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And so the fallout begins… as EliteXC hit the wall, there will understandably be a massive scurry for top tier talent as well as speculation on the future of all the other brands that were held under the umbrella. One such brand cut its teeth in the U.K. and tittered on the edge of international expansion before being amalgamated into the behemoth that was ProElite.

Originally founded by Dave O’Donnell and Andy Geer as a small regional show before taking onboard once silent partner John Faraday, the company started to grow and attract talent from Brazil, the U.S., and Japan; and in turn relocate from venue to venue before settling on Wembley Arena and crowds that varied between 4,500 and 8,000 depending on the card. High times indeed, but since ProElite came onboard there has been a significant cost-cutting and business streamlining process that lead to a date for Cage Rage 28 at the smaller Troxy venue in East London and a trimming of staff, some left, others had their roles reduced and pursued other business endeavours.

Dave O’Donnell, the one constant since its inception, told MMAWeekly.com of the demise of the brand’s parent company, “For Cage Rage it is business as usual. The next show is Contenders. It’s still going ahead. I can tell you that much.”



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Post #1   10/22/08 12:56:09AM   

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Glad to hear it. It would be a crime for the stupidity of the Shaw family to bring down a great little promotion like Cage Rage.

Post #2   10/22/08 2:53:08AM   

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Yeah, I really like Cage Rage, as they put a ton of fights on every card. They might not be the best fighters on Earth, but they all certainly show up to fight, and their match-making is very even as well, so you get a lot of competative fights, unlike some promotions where its just a bunch of "lambs to the slaughter" fights.

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Post #3   10/22/08 3:04:10AM   

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i agree its good news. its good to have for lack of a better word, minor leagues. and its fun to watch up and comers fight. they fight like they mean it lol. like it could be their last

Post #4   10/22/08 3:06:50AM   

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i was seriously concerned that the orgs that proelite bought up would all go belly up when elitexc went under, so this is great news

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Post #5   10/22/08 7:19:49AM