Some crooked Russian bank, probably
PRIDE was really cool. Of all the various MMA eras, PRIDE was my favorite, especially the earlier events. I was young, the sport was young, entertainment was a priority, but badass violence was the substance. Yup, I loved it a lot and rewatch shows all the time in an effort to feel happiness.
But it’s dead. It will always be dead. It is the past. We have no word to describe it accurately, I fear. Foundations crumble and bedrocks shift but the past is the one permanent constant. You can pray and wish and scream at the sky but what was will always be what was.
Strikeforce EXC HEROES RIZIN Bellator is hellbent on skull-fucking those happy PRIDE memories, with its latest lubeless attempt being a Heavyweight Grand Prix. It’s gonna feature: Fedor Emelianenko, Chael Sonnen, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Matt Mitrione, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Ryan Bader. That would’ve been a nice assortment of names during the Bush 43 Administration, I’ll give them that.
Officials confirmed the plans to ESPN on Friday, following an initial report by USA Today. The tournament, dubbed Bellator MMA World Grand Prix, will unfold over the course of 2018, with the finals hopefully taking place prior to the end of the year.
That was written by Okamoto at ESPN. I bring it up so as to respond: LOL, like they’re gonna finish this fucking thing in a single year.
Scott Coker, who runs Bellator, also booked the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, a smashing success that saw Daniel Cormier win even though he wasn’t in it and which ended up being the last thing the company did, so he knows what he’s doing.
Official prediction: Glover Teixeira wins it all after beating Roy Nelson.