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  • 07-05-2006, 09:04 PM
    It could be true that Pride is run by the yakuzans.The Yukuzans supposedly run some of the pro wrestling companies over there.
  • 07-05-2006, 03:09 PM
    So if that is that, i mean the allegations....then i can understand how pride can afford to pay their fighters the kind of money they do. Really sad tho, since Pride is the best organisation atm fighterwise.
  • 07-05-2006, 01:18 PM
    By the way, I posted this thread to big up Strikeforce, WEC etc. I know my views on Pride are pessemistic, but it's not all bad news.

    Let's talk about IFL!!!!!
  • 07-05-2006, 01:16 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by noren
    Whats with pride and yakuza, seems like i´ve missed this thing completly... anyone wanna tell me what its all about?
    DSE (owners of Pride FC) are being heavily investigated by Japanese police due to the fact that they are run by the Japanese mafia (yakuza). Fuji TV have decided to drop all DSE programmes from it's schedule due to the investigation. Fuji TV is the main sponsors of Pride & as such the revenue will dry up.
    No revenue, no money to pay fighters. No fighters.

    As said this is allegations at the moment, but no smoke without fire.

    Incidentally NOT everything in Japan is involved with yakuza & to suggest otherwise is pathetic. Also I would say that if Pride FC folded it would be a travesty for the sport, however mma has enough bad press at the moment with the uninformed & their TV shows & it does not need this.
  • 07-05-2006, 10:09 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaShogunRua
    I don't really think Pride is going into the shitter yet. They still have alot going for them right now. They have the Bushido GP going on, the OWGP, the US Debut in October, and the NYE show left this year. The Fuji TV thing really hurts, but I think they can overcome it in the long run if everything goes right. I wouldn't be completely shocked if they folded, but it would definitely suck.
    ya since they have most of the best fighters in the world, fedor, wand , nog, etc.
  • 07-05-2006, 10:08 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by absoface78
    I think the competition is good for the biz...It keeps the pool of fighters circulating and makes it a little easier to get noticed. I kind of hope PRIDE goes in the shitter, cuz then it would force all of these "PRIDE HW's would kick UFC's HW's any day" arguments to happen in some venue.

    And, just for the record, PRIDE is way better
    thank you
  • 07-05-2006, 10:08 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Alvin
    Is it just me or has there been a huge influx of legitimate mma organizations in the US recently.

    Up to about a year ago there was really only the UFC & it's closest "competitor" was Rumble on The Rock & King Of The Cage.

    Now we got more emphasis & better cards on promotions like Strikeforce, WEC, WFA, IFL etc. All of which have blown ROTR way down the pecking order of top draw promo's.

    Can't help think that this is a good thing as I really do have a feeling Pride is going down the shitter.
    you are out of control
  • 07-05-2006, 10:02 AM
    Whats with pride and yakuza, seems like i´ve missed this thing completly... anyone wanna tell me what its all about?
  • 07-04-2006, 11:05 PM
    everything in Japan is involved with Yakuza. Fuji TV is probably involved with Yakuza as well.

    The whole DSE/Fuji TV thing mostly had to do with DSE trying to sell Bushido rights to Fox Sports and other TV companies under Fuji TV's nose. Even Fuji TV reps said that it had nothing to do with Yakuza ties.

    I'm not saying Pride is gonna be around forever. But you are a little too quick to bury them.

    I would bank on seeing the end of the OWGP considering it's gonna be on September 10th. I don't see Pride folding that quickly.
  • 07-04-2006, 11:01 PM
    Critical Countdown was still a good show because Pride had a lot of big name talent already under contract before the scandals broke. What happens though a year from now when a lot of those fighters run up. It will be very interesting to see how many of the big name fighters that Pride will be able to keep under contract.
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