Alright, I was just looking at some things.
1) Ricardo Arona - There has been no mention of this guy at all by Pride. I was thinking he could have been one of the participants in the OWGP but no. I really wonder what happened there with this
2) Wand. Silva - With him coming out saying he doesn't have a contract with Pride, I really wonder whats going to happen here. It seems like neither of them are really budging from everything I've read. Maybe Wand is going to leave Pride and come to the states. He'd be in huge demand over here
3) Mark Coleman - Baroni came here and as we've seen with the updated OWGP card, he's not going to be a part of the OWGP. It's interesting though because on Pride 31's commentary, they mention that Coleman would be in the tournament. Now, with Baroni making it official, I really wonder why the hell not. He would have been a good fit in the OWGP. I also read on here that someone said he is looking to come fight in the states. With the IFL coming out and saying they will be annoucing more teams, do you think Coleman will be the coach for one of these teams? I'm really wondering where this story is going to go
4) Bas Rutten - Probably the most entertaining and best commentator in the game has left Pride because Pride didn't show enough interest in him.
My point here being, his Pride losing some of their talent and just getting lazy? It seems like they don't care anymore. They could have made the OWGP the best card in history but instead, put mediocre matches for the first round, put about 3 guys out of the heavyweight division in the entire thing, and basically just made a premature Heavyweight Grand Prix. I really have to wonder what the hell is going on over there in Pride right now.
I know that Mr. Sakakibara is going through some hard times with the Yakuza incident over there but one has to think someone else in that front office would have the know how to make a decent card. I'm just not sure if Pride has their head straight. What do you guys think about this? There is a lot more instances than just those 4 but those were the ones that have came to mind. Personally, I'd love to see all 3 of those guys fight here in the states. Could you imagine Liddell vs. Arona or Wand. vs. Liddell? A dream match. Coleman coaching an IFL team or better yet, fighting in the UFC heavyweight division?
With Wand saying that a promotion that is going to rival the UFC (My guess being the WFA with how they are snagging up talent right now) offering him $500k plus PPV % to come to the promotion, I see a lot of things coming out of this.