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Archive for March, 2007

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Nikkan Sports: UFC & PRIDE will be like Raw & Smackdown

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Today’s edition of Nikkan Sports has an article titled UFC & PRIDE adopting the WWE method. In short, the article claims that UFC is purchasing PRIDE and that the formula for Zuffa with UFC & PRIDE will be similar to Raw & Smackdown in terms of talent distribution and operations. In other […]

Sunday news grind: Brock Lesnar may draw some fans

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

We could all use a vacation. Very interesting comments from Dana White to Sherdog on Saturday night about a PRIDE asset sale. The words to focus on are “not a concrete deal.” While some readers will take a stance that the various Japanese media outlets (like Yomiuri Hochi, Miruhon, etc.) are exaggerating about what will […]

Yomiuri: Fedor in BodogFight long-term

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Today’s Yomiuri Hochi newspaper has a report claiming that PRIDE Heavyweight champion Emelianenko Fedor has signed a long-term deal with Calvin Ayre’s BodogFight promotion. The initial thought was that Fedor’s match against Matt Lindland on 4/14 in St. Petersburg, Russia would be on an individual fight contract. However, the Japanese newspaper says […]

Saturday media slam – Japanese newspapers go wild

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on our interview with Ed Fishman. Post a comment if you get the chance. Click full-page view to see what the Japanese newspapers and fight media are saying about UFC’s purchase of PRIDE.

Fight Opinion Radio #43: Ed Fishman

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

We have an outstanding interview this week with Ed Fishman, former PRIDE USA President. In this 70-minute interview, Ed discusses the Fishman Companies lawsuit versus Dream Stage Entertainment. There are some very intriguing facts coming out of this interview that you have not heard anywhere else. We have interviewed a lot of power brokers in […]

Friday fight talk: Butterbean in a PRIDE dream match

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

If anyone out there is an expert with WordPress on the technical side, e-mail me. Thanks. PRIDE’s Japanese HP is promoting a press conference for 3/27 (Tuesday) at 6 PM JST at Roppongi Hills Arena. It’s being marketed as an “important announcement” to be made to both fans and the mass media.

Meltzer: Sakakibara tells PRIDE staff the company is sold

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Report here: –Nobuyuki Sakakibara yesterday told several members of the U.S. Pride staff that the company is in the proces of being sold to Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta. He said the agreement in principal is done but there are still some minor points to be worked out and the contract is not signed. Sakakibara said […]

HEROs at LA Coliseum

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

On the various Japanese hardcore MMA web sites, there has been discussion the past couple of weeks about K-1’s first big HERO’s show in America happening at a large facility in Los Angeles. According to Matt Donovan of BZA PR, a press release has been issued for HERO’s first event at the very big LA […]

Thursday legal talk: PRIDE, Fishman, and The Fertitta Brothers

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

By Zach Arnold On Jim Rome is Burning, ESPN TV personality Jim Rome announced that on his show tomorrow, PRIDE double-crown champion Dan Henderson will be on a correspondent’s segment. According to the Clark County Court District web site, judge Timothy C Williams has been assigned to the Fishman Companies vs. DSE case (case number […]

Ed Fishman interview on Sherdog radio

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

By Zach Arnold Some quick notes from the Ed Fishman interview on the Wednesday Beatdown Radio show.

Wednesday media workout – DanHen mania

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

It’s a busy media story day. The venerable Mike Sawyer sent me a ridiculous press release for Cage Fury Fighting Championship 5 show on June 16th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Why is it ridiculous? The main event is a fight under MMA rules between boxer Ray Mercer and Kimbo Slice. We hear from […]

Fishman Companies vs. DSE

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

By Zach Arnold Fishman Companies (Ed Fishman), through attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck P.C., filed a lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada on Monday against Dream Stage Entertainment Inc., Dream Stage Entertainment (Japanese branch), and “does i-x.” The “does i-x” is a generic term for unknown individuals related to PRIDE that the court can later […]

Tuesday turkey talk: More debate about PRIDE sold or not sold

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Greg Savage and Josh Gross on the latest with the UFC/PRIDE rumors. The bottom part of the article is the one that I’ve focused on, which is that unless Zuffa buys DSE Inc. itself it’s going to be very difficult to enforce any of those Japanese fight contracts. Plus, a lot of the top guys […]

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