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UFC Imperial Strategy: Buy Them Out, Then Kill Them Softly

By Karlo Silverio III Sevilla On March - 14 - 2012

The UFC Empire, in its quest for global domination, has effectively caused the expiration of one colony and the evisceration of another. One’s from another continent across the Pacific Ocean, the other more accessible in Northern California from UFC’s home base in Las Vegas.

In the first quarter of 2007, the MMA world—with the exception of the legendary Japanese promotion’s head honchos and a couple of hard-nosed sports journalists—was surprised to find out that Pride Fighting Championships was hanging on life support.

In March of the aforementioned year, Zuffa, UFC's parent company, presumably came to the rescue. Trumping with triumphalism, it bought Pride FC out, with what many thought for the altruistic goal of resuscitating its erstwhile leading competitor.

It didn’t take long for the excited but equally apprehensive fight fans to realize that Zuffa did enter the intensive care unit, only to milk Pride FC of its remaining top fighters before pulling out its life-support instruments. Then finally throw...

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