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Guy Mezger Airing Pride’s Dirty Laundry

(This is what happens when you don’t play nice with Pride.)

In a recent interview with MMAyou, Guy Mezger divulged some not quite shocking but still interesting information about his days in Pride. Apparently (are you sitting down?), not everything that happened in Pride was on the up-and-up. And when you didn’t “play ball”, you paid for it: Here’s a question from one of your fans that I thought was a really good question. Why did the Pride judges hate you so much?

Mezger: You know, I’ll tell you truthfully man, I wouldn’t play ball with them on certain things. They wanted me to do certain things that’s just not something that I’m gonna do. It’s against my, kind of my moral code and I think it pissed them off because I’m not gonna do some of the stuff that they wanted me to do. And I knew the moment that I disagreed, that I wasn’t gonna play the game with them on that that things were gonna go south for me there.

There are a couple different ways of looking at this. One is to lob the old ‘sour grapes’ accusation at Mezger. That could be part of it, but it’s not as if Mezger is some washed-up bum hanging around bars and telling people that he could have been a contender. He’s the President of HDNet Fights these days, so, you know, he’s doing all right.

He can also point to some questionable decisions that went against him (such as in his fight with Ricardo Arona), as well as Pride’s general credibility gap in this area. While he stops short of flat out saying he was screwed by Pride judges for refusing to work fights, he does heavily imply it: Can we get into anymore then that or should we just leave that at that?

Mezger: I don’t really want to get into the whole thing you know it’s just that they were wanting me to be creative in some of the guys I fought. They wanted kind of a different outcome for the fight and when I refused… They started with the whole talking about it and I was like, “Guys, I know where we’re going with this. Before you guys say anything I’m not gonna do it. I know where we’re going with this conversation and that’s just not something I’m gonna do”. I knew when that happened that I was gonna have to knock guys out. It was kind of a drag. I knew that any of those tough close fights were gonna be… I knew it. (Editor’s note: Mezger lost 3 split decision matches in Pride and Pride officials wanted him to fight an overtime round against Kazushi Sakuraba despite his contract saying that the fight would only be one fifteen minute round with no overtime. Mezger left the ring after being advised by his trainer Ken Shamrock to do so and the president of Pride FC later made a public apology to Mezger for the miscommunication.)

Dealing with the Japanese too you know in dealing with that stuff. They have no real sanctioning body. There’s no athletic board overseeing them or signing judges or any of that kind of stuff. You know they can do whatever they want over there and they often do.

Makes you wonder. If Mezger objected because it was against “kind of [his] moral code”, who on the Pride roster might have been less rigid in their ethics? A few names come to mind…


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Anonymous- June 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm
pride had a stupid "bonus if you lose" system that some fighter took advantage of but to fix fights only one that comes to mind is the mark colemon insident.
Anonymous- June 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm
yakuza bastards
Who Cares- June 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm
I was a big Pride Fan even though they seemed to have the biggest mismatches you would ever see in a ppv event.

I liked pride because usually fights didn't go the distance and they fighters seemed to put having a good show over winning the fight sometimes. I also loved the grand prix tournaments and people have to go out to fight someone they probably didn't train for.

Now that i have read about the bribes they offered rampage, and this crap with mezger. It kind of hurts the good memories i have of Pride but not any more then when i heard about Pride being owned by the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza) and that was a big reason why they sold out to the UFC. After hearing that you know of expected to learn later about fights being fixed and such.

The only thing i really have to say is that if you think fights in the USA don't have the same problems then i wish i could be that ignorant. With Spygate, Refs in the NBA, Steroids in MLB, NFL, and MMA, really what can you trust i guess because i am such a fan i just would rather pretend its not there and just wish and/or hope that my favorite fighters aren't involved.
C-Bus Allstar- June 11, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Wanderlei isn't Japanese though.

I have a feeling that most of the Pride fights that WERE fixed were probably either fixed in favor of, or fixed in order to promote, Japanese fighters (OR, fighters that are Favored by the Japanese audience).

It's about making money guys. And Japanese people wanna see Japanese fighters dominating. Thus they paid Rampage to "Influence" the outcome, not necessarily throw it, but offer a bonus if he happens to get KO'd unconscious or Subbed unconscious.
Anonymous- June 11, 2008 at 7:13 pm
Hmmm, if I was Rampage, I'd certainly want more than 2,000 bucks to take those knees from Silva.
mayhem420- June 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Oh like this is a surprise. I saw more fights that looked shady in Pride than anyplace else. Also it only makes me think that this was proment when allot of those guys came over to the UFC and get handled.... but for some reason in Pride they were killers.... not saying the fighters fixed fights but if someone offered me 2,000 grand if I got submitted then I would probably stick my arm in the guys face all night begging for him to take it home.
xocgx- June 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm
there's a ton of shadiness that came out...Rampage was offered 2000 bucks if he lost via Sub to Saku. Not to 'throw' the fight, but if he lost to a sub....and 'page has no reason to lie.
Jeff- June 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Not to be confused with Jeff.
mma pro- June 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm
mark coleman has a fixed fight in pride
Anonymous- June 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm
Jeffro, Tito fan much? Guy was a top class fighter in his day. He was winning the Chuck and Wandy fights until he got KO-ed, he's beat Tito, should have beat Arona and Saku, etc
Kissenger- June 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm
Wow, this is big. I shouldn't be surprised, but I kind of am.

Of the top of my head, the Rampage-Saku fight seems like a work. Rampage was tossing Saku around like a rag doll until the sub.

Mezger definately should have won the Arona and Saku fights, for sure. Also, it's pretty clear that Ricco Rodriguez was screwed out of a victory over Big Nog.
Jeffro- June 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm
What names come to mind...Come on...Say it. Gay Mezger is just bitching because he lost. I seem to remember that rampage said that Pride officials told him that he would get a bonus if he was KOed or submitted unconcious, if he lost. They did not tell him to lose.