The following is a quote from the most recent issue of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, a weekly publication available via www.WrestlingObserver.com:
“According to several different sources in both Japan and the United States, Dream Stage Entertainment has talked with various groups about selling the Pride Fighting Championships. Most of the prospective buyers are outside the country. Among them are a group from South Korea, as well as several different U.S. groups. It is believed WWE was approached and it is known UFC has been approached.”
With WWE posting the story on their website about meeting with PRIDE offiicials in Stamford, this story makes a lot of sense.