In case you’re not a sports fan or have other things to do, Zuffa LLC (the owners of the UFC and WEC) have purchased Pride Fighting Championship. To be more specific Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, III have bought Pride.
Pride will be officially owned by Pride FC Worldwide LLC with its President being Lorenzo Fertitta.
What does this mean?
Well for one, it means that the two biggest organizations are more or less under one umbrella. The biggest match ups in MMA will now take place such as Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva or Dan Henderson vs Anderson Silva.
For those of you who don’t know this sport (or what I do) I now work for the biggest fight organization in the World. Seriously.
These two organizations are the biggest in the World. Pride sells out major Arenas in Japan. To put this into perspective I think Lorenzo Fertitta said it best. He compared this to ‘the NFL merging with the AFC.’
In any event I was at work at 4:30 am yesterday due to the 16 hour time difference and when the announcement was done.
I don’t know yet what this means for me. I’m sure whatever it does mean will trickle down to me eventually but in any event I think I better refresh my Japanese.