Sometimes Zuffa is it’s own worst enemy … every so often they do something obviously stupid that comes back to bite them in the ass. Today you’re beginning to see the result of Zuffa firing all the old Pride employees: wow, who would have thought that all those fight promoters you fired would band together and work for another fight promoter??? You’d have to be fucking Nostrodamus to predict that one!
Depending on who you talk to, the 12/31 show is either a farewell to PRIDE’s loyal fanbase in Japan or possibly the start of something bigger. Many of the employees who were laid off by Zuffa when the PRIDE office in Japan was closed are expected to be involved in promoting the show.
Nothing gets the Japanese fired up like the opportunity to tell gaijin to fuck off, and this show is probably going to be one gigantic FUCK YOU ZUFFA from start to finish with a gigantic middle finger hanging from the rafters and a live feed to a room of naked sumo wrestlers swimming in the yen being made on this show.
Yeah, I know: one show isn’t about to challenge Zuffa or make them regret their actions. But it would be interesting if a year from now people remember this NYE show as the turning point where Zuffa lost it’s grip on their mixed martial arts monopoly (that they only created by dealing the killing blow to the company which has now risen zombie-like from the grave sans the debt that Zuffa nicely cleared out).