Reports are circulating that Fuji TV, a Japanese television network is severing ties with MMA powerhouse PRIDE FC. The reports are starting that the network was forced to drop PRIDE from it’s lineup due to it’s connections with the Yakuza, a Japan-based organized crime ring.
The Fuji Network annouced earlier today it was canceling its contract with Pride Fighting Championships. No reason was given, but it was due to the Yakuza scandal as reported in Weekly Gendai magazine. This changes the balance of power in the MMA world completely, as Pride will go from being a major player to a company whose future is very much in question.