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Old 09-03-2012, 05:02 AM #1
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What mainly caused Pride to go out of business? Was it declining ticket sales, loss of a TV contract or the alleged Yakuza ties? Just trying to find out more about why they went under, as I didn't get to watch them much live, but have been more lately, since getting to see more of their shows on DVD.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:35 AM #2
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They didn't go under...the got bought up by Zuffa (UFC) who shut it down and took over their roster of fighters.

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:24 AM #3
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:07 PM #4
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So why did they have to sell the company to the UFC owners?
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It was all 3. Pride lost their TV deal because of speculations of them being associated with the Yakuza. They also had declining ticket sales compared to the year prior when it was really hot.

The guys knew that no tv deal = no success thankfully so they just sold it to Zuffa which then decided to make it dead after they said they wouldn't, as usual.

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Mainly due to the TV deal, in its Prime 2002-2005 it was HUGE I mean it could fill out stadiums and it did. Yakuza led to its demise. UFC was playing second fiddle to Pride until 2007.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:17 PM #7
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yakuza connections became public.

in japan yakuza is a no-no. so they dumped the stock immediately and zuffa bought it up.

thus pride died.
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A combination of Corruption, Money (or lack thereof) and Yakuza influences.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:14 AM #9
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Just like everything else in Japan. MMA was a fad and it died out with Kickboxing.
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Pride was a very dirt organization according to Chael Sonnen
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