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Post by fka on Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:25 pm

Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the man who once headed PRIDE before the promotion sold to the UFC in 2007, is planning a comeback this year, according to Bellator MMA President Scott Coker.

“He asked if we would help,” Coker told MMAjunkie of a recent conversation with the Japanese executive. “I said of course, and when the time’s right, we’ll have a serious conversation of what he would like us to do.”

Coker said Sakakibara, who earlier this year attended Bellator 131, expressed interest in promoting a one-night event this fall. He added a co-promotion using Bellator MMA fighters would be considered “when the time is right.”

It’s not the first time Coker has hinted at such a venture. Before his former MMA venture, Strikeforce, sold to UFC parent company Zuffa, he said on several occasions that his promotion had a strategic alliance with DREAM, which emerged after the contentious sale of PRIDE, and talked up a co-promotion.

Sakakibara served as the president of PRIDE and later as its figurehead during the promotion’s heyday in the mid-2000s. After a yakuza scandal brought the company to its knees, he and PRIDE executive Nobuhiko Takada sold the promotion to the UFC for a reported $60 million, handing over a vast library of fight footage and select fighter contracts.

Sakakibara retreated from the MMA industry despite a court battle with UFC parent Zuffa over the sale of PRIDE. He reportedly moved to Okinawa, Japan, and purchased a soccer team. This past year, rumors of his return to the industry gained traction.

For Coker, who once served as an executive in K-1 and worked extensively with ex-PRIDE executive Sotaro Shinoda, the news signals a new opportunity after the void left by PRIDE’s end.

“The Japanese fight companies have been some of the founders (of the industry) way back in the day, and I believe that once Japan has a healthy MMA industry, it helps everybody,” he said.

After a failed attempt to revive PRIDE, the UFC began promoting events in Japan, returning to the country after a 12-year absence, with UFC 144. Since then, the promotion has returned twice over the past two years, drawing 14,682 and 12,395 fans, respectively, with UFC on FUEL TV 8 and UFC Fight Night 52.

Since 2008, various Japan-centric promotions, including DREAM and World Victory Road/Sengoku, have tried and failed to fill the gap left by PRIDE and eventually ran out of money.

“I have a lot of questions, but if anybody can pull it off, I think (Sakakibara) probably has the best shot,” Coker said. “I know the UFC is going over there once a year, but to me, that’s not what the Japanese fans are looking for. They’re looking for a Japanese martial arts company that they can get behind.”




Hope he does get something going in japan and unites jmma,then we van have some great cross promotional shows and grand prixs.

Add in m1 and ksws willingness to copromote this could turn into the world cup of mma we've all been dieng for.
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Post by stu3ufc on Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:13 pm

would viacancer agree to sharing talent though?

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Post by fka on Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:16 pm

Yeah coker literally said in multiple interviews hes open for all of it....

Also seeing as many fighters are already allowed to fight outside the promotion to keep busy or earn money i don't see how this wouldn't be mutually beneficial for everyone involved.

I know we've heard a couple times this year about his return to mma but cool to see he's reaching out to Coker im quite interested to see how this plays out.

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Post by CDF47 on Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:15 am

If this includes the ring, the PRIDE rules, and the production, this is the best MMA news in 8 years.

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Post by Rizin=PRIDEFC on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:13 am

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Post by westcott123 on Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:05 pm

CDF47 wrote:If this includes the ring, the PRIDE rules, and the production, this is the best MMA news in 8
years.

Oh god let's hope so of course what would they name it ? Lets hope it is something good .and yes in the ring with pride rules
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Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:03 pm

This could be interesting.

I really, really, really hope they don't use the unified rules.
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Post by westcott123 on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:34 pm

TeamJohnPerretti wrote:This could be interesting.

I really, really, really hope they don't use the unified rules.


Me to that's what what made Jmma popular that it was different to North American mma
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Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:48 pm

I agree westcott123.

The north american cage wrasslin shows are not appealing.

I don't like the cage. I really dislike the unified rules.

This show really needs to not use the unified rules. I'm hoping for the best.
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Post by westcott123 on Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:40 am

TeamJohnPerretti wrote:I agree westcott123.

The north american cage wrasslin shows are not appealing.

I don't like the cage. I really dislike the unified rules.

This show really needs to not use the unified rules. I'm hoping for the best.

Me too but of course 1st it has to happen
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Post by PRIDE4EVER on Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:21 pm

westcott123 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:If this includes the ring, the PRIDE rules, and the production, this is the best MMA news in 8
years.

Oh god let's hope so of course what would they name it ? Lets hope it is something good .and yes in the ring with pride rules


If it is possible they should just use DREAM as the name. Sakakibara can make DREAM into what it was suppose to be, a true PRIDE successor DREAM with full PRIDE rules top talent and full PRIDE producation!
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Post by CDF47 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:46 pm

Just read that Sakakibara is planning a PRIDE event on NYE. May be partnered with Bellator for this show. He probably can't use the PRIDE name but it doesn't matter as long as the rules, the ring, and the production are like PRIDE it would be amazing. Having Bellator fighters in there as well would be unreal.

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Post by stu3ufc on Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:49 pm

yay for some 3rd rate NYE card with Kimbo and the gang

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Post by CDF47 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:54 pm

stu3ufc wrote:yay for some 3rd rate NYE card with Kimbo and the gang

It would be bad ass to see the revival of PRIDE.  Been waiting for this for 8 years, although DREAM and Sengoku were very solid.  I hope they bring the PRIDE rules which were lacking in DREAM and Sengoku.  

I think it would be excellent to see the Bellator champs and top fighters fighting in the PRIDE 2.0 ring on NYE.  I hope JMMA is really back with this!


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Post by PRIDE4EVER on Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:16 pm

Good I have been dying to see a big time Japanese nye show for a while now! Maybe use the DREAM name?
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Post by fka on Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:08 pm

Stu get lost we are actually talking mma not regurgitating random troll comments thx.

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Post by CDF47 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:18 pm

PRIDE4EVER wrote:Good I have been dying to see a big time Japanese nye show for a while now! Maybe use the DREAM name?

Same here. DREAM name would be good.

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Post by westcott123 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:08 am

CDF47 wrote:
PRIDE4EVER wrote:Good I have been dying to see a big time Japanese nye show for a while now! Maybe use the DREAM name?

Same here.  DREAM name would be good.

well dream makes the most sense I want pride back as well unless zuffa sells it to them which they wont they cant really call an event pride other wise they would get sued for plagiarism . I know they can use pride in a title but they cant call the promotion pride .
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Post by CDF47 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:29 pm

westcott123 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:
PRIDE4EVER wrote:Good I have been dying to see a big time Japanese nye show for a while now! Maybe use the DREAM name?

Same here.  DREAM name would be good.

well dream makes the most sense I want pride back as well unless zuffa sells it to them which they wont they cant really call an event pride other wise they would get sued for plagiarism . I know they can use pride in a title but they cant call the promotion pride .

Yeah, PRIDE is almost definitely out. Hard to think of a good name like this other than DREAM.

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