Well it appears that Pride’s terrible business year might get worse. First came the news that Pride was unable to get a TV contract for NYE, and Mirko and Barnett both declined a title fight with Fedor (Mirko b/c of foot surgery, Barnett b/c he was burnt out from fighting Aleks/Hunt/Nog/Cro Cop/Nastula), and now it appears that with one fight left on his Pride contract Fedor has signed a temporary deal with BoDog fight. It appears that he will fight Jeff Monson in Russia next March. It will be interesting to contrast how Sylvia fought Monson with how Fedor will, and I’m sure the fans attitude towards the uninspiring piece of crap that was that fight played into this:
Now, Mirko has only one fight left on his contract with DSE and the UFC has approached him with a deal:
Apparently Dana wasn’t pissing around saying he was going to sign the world’s best fighters in 2007. Obviously nothing is official yet, and Fedor could come back to Pride as he has fought in Inoki Bam-Ye before while in Pride, but if Fedor leaves Mirko has no reason to really stick around. In that case, RIP Tim Sylvia, you had a good run.
So, 2007 is looking to be a big year for MMA. Pride could see many of it’s top stars picked off as the company has lost a huge portion of it’s revenue and has no choice but to reinvent itself. If that means more good fighters in the USA then I’m cool with it. I like Pride’s rules and presentation but seeing these guys here would be tops.