For the purposes of this thread. Yes.
There is no rule that says that pride fighters are rubbish. BUT Pride opporated under a different set or rules, a different time length of round, and it used a ring and not a cage.
That might explain why some Pride Fighters havent done so well.
Anderson Silva wasnt essentially a Pride Fighter. He did NOT start off in Pride, and his home instituion used a cage, and not a ring. thats an advantage. The first time he stepped into the Zuffa Sponcered Octagon...he'd already stepped into an Octagon sponcered by Cage Rage many years previous.
Crop cop was probably the biggest dissapointment. Rua...he might be able to bounce back...Nog...well I dont know...and Dennis Kang...oh...gutted about that one