Report: Henderson and Jackson Will Fight for UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

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aznteabagger
7/3/07 8:10:52PM
The UFC 75 main event between UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson (27-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and PRIDE welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson (22-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will, in fact, be a title fight.


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jdubs
7/3/07 8:25:36PM
it damn well better be!
grappler0000
7/3/07 8:37:04PM
Damn it...make up your mind!
Canadian_MM_EH
7/3/07 8:49:25PM
Nice!
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nastshabast
7/3/07 11:27:43PM
it should be both....only one is pretty jey
Btews22
7/4/07 3:11:14AM
that is complet BS dont mess with my emotions like that
Sam_Rothstein
7/4/07 4:15:11AM
**** they might as well put up the pride belt too, it only makes sense to have both do their first title defenses

the only thing i can think why is that dana is probably just gonna end pride for good. the grand prix was cancelled and any every future event is yet to be announced. maybe its danas way of telling current pride title holders that they can just place them in their trophy rooms for good
spider1179
7/4/07 11:12:49AM
This is the way it should be. Thgere is a difference in fighting in a cage and fighting in a ring. Being that this fight is taking place in the cage and under UFC rules, the only title up for grabs should be the UFC title.
Zvonimir
7/4/07 2:03:11PM
Thank God.
xphycorx
7/4/07 2:09:20PM
i knew there was no way that they weren't gonna make it a title fight. that would've been ridiculous.
KingKash
7/4/07 2:48:03PM
Please do not change your mind again Dana. This is good.
TOMMYAYO05
7/4/07 3:17:17PM
They better keep it this way Dana is so unprofessional,he needs to give us what we want so he better not chnge it again.
Aether
7/4/07 9:15:44PM

Posted by Sam_Rothstein

**** they might as well put up the pride belt too, it only makes sense to have both do their first title defenses

the only thing i can think why is that dana is probably just gonna end pride for good. the grand prix was cancelled and any every future event is yet to be announced. maybe its danas way of telling current pride title holders that they can just place them in their trophy rooms for good



I disagree. I think this actually indicates that he DOESN'T want to fold PRIDE, at least not yet. Think about it, if both belts were on the line, in the octagon, regardless of who won the match there would then essentially only be one belt, because someone would win both and then go on to defend both simultaneously. Unifying the belts is essentially destroying one of them, because I guarantee you if they were unified, the belt would still say "UFC" on it. The fact that the PRIDE title is NOT on the line actually means that PRIDE still exists as a separate entity, and that if UFC fighters want to win a PRIDE belt, they'll have to do it in PRIDE the same way that PRIDE fighters are coming to the UFC to win the UFC belt.

I think this is the best possible move they could make, and it's what I said to begin with. This leaves the potential for PRIDE to continue running. It can be one organization, with the majority of fighters fighting in both, they will have the combined benefit of american PPV sales and Japanese live gate on top of the ability to continue the "superfight" theme despite really being one entity. I hope if they do it this way that they maintain the entire presentation aspect that came along with the PRIDE experience when they do events in Japan. Then all fans can have the best of both worlds.
TOMMYAYO05
7/5/07 3:44:36AM
Who cares if pride is folded i mean its not cool unless its in japan anyways its pretty much the same rules in the us except its a ring just put both them up.
Aether
7/5/07 4:43:25AM
Obviously if it stayed active it would still be in Japan, that would be the entire point of keeping it active to begin with, to keep the revenues from the live gates japanese events bring in, and obviously if it stayed active it would switch to the unified rule system. Everything you're saying is a non-issue.... People don't want PRIDE to stay alive because it will have different rules if it does, clearly one company isn't going to run competing organizations with different sets of rules. The benefit in most fans' eyes is the nostalgia and production value. PRIDE is a different experience than the UFC.
sirc625
7/5/07 1:26:02PM
Having the belt on the line only makes sense. As far as PRIDE goes I think it's only a matter of time before it folds.
Aether
7/5/07 5:27:06PM
Yeah I still think they'll scrap it eventually, but this at least gives me hope.
TOMMYAYO05
7/5/07 7:34:26PM
Yes i know that thats why i was saying they would have to keep it in Japan.
KYGUY07
7/6/07 1:44:11AM
im just glad its a 5 rounder
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