ProElite Sold or Nearly Sold
After a number of deals falling through at the last minute, it appears Pro Elite has either been sold or is in the very final stages of being sold as of this morning. Under the terms of the sale, the buyer would likely return to CBS television with live events this year.The most likely buyer is Strikeforce.
Antonio Silva Revocation Hearing Postponed
Antonio Silva's license revocation hearing before the CSAC, scheduled for February 10, has now been postponed until April. The postponement was requested by Howard Jacobs, Silva's attorney, due to a schedule conflict-Jacobs is to try another case in Florida on that date.
Gina Carano In Super Bowl Commercial
Sunday's Super Bowl now will feature our "Super Crush". A new Pepsi commercial that will debut during the game will feature MMA star Gina Carano alongside Bruce Lee as part of Pepsi's new advertising campaign debuting in the spot.
EliteXC Fighters Threaten to File Formal Complaint If Not Released From Contracts
EliteXC fighters have apparently had enough of waiting around to see what becomes of their contracts, and are now threatening to get tough. MMA Payout reports that many of the fighters have joined forces with the Mixed Martial Arts Fighters’ Association to bring a formal complaint against the organization for holding them in limbo all this time. EliteXC is said to have been given a week to respond before the fighters file their complaint in court.
Silva Sues CSAC
Suspended fighter Antonio Silva filed a civil action against the California State Athletic Commission on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the first known case in which a mixed martial artist has legally contested a CSAC decision outside the state regulatory body.
Silva is asking for a “writ of mandate,” or a ruling from the court that will supersede the CSAC’s decision to suspend the fighter for one year for alleged steroid use and possibly allow Silva another hearing to try and prove his innocence.
Carano On Fight Future, Female MMA Future, More
Despite being stuck in limbo due to the EliteXC collapse and currently unable to fight, Gina Carano still thinks the future looks great not only for her career, but for female MMA in general. Those were a couple of topics she touched on in a recent interview.
Fighters twist while Elite XC dithers
Patience is starting to wear thin among some of the country’s top mixed martial arts fighters, whose futures have remained in limbo since Elite XC closed its doors in late October.
The issue is complicated, as parent company Pro Elite laid off all its employees and has no plans to run future cards. But they have not closed the company, nor have they declared bankruptcy. They have a CEO, Chuck Champion, and an attorney, each still working on methods to sell the company’s assets and perhaps remain as a minority interest partner with new ownership going forward.
ProElite Fighting Jake Shields' Bid to Become a Free Agent
The remaining representatives from near-defunct fight promotion ProElite are doing what they can to stop EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields from leaving the fold.
Shields’ manager and father, Jack Shields, on Monday told MMAWeekly.com that an unnamed lawyer representing ProElite informed him on Saturday that his son was not a free agent.
The elder Shields, along with several fight managers under the ProElite umbrella, in late October sent the company a “notice of breach” letter asking them to fulfill their promotional and payment obligations within 30 days or their contracts would be abandoned.
ProElite responded to the letters on or around Nov. 3, stating they were in the process of “downsizing” and said they planned to continue promoting in early 2009. They also stated that EliteXC fighters needed express written consent to fight for other promotions.
Jake Shields interview - talks about possibility of going to the UFC.the EXC situation, and his gym
Here's a preview of the interview:
PWNT : If you do decide to go to the UFC, who would you want to fight? What would be a good fight to introduce you to the fans of the UFC?
Jake Shields : I would love to go fight GSP, but I don’t think that is realistic. There are a lot of good guys to fight. Go in there against Diego, I think that would be a great first match. Thiago Alves, I would like to go in and fight one of their top fighters. Hopefully go in there fight one fight and win that, be the number one contender.
Interview is from about 3-4 weeks ago.
Ed Soares Comments On EXC Fighter Contracts
The continuing fallout from the demise of EliteXC is still hitting fighters where it hurts the most – in the wallet – and Ed Soares, manager for Brazilian fighters Rafael Feijao and Fabricio Camoes, is hopeful a resolution can be reached soon.
"Basically we want to get out," Soares told MMAWeekly Radio recently. "We sent that 30-day notice that they breeched the contract and they're basically saying they didn't. They're still saying that they are putting on events, but it's hard to believe."
Soares mentioned the financial difficulty for fighters like Feijao, who was supposed to fight on the cancelled Nov. 8 show, and they all want closure to the situation so the fighters are able to move on.
"It's right before Christmas, it's right before the holidays, these guys cancelled the fights," Soares stated. "Rafael Feijao had a title fight on Nov. 8 and it's unfortunate, but on top of all that they're not even going to release them out of their contracts so they (can) sign another deal."
Showtime postpones Monday’s asset auction
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was notified on Friday afternoon in an e-mail from Showtime Networks that the premium cable provider has postponed a planned auction for Monday in which select assets of ProElite, Inc. were to be made available to the highest bidder.
“Showtime Networks Inc. has adjourned the previously announced public sale of personal property of ProElite, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries scheduled for November 17, 2008,” the release states. “Showtime reserves all of its rights, including the right to further adjourn or cancel the public sale and thereafter dispose of such property in a public or private sale or in any other manner provided under its agreements with ProElite and by applicable law.”
The most notable asset that had been scheduled to be auctioned off were the contracts of the 80-plus fighters that are still signed to ProElite even in spite of a massive downsizing by the company last month.
Boxing on Kimbo’s Mind, Manager Addresses Auction
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has a hankering to try boxing, he told host Dan Le Batard on Sports Talk 790 The Ticket Wednesday.
“I’m thinking about boxing as well,” said the Internet legend turned MMA fighter. “Boxing is wide open right now. I want to do it all.”
Ferguson’s revelation didn’t come with any news of a fight on the horizon, though he said he’d like to return to MMA competition by February.
The interview marked Ferguson’s first since his lackluster 14-second TKO loss at the hands of last-minute replacement Seth Petruzelli on Oct. 4.
Kimbo Slice's First Interview Since Loss
Today former EliteXC fighter and internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice had his first interview since his October 4th loss to journeyman Seth Petruzelli. Kimbo, who's real name is Kevin Ferguson, was supposed to fight MMA legend Ken Shamrock on October 4th at the EliteXC: Heat event but that fight was canceled at the very last second due to a cut above the eye of Ken Shamrock sustained during training.
Wary to scratch the main event, Kimbo, from the card completely EliteXC approached undercard fighter Seth Petruzelli and asked him to fight Kimbo in the main event of the night. EliteXC entised Petruzelli by bumping up his show purse and they even added in some not so legal incentives. The mayhem that ensued from the end of the fight (StandGate, the exposure of EliteXC's biggest cashcow and the astronomical debt ProElite was in) led to the meteoric downfall of EliteXC and parent company ProElite. Since losing just about everyone has been talking about the event, about the loss or about the controversy behind the fight.
That is, all except Kimbo. Kimbo has been M.I.A since his loss but today he made his first public interview since the embarrassing loss on The Dan Le Batard Show on South Florida's 790 The Ticket.
Escape from EliteXC: The Legal Strategy
As the attempted auction of ProElite fighter contracts by Showtime on November 17th draws near, there are sure to be a flurry of legal proceedings and attacks being launched by all parties involved. MMAPayout.com has obtained documents detailing one fighter’s strategy for liberation from ProElite, using legal precedents and CSAC bylaws to make the case for the voiding of his ProElite/EliteXC contract.
The fighter in question is looking to use California law and past precedent in George Foreman Associates LTD vs George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya vs Top Rank Inc, both of which require going before CSAC to obtain its approval of the contract and Section 230 of CSAC regulations which requires contracts to be done using official CSAC forms as well as any blanket contracts (multi-bout agreements) necessitating Commission approval.
MMA Agents Unify To Block Showtime Contract Auction
Some of the top agents in mixed martial arts, including Monte Cox, Ed Soares, Matt Stansell, Bob Cook, Chas Bowling and Cesar Gracie, are joining forces in an attempt to stop Showtime from going through with their upcoming auction of ProElite's assets, including fighter contracts.
The full statement can be viewed after the jump.
Carano-Cyborg Could Still Happen...But Where?
Gina Carano recently said that she still wants to fight Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos in early 2009, and reportedly both sides are even working together to make sure they both sign with the same promotion. The only question now is which promotion will wind up signing them?
Bas talks Kimbo, EXC, Lesnar-Couture & More!
Bas Rutten ‘Living Mixed Martial Arts Part II’
The former King of Pancrase took some time recently to talk with PDG about the many projects he has going on, the Fall of EliteXC & Kimbo Slice what he thinks of some of the biggest fights of the year coming up in the UFC.
PDG: The last time you were in Japan was for DREAM 6; what did you think about the Alistair Overeem vs Mirko ‘Cro-Cop’ fight?
Bas: It was a great fight and it was a shame that it ended like it did because Overeem was winning the fight. I was a little surprised by his dominance but then I talked to his trainer from Golden Glory; which is a Thai boxing gym in Holland that I used to train at. His striking has definitely gotten better since he started training there and Mirko has not looked very good his last few fights. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge Mirko fan and I wish he could get back on track.