Originally Posted by NinjaShogunRua
That's not the total reason, but on UFC's behalf it has some to do with it. I think on Pride's behalf it has more to do with the Yakuza scandal and losing their contract with Fuji TV.
Wow...this is the first I have heard of the PRIDE scandal (I have just recently started reading the MMA boards), but it looks like UFC is really taking advantage of the situation. I can easily see a long term relationship between the two and maybe even a merger in a few years if PRIDE does not get back on TV and completely lose the Yakuza ties.
I think this is a good situation for MMA fans; we get to see more big name stars that were exclusive to one organization or another.