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    Dana White changes his mind (re Hendo v Rampage)

    So previously the upcoming fight between Dan Henderson and Quinton Jackson was supposed to unify the PRIDE middleweight and UFC light heavyweight belts. Apparently Dana has changed his mind and only the UFC light heavyweight belt will be on the line.

    To me it seems as though this means PRIDE will stick around. Before it seemed as though the UFC's plan was to unify the belts, dissolve PRIDE and probably begin UFC-Japan or something. But since the PRIDE belt will continue to exist as a distinct championship, it follows that PRIDE will stick around as a distinct event, possibly keeping the same ruleset. Thoughts?

    source: http://ufcjunkie.com/2007/07/03/repo...ship/#comments

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    Funny, because I just saw an ad on Spike two days ago that said something like "two belts, one fight: UFC 73."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwoww
    Funny, because I just saw an ad on Spike two days ago that said something like "two belts, one fight: UFC 73."
    You probably misheard; UFC 73 features two title fights in one night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwoww
    Funny, because I just saw an ad on Spike two days ago that said something like "two belts, one fight: UFC 73."
    ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP® ANNOUNCES FULL CARD LINE UP FOR UFC 73: STACKED

    ANDERSON SILVA vs. NATE MARQUARDT
    SEAN SHERK vs. HERMES FRANCA
    TITO ORTIZ vs. RASHAD EVANS
    HEATH HERRING vs. “MINOTAURO” NOGUEIRA
    KENNY FLORIAN vs. ALVIN ROBINSON
    STEPHAN BONNAR vs. MIKE NICKELS
    JORGE GURGEL vs. DIEGO SARAIVA
    CHRIS LYTLE vs. JASON GILLIAM
    FRANKIE EDGAR vs. MARK BOCEK



    Silva & Sherk are defending their UFC titles in UFC 73, not Rampage - that's UFC 75.

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    yeah, probably heard "Two Belts, One NIGHT"

    As for the non-unification. If they want to keep pride around I don't see how they could offer up a Pride belt with the fight being in the Octagon.

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    The plan from the beginning of the purchase of PRIDE and WEC was, afaik, to keep them separate but have the opportunity to do cross promotion superfights.

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    Is the Pride purchase really final? I heard from a business man that has a lot of contacts in Japan that its very difficult for a foreign company to buy a Japanese company, and occasionally the purchases are sort of banned after the fact. Maybe that's what is happening here.

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