Hot on the heels of news that Strikeforce was talking with Real Entertainment about a Heavyweight GP event in Japan comes the news that Real is also planning it’s own events, starting with a lightweight tournament in May. This is interesting because Real Entertainment is better known by the name we dubbed it three years ago: Zombie PRIDE.
Yep, the same people that rose from the grave of PRIDE are now bursting out of the chest of FEG, freeing themselves from their dying host organism’s body to find new and fresh sources of sustenance. In that context, it’s slightly worrisome that Scott Coker is so eager to spread his cheeks and say ‘Hop on in, guys. It’s warm up in here!’
On the other hand, who knows where everything went wrong? We all agree that PRIDE was generally pretty good while FEG’s HERO’S and DREAM (always with the odd majuscules and punctuation, these Japs) could never seem to really get MMA right. But a lot of that had to do with lack of money and lack of stars – two things Real Entertainment isn’t going to be able to suddenly pull out of thin air like magic.
There’s also the teensy tiny problem that Real Entertainment was a large part of why FEG couldn’t get combat sports back on FUJI TV. This is because Real is basically DSE and DSE was kicked off the network by FUJI for all that sketchy Yakuza stuff. Who knows what the connection between Real and the underworld are now? Suffice to say if Real Entertainment was a super hot bitch you’d still have second thoughts about banging her for fear that a mob boss’s henchman might show up at your house and throw you off your roof.