Hardcore mixed martial arts fans can often be heard debating whether the UFC or Pride was the superior MMA brand.
Obviously, given that the UFC purchased Pride, it was the superior brand in terms of finances and general exposure.
But that's not what the fans are debating; they're disputing which organization had the better talent.
Now, there's no doubt that there are a lot of fighters who at one point competed in Pride and have been hugely successful in the UFC. Fighters such as Quinton Jackson, Mauricio Rua and Anderson Silva come to mind.
However, there has also been a large amount of fighters who were supposed to be able to compete with the UFC's elite, or at least be gatekeeper quality competitors, but have totally flopped within the organization...