Sakakibara Interview: PRIDE Light-Weight Grand Prix Will Feature UFC Fighters

Sakakibara resignes from PRIDE FC
In a recent Interview with DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Sakakibara gives a detail explanation of his decision to sell off PRIDE FC. In the interview his passion for Pride FC as well as MMA can be clearly felt. He goes to say that the Fertittas were the best suitors for Pride. Sakakibara gives these statements, referring to PRIDE FC at his “daughter”:

That’s why I can’t give my “daughter” to a spoiled rich kid like BodogFight or Elite XC (laughing).

Lorenzo and Frank love this sport, and they have experienced many hardships and learned a lot.
No matter how rich he is, he has to love your “daughter” to marry her.

This years PRIDE Light-Weight Grand Prix tournament on May 20 could have UFC fighters competing against PRIDE fighters for top contender status. This is what the benefit the merger brings. The top fighters in the world competing to see who is best.

In fact, PRIDE Light-Weight Grand Prix on May 20 will be full of top UFC fighters. It will be the best place for deciding who the best lightweight fighter in the world is. This is the first benefit that the â“‚¬Ëœunionâ“‚¬“„¢ brings about.

Japanese Magazine Kamipro Interview


  1. Mikey

    March 29, 2007 at 8:52 am

    I heard that both are going to basically stay the same for now and they will plan something like this once a year where the top fighters from both can challenge each other. Not bad, it would be like a MMA superbowl.

  2. Adrian

    March 29, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    MMA Superbowl sounds good to me. I think its better to keep them separate and just cross promote occasionally.

  3. Gladiator

    April 20, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Word on the mma street sais Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez will be in the pride lw grand prix

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