You really Have a problem with all things pride, don't you?
I used to love Pride but I can say, for example, I really am looking forward to the Lesnar - Carwin fight.
A former Pride fighter is now LHW champ, how do you feel about that?
I have no problem with Pride. Pride is LONG gone though. IMO you can't even compare anything about Pride talent to the UFC any longer. Too many things have changed.
You are right, a former Pride fighter is a current champ....what does that mean really? Many Pride fighters have not done well in the UFC either.
There are so many reasons for us to speculate, you can't even compare anymore.
Pride was great entertainment during its time, just like the early days of the (pre-Zuffa) UFC were great. But that was all we knew and had at the time.
Looking back, I think the sport has changed for the better, and I would never want the early days of MMA back.