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Dana White: Dissolving of PRIDE Fighting Championships a “Possibility”

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Selling out a 60,000+ seat venue is why. You can't do that anywhere else at this point. Japan is way too huge of a market to ignore it and the UFC is going everywhere but Japan it seems. It's a no brainer, even if they bring all the top guys to the UFC and leave all the Japanese fighters in Pride they would still make some good coin over there I'm sure.

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I think the move is a mistake for the main reason that if all the great fighters are in one organization, how often do you think we'll see them fight (at the rate of about 5 bouts per PPV event)? That is unless of course MMA because a regular mainstream (free) event on TV or every PPV event is nothing but title (or top contender) fights. My fear is that the PPV events will become even more numerous, which I don't think will stand the test of time with fans.

A regular series of undercard bouts on TV with quarterly title/top contender fights would be the only option I can see (if all the top fighters are in one organization)

As for the Japanese fan base, well, if Pride is dissolved I can realistically see another new organization take it's place. Whether or not it will be successful is another story.

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Don't think this will happen. I just don't want to believe it

I hope that zuffa have big plans for Pride...

Post #18   6/20/07 11:01:31AM   

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Because there is more money to be made in Japan then in the U.S.

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japan loves Bob Sapp!........ lol

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Posted by Primo

I think they should've ran PRIDE as a seperate entity, cross promotion, and have that huge "superbowl of mma" in december every year. Think of the money they would've made. I think Dana's ego got in the way, they would sell out arenas over there averaging 40,000 with as much as 90,000. Financially it doesn't make any sense.



This is very true. The numbers of people who attended Pride events was massive...made UFC event turnouts look pathetic by comparison!

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Posted by Primo

I think they should've ran PRIDE as a seperate entity, cross promotion, and have that huge "superbowl of mma" in december every year. Think of the money they would've made. I think Dana's ego got in the way, they would sell out arenas over there averaging 40,000 with as much as 90,000. Financially it doesn't make any sense.




Pride lost their TV contract and that was the end. Pride fell apart because of the "finances." If Dana could get a TV contract going over their, he has one with Spike and Versus here, he would be in better shape.

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