"I never expected Zuffa to do anything with Pride," Barnett said. "It's hard enough to work over here as a foreigner, and now they're going to come over here and tell the Japanese that the things they've been doing longer than the UFC has been in existence needs to be changed because they have `a better way'? They're not going to hear it."
Barnett also confirmed rumors of resistance on the Japanese end of the Zuffa-led Pride project.
"The Japanese had no interest in it after Dana White said they were going to make changes to the regulations to make it like the UFC," Barnett explained. "Basically, everyone told me, `That's it, we don't want this. We won't support this. Pride Worldwide is basically just UFC in Japan, so we don't want anything to do with it.'"
Dana tried to buy and bully his way into Japan. Pride goeth before a fall, indeed.