MMA pride 2007 plans

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  1. Kuet

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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Wednesday, January 03, 2007 - by Al Yu - MMAWeekly.com[/FONT]

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    2006 was a turbulent year for Dream Stage Entertainment, the parent company of Pride Fighting Championships. After losing their lucrative television contract with FujiTV, the company has been unsuccessful in securing another television deal with the remaining major broadcasting companies. The loss was a huge setback but it didn’t deter the company from making its debut on American soil.

    Back in December, DSE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara took part in an interview that was published in the Japanese magazine Kami Pro. In the interview, Sakakibara was unusually candid and acknowledged the UFC’s large control of the American MMA market. “The UFC is getting 600,000 Pay-Per-View buys. We cannot catch up with the UFC at this rate. If we can’t get a share of the U.S. market, we won’t be able to keep the best fighters.” Sakakibara also admitted that their debut in the American market was late and should have been made at the beginning of 2006. “We held Pride 32 in Las Vegas back in October but it was too late...10 months too late.”

    Despite their setbacks, DSE will continue its journey into the growing American MMA market. “Among sports today, MMA is the only sport where the best fighters come to compete in Japan. But the situation is changing now. If Pride wants to keep its number one status, we have to make the move to the U.S."

    “Pride fighters love the organization,” added Sakakibara. “However, when other promotions offer 30%-40% more money, it’s possible that fighters may leave. We do our best to stay competitive.” Recently, the UFC announced that Pride Open Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic would make his debut with the organization in February. For Pride, the departure of the Croatian fighter was a huge loss. Ranked as the #2 heavyweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.com, Mirko’s acquisition bolsters the UFC’s heavyweight division.

    “The UFC made an official announcement on Dec. 30 that Mr. Mirko “Cro Cop” will fight in the octagon. As for DSE, we support his fighting spirit and as a Pride fighter we wish him good luck. We hope he does well and wins the UFC belt,” commented Sakakibara. “There are still things that Mirko can do in the Pride ring such as a rematch with Fedor and a rematch against Nogueira. There are things that he hasn’t finished yet. So after challenging the UFC, I hope that he will come back to Pride and partake in these fights. I would like to give him a very good sendoff.”

    After a tumultuous 2006, DSE ended the year on a positive note with their Otoko Matsuri (Shockwave) show. So what can we expect of Pride in 2007?

    DSE have announced plans to introduce a super heavyweight division. Inspired by James Thompson’s recent upset over Hidehiko Yoshida, DSE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara mentioned that the company may hold a “Monster Grand Prix” consisting of the best super heavyweight fighters from around the world. Sakakibara further noted that he’s not “looking for low caliber fighters like Akebono, but super heavyweight fighters with real skill.”

    In addition to the new weight division, Sakakibara announced that this year’s Grand Prix will consist of lightweight fighters. “I think the lightweight leaders are Japanese fighters. I think lightweights have the biggest momentum right now. They are hungrier than the fighters in any other weight class. I would like to make the official announcement that we will have a lightweight Grand Prix next year [2007]. I am very confident that the lightweight division is the key to our success. The opening round will be in May of 2007.”

    DSE has released a schedule of their events in 2007 and the company plans to hold four of its ten events in America. In addition to further establishing Pride in the U.S., Sakakibara stated that they will aggressively continue to pursue a television contract in Japan.

    “In terms of promotional media, television broadcasting is very important. So we’d like to aim for a return to television as soon as possible; we can’t just wait anymore. As Mr. Takada said, the year 2007 will be the year of change and challenge. We have to be aggressive and we have to think of ways of securing another television deal. Personally speaking, we regret that we did not have television broadcasting for Otoko Matsuri. I feel sorry for the fighters and people who worked on this show because we were not able to communicate our passion through the TV. We would like to go back to television broadcasting and compete with different kinds of shows and get good ratings. Competing against other organizations is healthy. I wish we could have done that this year for New Year’s Eve. I would like to have seen what kind of ratings we would have gotten. Because of the quality of the show, I am sure we can make a return to television.”

    Furthermore, Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated that he would go as far as to resign from his position at DSE if it were necessary. “If there are any shortcomings that we have, we’d like to fix them. If my resignation can change everything, then I will quit. I am willing to resign. In the last 6 months, I have been asked ‘what really happened?’ There are a lot of rumors. Did anything happen? No. We are showing you the truth.”


    Pride Fighting Championships 2007 Schedule:

    February 24th - America - Las Vegas – Pride 33: Second Coming
    April 8th - Japan – Pride 34
    April 28th - America - Las Vegas – Pride 35
    Late May - Japan - Pride lightweight GP Opening Round
    Late June - America - California – Pride 36
    Late July - Japan - Nagoya - Pride lightweight GP 2nd Round
    Late August - Japan - Osaka – Pride 37
    Late September - Japan - Tokyo - Pride lightweight GP Final Round
    Late October - America - Las Vegas – Pride 38
    December 31st - Japan - Pride Otoko Matsuri (Shockwave) 2007



     
  2. Kuet

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    hopefully the year 2007 wil be good for all organizations, let MMA grow bitches!!
     
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    Super HWs? Who would they consider in that weight class? Hunt and Ricco are the only 2 that come to mind.
     
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    Emmanuel Yarlborough for super heavyweight
     
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    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    the best part is fedor sleepin in the background
     
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    yeah how many super heavys will they find, Thompson, Zulu....giant silva??
     
  8. Skeletor

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    holy shit, Pride 36 in CA in june :eek3:




    I must go, by any means necessary.


    edit: fucking beat :wtc: Muscle you should pick me up and we'll go together... I'll be your sugar daddy for the night :naughty:
     
  9. Skeletor

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    Aleks might qualify, he's 260 right?

    If 205 is LHW and HW's typically go from 230ish and up, I'd think 260 is a good cutoff point.
     
  10. Skeletor

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    :werd: I like where the UFC is going, but I also don't want to see Pride die, it's my favorite. I hope they get a good portion of the American market and MMA becomes more popular as a skilled fighting thing rather than just a way to see guys brawl and get bloodied (which is the UFC's purpose to a large portion of its viewers). I think Pride will do that better than any other organization around because they still have most of the best fighters in terms of technical skill.


    And on one hand, having Mirko come over and clean shop for UFC's HW division may spark even more interest in the UFC, it may also make people realize that, if Mirko was beaten by Fedor, then he was the better fighter and therefore Pride may have higher caliber guys. Just one angle to consider.
     
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    McClane Who Killed Marilyn?

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    Aleks is 250ish I think.
     
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    weren't there rumors of Aleks coming to the UFC as well?
     
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    I think Hunt is going to lose weight like he said and fit into the normal HW class
     
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    I also don't think there additional US MMA shows are going to do as good, there are only so many hardcore MMA fans in the US...frankly I think that they would only get good numbers if they had one or maybe two shows a year, not 3-4
     
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    well if there were talks of it, i dont think aleks would have anything to do with ufc anymore:mamoru:
     
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    If that's what he wants to do he'll most likely not be able to, as he has a criminal record for armed robbery, and getting a visa to the US would be a problem.
     
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    Lol, he pwned akebono.


    1. This will be a huge year for both companies. Crocop to the UFC, just as big as pride losing Crocop. Aleks's year of redemption. Fedor has already swept out all competition (except for mark hunt, who totally almost submitted Fedor with less than 2 years submissions training). Sudo and Yamamoto are gone. Maybe...2007 could even be the year of the Deey-vee-deeys. But more likely, year of the ex-pride fighters.

    (also, Wanderlei makes a comback from a huge loss. He's lost before, so this isn't too big a deal.)

    DSE has taken huge blows especially with that yakuza scandal. the UFC CLEARLY won 2006, this is a fucking crucial year for Pride. I fear that if Pride does not make a comeback this year (which, i'm not sure how they would do it. certainly not with a fucking super hw tourney).

    If the UFC wins 2007, I do not think Pride can possibly make a comeback. And i do not think a UFC monopoly is good for the sport. Fuck you Dana White, you penis
     
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    I also think it is the responsibility of every true MMA fan to help pride out in their time of need and spread the word of Pride.
     
  19. Skeletor

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    Too bad, cause he would stand up well against Tim Sylvia too just as well as Mirko. I think his boxing is so great that he'd take out Sylvia with great ease... only problem there is that he'd have to fight Mirko again and that would not end well for him as we've already seen.
     
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    PRIDE will be on ESPN and take a shit on dana white's front lawn
     
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    I would love to see aleks in a super HW tourney.
     
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    what was that? was somebody speaking?:)
     

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