Originally Posted by The Return Of......
Did you really just compare Pride to Strikeforce????
When the fuck the links on the forum lead you to Sherdog
I am comparing apples to apples, Pride was a dead organization that the UFC purchased (same as Strikeforce and WEC for that matter). Dan Henderson was the Pride LHW and MW champion, Dan Henderson got a fight with Rampage and lost (his first fight back with the UFC) and after that loss he was given a fight with Anderson Silva.
You are sticking with your emotions believing Pride was a grand organization (which it was and I do not disagree with you), but you are dismissing that Strikeforce, like Pride, was a rival organization that the UFC purchased and are now absorbing their talent and champions (just as they did with both Pride and the WEC).
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, since the MW division is in flux and Weidman has not really made much of a name for himself and I believe the UFC could/would have an easier time to promote Rockhold as a champion of another org (They did so fairly well with Jake Shields when they bought him out) than they would with Weidman.
Look, I know what Pride and the competitors of Pride brought to MMA and how having Pride around made the UFC a much better organization by way of competition. I as well know that Dan Henderson by far is one of the best to ever step foot in MMA but I am comparing the situations...if you get upset by that, I cannot help you.
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