I agree with everything you said in your post. It is always interesting to see the transition from Pride to the UFC. I am interested to see how Dan Henderson does in the UFC as apposed to Pride. Pride's rules certainly allow for greater success for strikers than UFC does. Example: UFC doesn't allow knees or kicking a downed opponent in the head where Pride does. Pride is also more likely to stand you up (especially if you get under the ropes). UFC can't have those rules because of sanctioning but just those two rules save tons of fighters from destruction sometimes.
I can't wait to see Fedor Emelianenko in the UFC and see if he can continue his domination. I would actually like that kind of domination. It would be great for the sport of MMA and possibly raise the purses on a more even plane with boxing.
Just bringing up points of discussion.