Originally Posted by docjoyce
I am stunned that he is going to be a UFC fighter. Its just whicked.
I love pride though, Im really worried about the future for them.
If they are financially stable enough to continue, all is well, they still dominate the UFC and any other organization in terms of talent and depth.
Cro Cop is a huge pickup, single handedly the biggest pickup in UFC history IMO, St. Pierre was a great pickup as well however he is not as tested as Cro Cop as of yet and needs to face some well rounded fighters (Trigg does not fit that criteria) but Pride still has Fedor, Big Nog, Gomi, Wanderlei, Shogun, Barnett, Hunt, Filho, Kang, Hendo, Arona, Lil Nog, Kharitonov, Aleks, Fujita, Nak, Mach, Kawajiri, Ishida, Hansen, Aoki, Melendez, Overeem, Igor (if he returns once he is fully healed, I know he is very old now and his injury has kept him out of the ring for well over a year now), Randleman, etc.
If Pride makes enough money to stay in business I still see them getting the vast majority of the future world class fighters, even with the UFC paying more, Pride is far better at recruiting world class fighters.
As long as Pride stays alive MMA will be ok, if Pride goes down, I see the UFC doing some silly shit that will tarnish the sport. With no Pride that would mean no major competition and then there would be nothing stopping the Monopoly. It would result in tons more PPV's and because they would have the overwhelpming talent pool, they would simply just beat the other orgs cards by a little somthing, not stack cards like they would be capable of so we would get watered down fight cards.
Just my theory on what would happen if the UFC monopolized the MMA market.