Did anyone catch Pride Fighting Championship's "Real Deal" PPV this past Saturday night? I thought it was a pretty solid introduction of Pride to the U.S. audience, although most of the fights themselves weren't that exciting. I think Pride has a long way to go to challenge the UFC's hegemony in mixed martial arts in this country -- the sports bar where I saw the Real Deal is usually packed for UFC PPVs, but only had a handful of people watching the Pride PPV. If Pride didn't have to change its rules for the U.S. market, that might help.
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10/25/06 at 3:04pm