The sport went downhill IMHO when UFC bought Pride and shuttered it.
Yea, they picked and choose some fighters from Pride and had some interesting match-ups.
But still, UFC needs the competition, it needs the push. Pride was an exciting event, they did some exciting things, like tournaments, different weigh fighters, some unique match-ups, I actually liked the rules better than UFC. The production was very WWE, just big entrances, lights, explosions. Cool stuff.
I miss Pride, but watched a UFC ppv about a year ago, but that's the only one in about a 3 year span.
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