Hardcore fans often look at PRIDE with rose tinted glasses. Because of the cultural divide and lack of insider news, people got a much ‘purer’ experience with the promotion. You watched the show. You enjoyed the show. The end. None of the politics and scandals and other distractions which plagued the company for it’s final two years. However, people tend to think that because they didn’t hear about this stuff, nothing was actually happening.
Well, that’s definately not true. In what I feel should be a HUGE FUCKING BLOW to the credibility to PRIDE, Quinton Jackson has come out and said he was offered a bonus to lose to Sakuraba. Jesus fucking Christ. This is beyond putting a 500 pound man in the ring with Fedor. This is past putting a guy wearing a wrestling mask against CroCop. This is straight out fight fixing. All I can say is WTF?