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Rizin from the graveyard of golden oldies

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The old front man of PRIDE is back in front of the cameras, trying to launch an MMA revival in Japan. He has his work cut out for him in more than one way.

PRIDE never die: Fabricio Werdum becomes MMA royalty by submitting Fedor, Cain, and Nogueira

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

In the time span of a decade, Fabricio Werdum has beaten the odds to become MMA royalty by becoming UFC Heavyweight champion. And in the process, he submitted Fedor, Cain, and Nogueira to become the king.

The fishing expedition that could scare potential business clients away from UFC

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

UFC was sued on Tuesday in San Jose (Northern District of California federal court) over alleged anti-trust violations. Even if the plaintiffs don’t win, they may be greasing the skids for future lawsuits against Zuffa.

Fight Opinion Radio: The Mastodon of Verbosity, Mauro Ranallo, on the future of big fights on PPV

Monday, March 17th, 2014

We recently sat down with Showtime play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo to talk turkey about PRIDE’s past and about the future of combat sports on PPV. Plus: Should the UFC consider starting their own minor-league promotion?

The brutal truth: Can Japan become a major player again in the MMA scene?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Unless there are dramatic changes to the current business environment in which the Japanese combat sport scene is promoted around, no new major players will rise to the occasion.

In response to former manager, Mirko Cro Cop digs a deeper hole

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

The battle of words between Mirko Cro Cop and his former manager, Miro Mijatovic, is escalating.

Post-PRIDE five years later: What happened to the main players?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Five years later, the Japanese fight scene is burnt to a crisp after PRIDE’s demise.

Miro Mijatovic: The yakuza’s contract to kill him & PRIDE’s execution

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Miro Mijatovic comments on how PRIDE was politically destroyed.

Miro Mijatovic: Fedor, Mirko, and PRIDE yakuza’s loaded pistols

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Part two of Miro Mijatovic’s interview on Spike TV about the PRIDE scandal.

Miro Mijatovic: The PRIDE yakuza ownership war in Nov. 2003

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Miro Mijatovic, former agent of Fedor & Mirko Cro Cop, says that there was a war brewing between different rival gang factions to control who owned PRIDE.

A miserable Winter for non-UFC Japanese MMA power brokers

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

UFC ran Saitama Super Arena without a hitch. And nobody was there to stop them. Why was that so?

UFC Japan: A wonderful show & a pyrrhic victory?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

A balanced look at the fallout from the UFC Japan 2012 event at Saitama Super Arena.

Mike Fagan: The fifth anniversary of PRIDE 33

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Mike Fagan talks about an event that took place five years ago… an event that became a PRIDE classic.

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