UFC Pride Deal Done!

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According to a post UFC 71 press conference Dana White announced that the Zuffa’s acquisition of Pride has been finalized. Sherdog broke the story last week, but the UFC made it official.

Weâ“‚¬“„¢re still trying to figure out this whole Pride and UFC thing. The deal is done. We acquired the company yesterday or the day beforeâ“‚¬Â¦. Talking about all the Pride stuff, weâ“‚¬“„¢re going to work on that stuff over the next [weeks] now that the deal is officially closed. You canâ“‚¬“„¢t start running a business when you donâ“‚¬“„¢t own it yet. Weâ“‚¬“„¢ve owned it for two days. I know we made the big announcement [on March 27], but it might have been a little premature. The deal wasnâ“‚¬“„¢t done yet. The deal was pending, but we were far enough along where we felt comfortable announcing the deal. Now that itâ“‚¬“„¢s closed two days ago, weâ“‚¬“„¢ll get that straightened out

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UFC News : Rumor Zuffa LLC Acquisition of Pride FC Finalized

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According to Sherdog.com, the purchase of Pride FC by the Zuffa LLc has been finalized. The deal was supposed to close on May 1, but that day came and passed with no word. Sherdog was first to report on the original deal, so I am pretty confident that this rumor is indeed true.

However, two sources tell Sherdog.com that the deal has in fact been finalized

Earlier in the week reports of a class action lawsuit filed against Pride FC parent company Dream Stage Entertainment, on behalf of a number of Pride fighters surfaced. Dana White on Thursday denied all knowledge of the class action suit.

UFC Conference Call Recap

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According to MMANEWS, who was in on the conference call with UFC president Dana White and Mirko CroCop, Dana confirmed and denied some big rumors floating around. Here is some of the major points as reported.

Key Points in Conference Call

  • Pride will adopt the UFC Unified rules and weight classes.
  • No UFC fighter will fight on Prides Lightweight Grand Prix.
  • Dana White is pissed still at Tito Ortiz, not a surprise.
  • As reported earlier, HBO deal signed.
  • ESPN will cover UFC weigh in from now on
  • Nogueira’s contract was up with Pride, so the UFC signed him last week. He is rumored to be facing Brandon Vera.