Brace yourselves: the zombie corpse of PRIDE may be rising again. After the UFC bought the Japanese MMA promotion out and shuttered it, many of the former employees started throwing events under the DREAM moniker, first with K-1 owners FEG and then Dutch kickboxing company GLORY, who basically took the company over forcibly in court. Now…
Word is spreading that the former management of Real Entertainment has separated itself from GLORY within the past few weeks.
Sources out of Japan have indicated to AsianMMA.com that the former Real Entertainment management also has planned a July event. A venue, date, and pretty much anything that makes up a show have not been detailed.
We spoke to several people within the industry that have indicated that while talk of a July show is very real, management from Real Entertainment simply do not have the money to poor into another show. Most of the old players are finally moving on to new projects and have realized that there is no place for them in the sport at the present time.
But why should not having proper financial backing or a decent long term plan stop these guys from moving forward on an event? It’s never stopped them in the past. I know we’re supposed to be all PRIDE NEVER DIE, but come on guys. PRIDE BE DEAD. MMA in Japan needs new stewardship if it’s ever going to be more than a shadow of its former self.