Pride isn't shafting America, they're being shafted by whoever is handling their business in America.
Really: they're copying ZUFFA for god's sake. The Japanese shows and production, even on Japanese TV, just blow the UFC away. Yet on US PPV, we get this ECW type low budget crap that really makes it look like crap.
Oh, and they got their OWN BAND TOO. Wow. That's worked so good for Zuffa.
"I don't understand that either, Linkage. The Japanese TV/PPV broadcasts have such high production values, it's amazing. And the US PPV's look like it was edited in some high school kid's basement. "
If you ever see the full Japanese broadcasts, a lot of what they cut from the US PPV are the long and elaborate entrances and intros. In fact the Heavyweight GP Final last year had a pretty cool intro video with long intro by Takada in the ring... completely cut from the US PPV along with a lot of the fighter walkups.
My guess is that there's more of a need to edit for time to fit the 3hr time slot or something.
What don't you all like about the US PPV editing? The only one I noticed being poor was the NYE show, and that was just because they had to cram all those fights in. I've seen some of the Japanese broadcasts and didn't notice much difference (I'm not the pickiest guy, though).
LOL at all the goofs impressed by bright lights and shiny objects. The UFC looks like an HBO boxing broadcast, and this is a good thing. This is a sport we're trying to promote here, not pro wrestling. The focus should be on the fights and the fights alone.
jacktripper I'm not getting carried away here. Why do you think PRIDE is catering to the Korean market? Because PRIDE is noterious for making bad business decisions??!? Not quite. PRIDE is airing their shows on "FREE" TV. Is this being done in our backyard....only if you count tape delay...and that isn't quite cutting it.
Face it, MMA in NA is not big and has a long hard road before it becomes "mainstream". Half naked guys laying on each other and fighting in a cage does not appeal to the NA market.
Kang is big to the Korean MMA fans. They love him. I have talked to him about this and he has shown me the freaking e-mails he gets from them. He has done an Everlast TV commmericial. That is big IMO.