Since Pride FC was purchased by Zuffa in 2007 and subsequently absorbed into the UFC, the organization has become MMA folklore. People always say how much they miss Pride and how they would love to see just one more Pride show. Since the UFC’s parent company Zuffa owns the rights to all things Pride, then why not give the fans what they want.

The UFC’s pay-per-view numbers have been struggling, so why not change things up while at the same time paying homage to the organization that pushed the UFC to be better? For one night only, resurrect the Pride banner and ring. Bring in Bas Rutten as a guest commentator and bring back the elaborate entrances and pre fight pageantry.

With former Pride stars like Mark Hunt, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Mirko Cro Cop, Takanori Gomi and Dan Henderson, all on the UFC roster it makes perfect sense. Every once in a while, the UFC needs to treat their fans to something special. What better for MMA fans than a Pride Revival?

Doing a throwback Pride show in Japan would be an easy sell and just imagine how many long-time MMA fans would tune it. With all of the complaints about recent UFC pay-per-view and stagnant fight cards, a Pride Revival would give them something special.

Think about this possibility in the same sense of NBA, NFL and MLB throwback jersey days. Even though those sports have evolved and changed over the years the fans still like a taste of history now and then.

I doubt it will ever happen, but maybe if we can get enough people calling for it then maybe just maybe fans will finally get what they have been asking for.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.