Thursday, February 8, 2007

PRIDE For Sale? Ed Fishman Hopes So

A report surfaced last week that gaming industry stalwart Ed Fishman was in negotiations to purchase the PRIDE Fighting Championships. On Wednesday, spoke with Fishman, who currently serves as President of PRIDE USA, to get his side of the story.

The 63-year-old entertainment entrepreneur revealed a strong desire to purchase the company that’s home to Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) and Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) — however any talk of a sale, said Fishman, is premature. Are you interested in buying PRIDE and have you taken steps in that effort?

Ed Fishman: Yes I am. I wish I could have a chance to buy PRIDE. It’s to me the best MMA in the business. And I have absolutely made that known to Mr. Sakakibara — I call him Nobu. We have not gone into real heavy details yet. He is back in Japan now, and he’ll be here next week when we’re getting ready for the 24th. I’m sure we’ll have more conversations then, but I am dead serious about buying it.

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