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Rizin VP Jerry Millen Talks About Rekindling the Days of Pride in Japanese MMA

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After nearly a decade, the spirit of Pride FC returned last year with the newly formed RIZIN Fighting Federation promotion.

Along with former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara, RIZIN included other former Pride executives such as Jerry Millen, along with legendary fighters of Pride’s past such as Fedor Emelianenko, Kazushi Sakuraba, and recently Wanderlei Silva.

Speaking to MMAWeekly.com prior to RIZIN’s first event of 2016, Senior Vice President Millen spoke about the promotion’s formation, recapturing the spirit of Pride, and what impact he feels the company will have on the MMA scene in 2016.

MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Jerry, tell how you became involved with RIZIN.

Jerry Millen: When Pride went away, I was one of the vice presidents of the company, mainly working on the North American stuff. When Sakakibara had to go away for seven years after signing a non-compete, I didn’t, so I stayed in the business knowing one day things would come around.

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I kept all my connections and travelled all over the world, meeting up with promoters knowing one day things would come back in Japan. It did. Sakakibara asked me to come back and he gave me the position of Senior Vice President of RIZIN.

MMAWeekly.com: Is it difficult at all to be in America while the majority of the promotion is in Japan?

Jerry Millen: It’s a team effort. 99 percent of the team is in Japan and I’m the 1 percent that’s not, but we work together really well. With the world the way it is now with the internet, smart phones, and Facetime, it’s pretty much like being in the office. It’s not that much ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly