It’s been nearly three years since Zuffa bought PRIDE Fighting Championships, and at this point it’s been pretty much understood that PRIDE is dead. Or is it?
Apparently, Dana White is pleased with the ratings from the “Best of PRIDE” series premiere on Spike, and wouldn’t rule out a potential PRIDE event if the numbers grow.
“You never know, anything is possible,” said White when asked if he’d consider hosting an event or two in a ring under the Pride brand.
“For its time slot on Friday night, the first episode pulled a good rating so we’re excited about that. We’re hoping that series will continue to do well.”
“I don’t want to say the Pride name is dead. It’s still a strong powerful brand. But the reality is that us running Pride in Japan, that completely fell apart.”
As someone who fell in love with this sport because of PRIDE, it pains me to say this, but I’m not sure bringing back PRIDE would be the best idea. Not that it’s likely to happen anyways, but without DSE to produce the event, the soccer kicks, foot stomps, yellow cards, Lenne Hardt (screaming announcing lady), etc. it just wouldn’t be the same. I think I’d rather have no PRIDE than a watered down version. Some things are just better left in the past.
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