No way in hell they'll ever get Sakuraba-Rickson, they'd be damn lucky to get Sakuraba-Royce II, Sakuraba-Royler II, or even Sakuraba-Rodrigo. Rickson will never fight. His myth will be exposed and a lot of people will get a major reality check.
Yeah I heard the same thing you did. I mentioned above how Saku was wanting to be in the WW Tourney but PRIDE encouraged him (probably financially) to continue fighting beasts instead. What a missed opportunity, I mean sure Gomi eventually became a star but Bushido was initially considered by most to become a flop. How that's possible when you've got a lighter guy (since the concept was to feature them) the likes of Sakuraba to build the entire new series around. I think they fumbled not taking that route.