to say when watching a tape of MMA. That tape he send to the Pride people, they believed he could do it and they took him in.

So that’s how he came in, as a new play by play commentator. He said in the interview that he came in as the producer, but that was another lie because his own words to me (and from the Japanese representatives) were; “I did come in for Stephen his job, but than they gave me this job, so we don’t have to fire Stephen”. That’s what he and they said to me, because the real truth is that when he was in Japan I think he started realizing that he could never do Stephen’s job so he swung himself to another direction and took the job from Michael Braverman, the former US producer, so he got fired. When he took his job over, that’s where the complains on the internet started.

He cut out the funny skits that we use to do at the opening of the show, he wanted to make it more look like boxing. I told him that EVERY organization in the world already did that and that people enjoyed the stuff we did before because we did something fresh and new, they NEVER complained before about the editing, they did now. But no, he wanted to make it look like all other organizations.

So that was out and he started to cut the shows together. The complains were like that he cut out fights in order to show some ring girl. Or he showed the entire walk through to the ring but than cut the fights? This didn’t make sense, we are watching fights, but he cuts the fights?

He went out with me and Stephen Quadros the first night, we went to see some Pancrase fights. I realized that he didn’t like Stephen at all, don’t know why. He would ask me what I wanted to drink, and while Stephen was standing next to me, he wouldn’t ask him anything and gave me only a drink. I asked Stephen afterwards if he did something to piss him off, Stephen had no clue. But I knew that there was something going on.

Next thing I is that they fired Stephen a show later.

They needed a new guy, so he brought in his buddy Damon Perry (maybe that was the reason that Stephen got fired I thought?) But Damon came straight out of Radio and he talked a lot and didn’t get the whole MMA thing yet, I thought he was funny though and good to work with. But the Japanese people didn’t like him, so they asked me if I knew somebody.

I said I did.
I met Mauro like 4 years before that time and we both were in a movie where we both played announcers. I met him and they gave us like 5 pages of ******. He looked over it for about 2 minutes and put the ****** away, I looked at him and asked him :”Don’t tell me that you already memorized it” he said he did, I started to ask him questions about the ****** and he knew it all!
This guy is a freak show. The stuff we did was good and I really enjoyed working with Mauro, so I told him that if I ever would have a change to do something for him, I would call him. So four years later I call him and BAM, he sends in a tape, they saw his work, and trust me, Mauro has been doing this since he was 16 years old, Radio, TV, everything, they loved the tape and now he was in Pride!

They loved him so much and wanted to keep him, they gave him right away a contract, something that I never saw them doing.

Now I guess that Jerry now needed a new victim that he could push around, and Mauro Ranallo was that victim, why? Again, I have no clue, but he started to mess with him. I believe because he saw that Mauro was unbelievably talented and maybe he was jealous?

It became very bad and that’s where I stepped in and told him to back off because he did it for no apparent reason. He backed off for a while, but than started to make up stuff. Mauro couldn’t say “difficult” words because he said that the viewers at home are not that educated. We told him that Jim Lampley used words like that all the time, and that is in boxing, also a martial art. Jim Lampley is probably the best announcer in the world, but Mauro couldn’t do it?
And what, the MMA audience is less educated than a boxing audience? And he talks about having pro’s in the booth? Wow.
Mauro is a walking encyclopedia, the things he knows is just unbelievable, he doesn’t say these words to “look intelligent” he says them because he speaks like that, if you talk to him in a normal conversation, that’s what you will here, also his voice is his real voice, some people think he makes that up.
Mauro wasn’t allowed to make jokes, Mauro couldn’t even say, including me, when we talked about a record. “This fighter is 12 and ZERO, just to make a point that he never lost, nope, we had to say 12 and O, we told him that O was a letter and not a number. He said that the whole Martial Arts world say O and not ZERO.
Whatever, again, be the same as everybody else.
He told us to let the fight “breath” and don’t talk as much, just like in other organizations? So he came in with his laptop and showed us a fight from another organization and that we had to be like them, these guys were talking non-stop, I started counting the silence they had and I swear, the longest “break” was 3 seconds, and that was only ONE time during the entire fight, three seconds, ONE time!
The Japanese people, Mauro and I looked at each other with a puzzled expression, what is he trying to do? Till this day I still don’t get that one.
Mauro also couldn’t make jokes, that was my (Bas) job he said, I told him how funny Mauro was but nope, not him.
Ask all the fighters, trainers, even Doc Hammilton and “Stitch”, at breakfast we would have so much fun with Mauro, that everybody would start putting their tables against our table for a good laugh in the morning!

It went bad again and again we had a conversation, first with the Pride people, Mauro and I by ourselves. They acknowledged that they gave Jerry, and these are there words: “Too much power”, I also told them how he REALLY got his job in Pride and what he did more for lies, but … they believed in second chances and they wanted to give him another shot?! After all the things I told them, they still wanted to give him a second chance?!
So the meeting with Jerry took place, and again, I had a list of things for him with what he already did behind people’s back, so I read him that whole list, and trust me, it was big! Jerry finally acknowledged that Mauro was getting better and better and he understood that it was good now.
It was a few shows really good and it was relaxed, but it came back again. He has to be the number 1 guy I guess.
Every time he would tell Mauro when he would say something “Oh man, you are going to get ripped for that on the internet”, shouldn’t a producer make sure you feel comfortable during the show so it’s keeps flowing? Nope, he did it right there at the commentating booth, that’s not professional, every real producer knows this.
He also started to “second guess” Mauro, if Mauro would say “Wow, nice kimura attempted there!!”, he would use his microphone and ask me, (Mauro and I BOTH could hear this, NOT the people at home), “Is that a kimura Bas?”
Doesn’t he realize that you are really shutting people down this way, this was about him and his feelings towards Mauro, he would forget about the job that he has to do and that is to make the Pride show look as good as he can! He didn’t, he made it personally. Wow, again, and he says that he wants to work with professionals?

Anyway, this stress and the fact that Pride never gave me a raise after even 6 years of working for them started to bother me.
They tell everybody that I am “the face of Pride”, but they do anything to make it easier on me.
Please understand this, I flew at least 11 times a year to Japan, that’s 77 days gone from home, coming home with a jet lag and than still have to leave the house to do seminars and other stuff because they didn’t pay me enough to live form that. So it became really hard on the family for me and together with the stress from Jerry Millen I though, “I don’t need and deserve this, I am out.” Everybody remembers the “I quit” letter on my website? And after that the President came to talk to me and I told the people that I was back again, remember that? Than they started to do other stuff and that’s where I announced that I this time REALLY quit. And now Millen says that HE did that? This guy is the biggest moron, more about that later….
I apologized to Mauro and Mauro told me that he was going to see what he would do.

The Japanese people gave Mauro right away a raise because they didn’t want to lose him too. Frank Trig came in and he and Mauro connected and they had great shows together.

Than when Jerry came to tell Mauro that there was something going down and that he probably was going to be the US representative of Pride, (so this time he took the job from the Japanese people, remember, these were the people that gave him a second chance!!) and he took their place, I guess he did a lot of talking to Mr. Sakikabara and Mr. Sakikabara believed him! They got fired and he got the job.
Mauro called me from Japan! And he told me that if THAT was going to happen, he would quit, he would NEVER work under Gary Millen he said.
They announced it, and Mauro quit.

Now with Gary saying that we were not professionals and that he wanted professionals and that’s the reason we were gone is just un-believable.
Remember that I said that he’s the biggest moron? Here is why. He has another interview on www.mmanews.com and there he says that it was our decision that we left, not his.

Doesn’t he keep track of his lies? I mean, here he says that he was the reason, and there he says we quit ourselves, which is the truth? Plus again, doesn’t he remember the “I quit” letter?

One more thing, he talks bad about Dana White and that he’s no pro?? Please take a look at what Dana White did for MMA, he made it huge! Now take a look at what he himself did, he’s bringing the Pride show down, they already cancelled the April event, this is so sad.

Hey Gary, if you read this, you have to feel bad right? Look how many people you walked over, Karma, that’s the word for you for a while KARMA, because Karma is a bitch!
hippysmacker
3/15/07 3:34:03AM
Dude Bas is stiil the man! I heard him on the beatdown , but i didn't know about the post. Thanks for bringing that over. I hope they get rid of Millen and save Pride, I don't want to see a monopoly.
Trapt1nw0nder
3/15/07 5:02:56AM
things like this make me want to stop buying PPV Pride events!


but i cant!


Jeffanori-Gomi
3/15/07 6:22:53PM
Because of this idiot, the UFC can capitalize and be the dominate MMA comp. in the world. (IMO they will be undisputed within the year)
cowcatcher
3/15/07 6:25:05PM
if nothing else millens idiotic talk gets us more bas interviews so i hope the feud continues, every time bas speaks i listen
BloodandTears
3/15/07 7:29:26PM

Posted by hippysmacker

Dude Bas is stiil the man! I heard him on the beatdown , but i didn't know about the post. Thanks for bringing that over. I hope they get rid of Millen and save Pride, I don't want to see a monopoly.



Aaww man, I dont really see it as a monopoly, I see it more as a sport in general. IMO we need this. Look at baseball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing etc.. They all have one place where the major players meet. Sure you have minor league's in all the sports, but we need a place for the hard hitters to meet. Why would you not want to see a unified champ? A place where the best of the best get down? Politics aside, why else would you not want to see this?
shackle
3/15/07 8:18:01PM
I agree with this very good points.


Posted by BloodandTears


Posted by hippysmacker

Dude Bas is stiil the man! I heard him on the beatdown , but i didn't know about the post. Thanks for bringing that over. I hope they get rid of Millen and save Pride, I don't want to see a monopoly.



Aaww man, I dont really see it as a monopoly, I see it more as a sport in general. IMO we need this. Look at baseball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing etc.. They all have one place where the major players meet. Sure you have minor league's in all the sports, but we need a place for the hard hitters to meet. Why would you not want to see a unified champ? A place where the best of the best get down? Politics aside, why else would you not want to see this?

hippysmacker
3/16/07 12:50:41AM

Posted by BloodandTears


Posted by hippysmacker

Dude Bas is stiil the man! I heard him on the beatdown , but i didn't know about the post. Thanks for bringing that over. I hope they get rid of Millen and save Pride, I don't want to see a monopoly.



Aaww man, I dont really see it as a monopoly, I see it more as a sport in general. IMO we need this. Look at baseball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing etc.. They all have one place where the major players meet. Sure you have minor league's in all the sports, but we need a place for the hard hitters to meet. Why would you not want to see a unified champ? A place where the best of the best get down? Politics aside, why else would you not want to see this?



I would love to see unified champs, but I think it will only happen if their is a unified worldwide governing sanctioning body. All the sports you've named have franchise owners who are essenially in business with eachother, and who share revenue. Still in the case of Football/Baseball you have 30+ different owners bidding on the price of talent, which in turn keeps employees salaries fair. Also, those sports athletes have unions to help protect their right's ( Although I admit fairness is not usually their maingoal, ) and, their right's are collectively bargained for. I really think with only one major entity bidding on the fighter's ,their pay will suffer. Also, I'm a firm beleiver that absolute power will corrupt any person. and I wou;dn't want Dana's ego to lead him into a DOn King scenario. I know they would still have other side options moneywise( K-1, Bodog, EliteXC etc.) , but I'm not sure how many will survive long term. Add the fact that those fighter's would only be fighting a much lesser quality of opponent, and we still would miss out on some talented fighter's who felt financial security was more important. I also beleive there needs to be at least one significant rival to the UFC to keep them in check. Checks and balances and competition are generally essential to growth and employee/consumer value. K-1 isn't going any where for sure, but MMA has so far been a sideline to there kickboxing . As for the UFC acquiring Pride I agree it would seem to great for fans in the short term, dream matchups would abound. However, in the long term I think MMA as a whole would suffer. If there's money to be made, someone will always be starting up a new promotion, and some might actually panout in the long term. I'll give a hypothetical scenario , that I actually find plausible. If Pride folded and Fedor thought he could make more money , and have more control over his life, he might actually sign a longterm , exclusive deal with Bodog. Basically he would only end up fighting those between contracts, who wanted a big payaday and a shot at him. So probably one decent fight per year. The rest of the time we would see curious matchups like Lindland. I'm not in any way saying Fedor is afraid of anyone, I stiill beleive he is the best in the world, but I want to see him fight the best HVY'S . Still, ridiculous money, and a chance to control the venue( staying home in Russia to fight) makes this plausible to me. As of now we are not seeing Fedor fight them anyway, but I think the only way to see the best matchups is a possible Unified worldwide sanctioning body, with unified rules. We don't have either now anyway, but I still think Pride folding or being bought by the UFC is bad for the sports longterm health. The best option I can think of currently ( absent the WWide gov. sanctiong body) would be for K-1 to buy them, and Promote their MMA side more vigourosly everywhere. They have the money, TV deal, and would have the fighter's to make it interesting. Sure cooperation between promotions would be great , but I don't see it happening soon. To sum it up: I think someone needs to buy and fix Pride, and there needs to be one big unified sanctioning body for the best possible MMA future.
pv3Hpv3p
3/16/07 1:58:21PM
You think we could talk Millen into doing a 'boxing match' for charity against Rutten ala Tito / Dana???

Oh, sure Jerry or Gary or whatever... If it makes you feel better we won't let Bas use a closed fist....
Jeffanori-Gomi
3/16/07 2:15:47PM

Posted by pv3Hpv3p

You think we could talk Millen into doing a 'boxing match' for charity against Rutten ala Tito / Dana???

Oh, sure Jerry or Gary or whatever... If it makes you feel better we won't let Bas use a closed fist....




Bas vs Millen Pancrease rules....open hand bitch slaps!
jdubs
3/16/07 2:42:31PM
all the drama, i knew mma would turn in to pro wrestling sooner or later
pv3Hpv3p
3/16/07 3:51:12PM

Posted by jdubs

all the drama, i knew mma would turn in to pro wrestling sooner or later



I wouldn't go as far as to say that, he's just a part of the Pride organization that a lot of people seem to hate...

IMO, he's a fake-ass-hollywood-wanabe-boylover and he's got to go...
Jeffanori-Gomi
3/16/07 10:20:10PM
Millen sounds like a snake that has the Japanese guys wrapped around his finger
BloodandTears
3/19/07 5:38:37PM

Posted by hippysmacker


Posted by BloodandTears


Posted by hippysmacker

Dude Bas is stiil the man! I heard him on the beatdown , but i didn't know about the post. Thanks for bringing that over. I hope they get rid of Millen and save Pride, I don't want to see a monopoly.



Aaww man, I dont really see it as a monopoly, I see it more as a sport in general. IMO we need this. Look at baseball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, boxing etc.. They all have one place where the major players meet. Sure you have minor league's in all the sports, but we need a place for the hard hitters to meet. Why would you not want to see a unified champ? A place where the best of the best get down? Politics aside, why else would you not want to see this?



I would love to see unified champs, but I think it will only happen if their is a unified worldwide governing sanctioning body. All the sports you've named have franchise owners who are essenially in business with eachother, and who share revenue. Still in the case of Football/Baseball you have 30+ different owners bidding on the price of talent, which in turn keeps employees salaries fair. Also, those sports athletes have unions to help protect their right's ( Although I admit fairness is not usually their maingoal, ) and, their right's are collectively bargained for. I really think with only one major entity bidding on the fighter's ,their pay will suffer. Also, I'm a firm beleiver that absolute power will corrupt any person. and I wou;dn't want Dana's ego to lead him into a DOn King scenario. I know they would still have other side options moneywise( K-1, Bodog, EliteXC etc.) , but I'm not sure how many will survive long term. Add the fact that those fighter's would only be fighting a much lesser quality of opponent, and we still would miss out on some talented fighter's who felt financial security was more important. I also beleive there needs to be at least one significant rival to the UFC to keep them in check. Checks and balances and competition are generally essential to growth and employee/consumer value. K-1 isn't going any where for sure, but MMA has so far been a sideline to there kickboxing . As for the UFC acquiring Pride I agree it would seem to great for fans in the short term, dream matchups would abound. However, in the long term I think MMA as a whole would suffer. If there's money to be made, someone will always be starting up a new promotion, and some might actually panout in the long term. I'll give a hypothetical scenario , that I actually find plausible. If Pride folded and Fedor thought he could make more money , and have more control over his life, he might actually sign a longterm , exclusive deal with Bodog. Basically he would only end up fighting those between contracts, who wanted a big payaday and a shot at him. So probably one decent fight per year. The rest of the time we would see curious matchups like Lindland. I'm not in any way saying Fedor is afraid of anyone, I stiill beleive he is the best in the world, but I want to see him fight the best HVY'S . Still, ridiculous money, and a chance to control the venue( staying home in Russia to fight) makes this plausible to me. As of now we are not seeing Fedor fight them anyway, but I think the only way to see the best matchups is a possible Unified worldwide sanctioning body, with unified rules. We don't have either now anyway, but I still think Pride folding or being bought by the UFC is bad for the sports longterm health. The best option I can think of currently ( absent the WWide gov. sanctiong body) would be for K-1 to buy them, and Promote their MMA side more vigourosly everywhere. They have the money, TV deal, and would have the fighter's to make it interesting. Sure cooperation between promotions would be great , but I don't see it happening soon. To sum it up: I think someone needs to buy and fix Pride, and there needs to be one big unified sanctioning body for the best possible MMA future.



Thanks for the reply hippy. I understand the concerns with one organization obtaining total power, but believe me, the government does too. If or when the UFC obtains Pride I am absolutely positive that is the moment we see sanctions. The wages will stay in line or get better due to the possibility of fighters going on strike (kinda like in other sports). Sanctions will follow any type of noncompliance to keep the megacorp in line. I'm with you 100% I just see things playing out a bit diffrent. megacorp then sanctions. You got it sanctions then megacorp.
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