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UFC Pride Deal Done!
According to a post UFC 71 press conference Dana White announced that the Zuffa’s acquisition of Pride has been finalized. Sherdog broke the story last week, but the UFC made it official.
WeÃ¢“‚¬“„¢re still trying to figure out this whole Pride and UFC thing. The deal is done. We acquired the company yesterday or the day beforeÃ¢“‚¬Â¦. Talking about all the Pride stuff, weÃ¢“‚¬“„¢re going to work on that stuff over the next [weeks] now that the deal is officially closed. You canÃ¢“‚¬“„¢t start running a business when you donÃ¢“‚¬“„¢t own it yet. WeÃ¢“‚¬“„¢ve owned it for two days. I know we made the big announcement [on March 27], but it might have been a little premature. The deal wasnÃ¢“‚¬“„¢t done yet. The deal was pending, but we were far enough along where we felt comfortable announcing the deal. Now that itÃ¢“‚¬“„¢s closed two days ago, weÃ¢“‚¬“„¢ll get that straightened out