In a recent Interview with DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Sakakibara gives a detail explanation of his decision to sell off PRIDE FC. In the interview his passion for Pride FC as well as MMA can be clearly felt. He goes to say that the Fertittas were the best suitors for Pride. Sakakibara gives these statements, referring to PRIDE FC at his “daughter”:
That’s why I can’t give my “daughter” to a spoiled rich kid like BodogFight or Elite XC (laughing).
Lorenzo and Frank love this sport, and they have experienced many hardships and learned a lot.
No matter how rich he is, he has to love your “daughter” to marry her.
This years PRIDE Light-Weight Grand Prix tournament on May 20 could have UFC fighters competing against PRIDE fighters for top contender status. This is what the benefit the merger brings. The top fighters in the world competing to see who is best.
In fact, PRIDE Light-Weight Grand Prix on May 20 will be full of top UFC fighters. It will be the best place for deciding who the best lightweight fighter in the world is. This is the first benefit that the Ã¢â‚¬ËœunionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ brings about.