UFC Pride Deal Done!

UFC acquires pride fc

UFC acquires pride fc

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.

Weâ“‚¬“„¢re still trying to figure out this whole Pride and UFC thing. The deal is done. We acquired the company yesterday or the day beforeâ“‚¬Â¦. Talking about all the Pride stuff, weâ“‚¬“„¢re going to work on that stuff over the next [weeks] now that the deal is officially closed. You canâ“‚¬“„¢t start running a business when you donâ“‚¬“„¢t own it yet. Weâ“‚¬“„¢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 wasnâ“‚¬“„¢t done yet. The deal was pending, but we were far enough along where we felt comfortable announcing the deal. Now that itâ“‚¬“„¢s closed two days ago, weâ“‚¬“„¢ll get that straightened out



  1. Chubbs

    May 29, 2007 at 4:49 am

    This acquisition will finally answer the question who the best in the world is, no more of this pride is better than the ufc, or the ufc is better than pride crap. The fans will get to see who the top fighters in the world are and there will never be a lack of great competition. All the great fighters will end up fighting against each other not picking one orginization over another. While i do support the purchase of pride, i do however think that it brings up one more question for debate. What should the fighters be competing in a cage, or a ring. Both create diffrent enviroments and benifet certain types of fighting, while the purchase bridged the gap we still have a long way to go.

  2. Adrian

    May 29, 2007 at 7:02 am

    I can't stand the ring. Fighters are always falling out, referees are always having to move the fighters or reset them to the center of the ring. Let the ring be for boxing. I prefer the cage, but really I would like to see a huge Plexiglas cage, with nothing blocking the view. Kinda like a huge aquarium. lets see them hold on to the cage in that. But that is just me.

  3. Mikey

    May 29, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I think the ring and ropes are just sentimental. They serve no real purpose in this sport and remind me of the WWE where when they touch a rope the action breaks.

    I like the cage because it feels open to the public and they are a part of the action with the fighters. I see what your getting at and maybe there will be something like that one day. Right now they have cameras inside though so you can see the action pretty good.

    The cage also serves a purpose because it allows fighters to trap their opponents and the opponents to use their feet for positioning with the cage. It gives and allows fighters to fight up against without causing much damage.

    But if there is ever a glass enclosure you can bet I would use it to bounce my opponents head off of.

  4. Kash

    May 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Definitely the ring sucks, cage is the best. The glass might be a good idea, especially for another organization looking to set itself apart from the UFC.

  5. Judy Hansen

    May 31, 2007 at 1:47 am

    Let the wars begin! Is Fedor going to sign? Can't wait to watch that animal fight. Can this shit get any better!!! As for the ring, CAGE! Pride fighters will just have to adjust & I'm sure it wont take em long to figure out the advantages.

  6. whodini

    July 5, 2007 at 12:34 am

    the ropes rule makes the fighters stay in middle of the ring and take it not lay up against the cage and rest

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