So you know I am not some fanboy just spouting from the hip, so dont jump on me like I am. Nobody is jumping on you.
PRIDE .. WAS ... the premier league for fighting my comment was in reference to ELITEXC not Pride, as per my earlier comments. Pride lost its license to air on TV because of its ties to the Yakuza. The Fertitta brothers then stepped in and bought it because PRIDE didnt have a venue for PPV anymore.
Pride 33 in Vegas was their attempt at breaking into the USA, they hired a US Pride President ( who has since been let go ) and Frank Trigg as an announcer. Frank Trigg was just fired by Dana White as one of his first acts as new owner. Frank was a great announcer, but his insults of Dana white made his firing once the UFC took over inevitable.
Since the UFC Owners have now brought over all the big name pride fighters to fight in the UFC. Namely Shogun, Dan Henderson, Crocop Wanderlei Silva ( whom is going to fight Chuck liddell next) , and the list goes on, the UFC is the dominant game in town and pride is a much less attractive league.
There is now talks of a Pride vs UFC super-ppv but it will be hard to put together with all the top name Pride fighters now signed to the ufc.