Pride cancels April US show
03-05-2007 12:45 PM
Pride cancels April US show
MMAWeekly has confirmed that Pride’s April 28th show in the U.S. has been canceled. The event listing has been removed from the schedule on Pride’s official website.
The cancellation follows news of President of Pride USA Ed Fishman’s potential lawsuit with Dream Stage Entertainment, parent company of Pride Fighting Championships. Following Pride 33, Fishman and Pride had a falling out due to disagreements over several issues. Part of the rift stems from differing views on business agreements in the United States, and part of the rift stems from Fishman’s public push to buy Pride outright.
Sources close to MMAWeekly have reported that DSE offered to buy Ed Fishman out of his contract and relieve him of his duties as President of Pride USA, but that there is a dispute over the dollar amount that would be owed to Fishman if a buyout were to take place. Fishman is apparently prepared to pursue legal action on the matter.
All of this has come to a head recently due to Pride’s heavily rumored financial troubles. Pride has received multiple offers for the company’s purchase, with the two most prominent coming from Zuffa (the UFC’s parent company) and Fishman. DSE has consistently denied that Pride is for sale.
Sounds like Pride is close to done. Bad news.
03-05-2007 12:58 PM
sad. Pride seemed like a great organization on the outside. Oh, well. More fighters for the UFC.
03-05-2007 01:37 PM
I would love to be the Pres of Pride USA. What a kickass job that would be.
03-05-2007 02:29 PM
Avant's #1 Stunna'
Man, this sucks. I hope whatever happens, Pride as we know it stays intact. I love their fights and production values.
03-05-2007 03:07 PM
This is unfortunate b/c the last card in the USA turned out to be a night of excellent fights. Also, I certainly hope Pride does not get taken over by the UFC.
03-05-2007 03:21 PM
Rumors of Pride's imminent demise and subsequent purchase by Zuffa or another entity are a weekly occurrence.
03-05-2007 03:49 PM
Running with the Big Boys
If there is anything sacred left in this world, then PRIDE will remain. I would hate to see Zuffa buy out PRIDE.
03-05-2007 05:46 PM
Ditto. No major organization with kicks/knees to a downed opponent= a very sad Alexandrovich. Not to mention all the other great things Pride has to offer.
Originally Posted by Rodja
03-05-2007 06:20 PM
This sucks on many levels.
Probably losing an April Pride.
A nasty, who knows?, control battle for Pride. Makes me think of the prequel to the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, not having already been made because New Line and Peter Jackson have been in legal wranglings.
And Zuffa possibly buying this, lack of competition in the marketplace is generally not good for the consumer.
03-05-2007 06:56 PM
Apparently the site has been hacked. I hope it is true, b/c if you go here: Pan Pacific Fiber, Inc You will not find Pride's site, it is Pan Pacific Fiber, Inc. I hope this explains the cancellation.
03-05-2007 07:08 PM
Their main site, that I know of, is Pridefc.com, that's up.
Get off the Nyquil, Chuckwulf.
03-05-2007 07:13 PM
Rogue, type in the site that you posted. That is what I wrote in the post, and it brought me there.
03-05-2007 07:17 PM
? It's working for me in my browser when typed straight in, but you are right, it copy and pastes as Pan Fiber.
Pan Pacific Fiber, Inc which takes one to the right site.
I don't know.
03-05-2007 07:40 PM
Look at your post, Rogue
And when you're done, pass the mutha****in' Nyquil
Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
03-05-2007 10:20 PM
Yeah, like airing the entire fight card, what a concept. But the UFC would rather run advertisements and repeat the same 10 min promo 3 times in a row.
Originally Posted by Alexander
And there's no reason Pride couldn't have had a show in California and the Staples center would be an ideal location.
I agree with Alex that the Unified rules need to be amended to allow knees to a grounded opponent and hopefully the UFC will help push this too.
03-06-2007 10:51 AM
Yep. I don't like how there are safety zones where people can hide. Knees on the ground aren't more damaging than knees standing.
Originally Posted by ersatz
03-06-2007 03:02 PM
is it true that pride fighters are able to use steroids?
03-06-2007 03:22 PM
They don't test for them in events in Japan so usually they are free to use them. In Prides' US shows they have to follow the US rules which require it and few guys got clipped in their 1st US show.
03-06-2007 03:30 PM
Running with the Big Boys
Steroids are legal in Japan so they don't test for them; neither does K-1, DEEP, Shooto, Pancrase, and every other Japanese org.
Originally Posted by ModelMike
03-06-2007 06:41 PM
This whole situation is no good. But to be honest, Pride was running two shows in the month of April, the 8th and 28th. They also lost a lot of fighters to NSAC medical suspensions. This puts a lot of strain on their roster as well as production costs and what not.
I think it would be in their best interest to run only one show per month and alternate between the US and Japan. This gives fighters ample time to recover from medical suspensions and maintain a healthy balance with their roster.
My major concern is the whole business with Ed Fishman. That news is far more disastrous to Pride's financial situation. However, a break with US Operations could also be a move to stifle Fishman's influence in the company until something can be settled.
Who knows?? The whole thing pretty much stinks and I am very concerned that the UFC will monopolize the MMA market.
Oh yeah, Unified Rules are in order. Steroids and Striking.
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