PRIDE FC used to explicitly not test for PEDS – Contract leaked

The martial artists that took a part in PRIDE FC are generally known to have used PEDs during the decade in which the legendary MMA promotion operated. Many of them have revealed this fact in interviews, but now, it seems like we have genuine proof of this.

PRIDE FC vet Enson Inoue has just uploaded a clip of his old contract with the promotion. He shows off the multi-page agreement, at the end of which he highlights the section that talks about PEDs.

In that, it is clearly stated that the competitors will be tested for some stuff. However, anything that enhances a performance is excluded from the test.

Inoue captioned it: “Check out my old Pride fight contract. Can you believe it actually said….. #prideneverdies”

Here, he is surprised at how openly the company has allowed the use of PEDs.

Meanwhile, the contract states that if a anything like  pot is found in a competitor’s system, he’ll have to forfeit all of his earnings.

A user with the handle of @KermitGracie asked Inoue if the promotion actually tested fighters: “Did you actually ever actually get tested? And if so, do you think it was done by a professional Lab type company? just curious 👊☮️”

To this, Inoue replied: “Yes but they weren’t looking for ster0ids”.

While it went defunct all the way back in 2007, the organization has hosted many MMA classics, often between some of the biggest icons in the sport. It is responsible for building the careers of countless stars.

However, the organizers of the promotion were known for their ‘anything goes’ mentality.

They regularly put on mismatches and openweight bouts, with the audience’s entertainment being seemingly preferred over the well-being of their competitors.

With this contract being exposed by Inoue, it just goes to show that PRIDE aimed to entertain over establishing MMA as a mainstream sport.

PRIDE was bought by UFC, and Joe Rogan described it as a con of the century.

“The UFC bought this company called Pride. And boy, did they get hoodwinked. Oh, my goodness. The way they did, it was wonderful.”

“First of all, the way that the Japanese have this masterful way of doing negotiating business where they talk to you about like maybe we’ll do business. We’re thinking about doing business, not today. And maybe we’ll come back and discuss this at a later date. Then they would come back when we’re really thinking about selling this business. And then the UFC and Pride started Trading Fighters.”

“They did like a goodwill gesture. So what this did was elevate the brand of pride and make brand pride even bigger in the United States. Like they had Silva come over and he faced off with Chuck Liddell and Chuck Liddell went over there to fight people and they had all this negotiating stuff going on for a long time. And then finally the UFC comes in and buys them out.”

“This big historic thing. Take photos, shaking hands. Turns out they bought nothing. What they bought was essentially like a library of fights. These are all the contracts that the fighters had. The were all bad. They’re all illegal, invalid. They had like a couple of contracts. Some guys they had to take over and like, oh, Jesus Christ, like it was just chaos.”

“And as far as, like, they were going to like run that business over there, but they got over there and they’re like, Oh my God, we can’t run this, but you can’t run it without the Yakuza. People that were all like, you have to have like the consent of the Japanese mob to run the country. The company over there.”

“That was one of the things that like sunk the organization when it was publicly released, allegedly, allegedly that the Yakuza was involved. Everybody’s like, Oh, but they went over there, they bought this, they got this library. And then while they have these UFC employees, the employees all started a new business called Dream, and they just f**king started up with a whole new thing to nowhere.”

“So they, they were like, they bought pride. And Pride’s dead. Like the same Japanese people like, now We have Dream, and they’re like, But hey, you guys were working for us. Where’s our show? What the f**k is this? It’s like they bought. They bought, like, air, you know?”