EvilMaster is correct. It's been watered down already by rule changes and doing away with yellow cards. They say it's unifying the rules but it's forcing your opinion on what MMA rules should be to another country that doesn't even have political pressure against MMA.
Under the old rules Pride was the purest form of MMA there was that had top level comp. It also set it apart and gave it a uniqueness to the watered down American version of MMA. Variety is good and forcing MMA to all be under one set of rules if fucked up IMO. Think if in the future a boxing comp bought the UFC from Zuffa and changed the rules to where there were no strikes to the face allowed at all on the ground. They would say it is better for the sport and would help it to grow further into the mainstream. That would be the same exact thing Zuffa is doing by forcing they're opinions on MMA rules.
Now think of some of your favorite Pride fights that included stomps, soccer kicks, and knees to the head of a downed fighter. Those fights and the excitement from seeing such techniques are gone and thats fucked up. Now I'm just not going to look forward to Shoguns fights as much as before. He was one of my fav fighters because of his use of techniques now takin away by Zuffa.
Some future Pride fighters are just not going to be the classics they would of been still under the old pride rules.
Pride will still be a top level event and the ring still makes it a more pure MMA event then the UFC. We all know and enough fighters have said the cage can be a serious technique killer. Thats why in Pride the level of grappling technique is higher by jumps and bounds. You just dont see the amount of slick sweeps, reversals, and submissions in the UFC due to the cage.
Both Pride USA events were great. Thats what Zuffa Pride is going to be most likely(knocks on wood).
Pride isn't dead, Zuffa just took some of the life out of it and I cant help to think they'll find some other ways to fuck it up. Americans for the most part fuck up everything Japanese entertainment wise.