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SHields-Fickett EXC Title Fight Off Again
Once again EliteXC has been snakebit in their efforts to have a Jake Shields-Drew Fickett fight for their Welterweight Title because of an injury. The second try at it, set for June 14 in Hawaii, is now off-this time it's Fickett who can't fight because of a knee injury.
Kimbo Slice: Internet Sensation Turned ESPN Cover Guy
EliteXC fighter Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is about to become the second MMA fighter to be featured on the front cover of ESPN The Magazine when he appears on a cover next month. No specific date was mentioned but it will be timed to coincide with the televised May 31 CBS event.
two fighters from Philadelphia’s famed Fight Factory fight camp have been added to the undercard of EliteXC’s
two fighters from Philadelphia’s famed Fight Factory fight camp have been added to the undercard of EliteXC’s first-ever “Saturday Night Fights” card on CBS television, a source close to the camp has revealed exclusively to FiveOuncesOfPain.com. The Fight Factory, started by head trainer Stephen Haigh, features both DREAM lightweight Grand Prix competitor Eddie Alvarez and female MMA champion Tara LaRosa. Two of the camp’s up and coming fighters, Zach Makovsky, a former Division I wrestler, and Mike Groves, an aggressive boxer and wrestler, will both be appearing on the undercard in separate fights
Elite XC DVDs on sale soon
ProElite — the parent company of the Elite XC mixed martial arts promotion and several others — has signed a multi year production and distribution deal with Image Entertainment to release DVDs to the public, according to VideoBusiness.com. The deal will include four annual Elite XC DVDs, as well as eight annual installments within the ShoXC brand. Here’s a snip from Steven DeMille, Image senior vice president of marketing: “There is a growing market for high-quality arena-based mixed martial arts content, and ProElite is the premiere source for this type of sports entertainment. We are pleased to add ProElite to our roster of content suppliers as we continue to grow both our distribution channels and scope of programming.” The first two DVDs entitled “Destiny” and “Renegade” will feature fights that include Frank Shamrock, Renzo Gracie and Kimbo Slice. These are scheduled to hit the shelves as soon as May 13.
Report: Reis vs. Robbins booked for May 31 EliteXC-CBS
EliteXC's debut "Saturday Night Fights" event on CBS has a new preliminary fight as Wilson Reis (3-0) and Justin Robbins (8-3-1) will meet in a 140-pound bout. EliteXC has not officially announced the bout, but fiveouncesofpain.com confirmed the fight with sources close to the fighters. The May 31 event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the main card airs live on CBS from 9-11 p.m. ET. The preliminary card, which includes the Reis-Robbins bout, will be streamed online at ProElite.com.
Nick Serra vs. Matt Makowski Elite XC fight added to under card
Nick “The Mad Monkey” Serra (4-2) — brother of former UFC welterweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4 winner Matt Serra — will reportedly fight up-and-comer Matt Makowski (2-0) on the undercard of EliteXC’s Saturday Night Fights at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J, on May 31, according to FiveOuncesOfPain.com.....
May 31 EliteXC-CBS to feature seven preliminary fights
In addition to the five main-card fights that will air during EliteXC's May 31 debut on CBS, the event will feature seven fights on an un-aired preliminary card. EliteXC teased the seven bouts -- for a total 12-bout fight card -- in the latest "EliteXC: PRIMETIME" event poster. The show, headlined by a heavyweight bout between Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and James Thompson, takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and airs from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS. It's the first MMA event to air live on major U.S. network television. None of the preliminary-card bouts has been announced.
Report: Belfort Offered Randleman, EliteXC Deal
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been offered a fight against former heavyweight title holder Kevin Randleman at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. Even though Randleman has accepted another fight. It is worth noting that Belfort has been contacted and offered a contract by EliteXC.
Another MMA Organization Reports Losses
Elite XC reported $27,584,500 in losses for 2007 in the company's annual report. The company has now lost $31,834,355 between its inception and 12/31. In money spent, the company paid $3.25 million to fully acquire King of the Cage, $4.1 million for Mixed Martial Arts, Ltd., $400,000 for ownership of Future Fights (ICON in Hawaii), and $1 million for partial ownership of Entlian Corporation (Spirit MC in South Korea). Elite XC is cutting back on expenses by reducing the number of staff, and did staff layoffs in January. (Source: Wrestling Observer) They also forgot the Acquisition of Cage Rage in the UK. Coupled with the fact they just signed Kimbo etc. to long term contracts could this mean problems for them longterm? It seems Dana's statement about the 'latest three initials MMA company' is not far off the mark after all.
EliteXC Signs Australian, Hector "Shango" Lombard
LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2008) – One of Australia’s most promising young fighters at both middleweight and welterweight and one of the world’s most prolific Judo players, Hector “Shango” Lombard, signed a long-term contract with Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live division, EliteXC.
Paul Bradley discusses "TUF" departure
For Paul Bradley, everything was going along perfectly. He was invited to compete on the seventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter," he won an elimination bout to earn a spot in the house, and he did it in convincing fashion. He was then drafted by UFC light heavyweight Quinton Jackson to be part of "Team Rampage" -- as a respectable third-round pick. good read, the guy sounds like a real class act, hope he makes a name for himself in elitexc
Joey Villasenor replaces Ninja Rua against Phil Baroni on May 31
The same day Elite XC issued a press release that the main card was set for “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS we already have a change in the line up. Murilo “Ninja” Rua has been scratched for the show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on May 31 and has been replaced with Joey Villasenor (25-6) who will tangle with Phil Baroni (10-9) in a 185-pound scrap. No reason was given for the switch.
Report: EliteXC signs Cyril Diabate
EliteXC has signed PRIDE and Cage Rage veteran Cyril “The Snake” Diabate, according to a report by Brian Knapp of The Fight Network. Knapp confirmed the news with Diabate’s manager, Ken Pavia. A debut date and an opponent has not been determined.
Diaz to fight Corbbrey on June 14
Nick Diaz has officially been added to EliteXC’s June 14 show in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a recent announcement by ProElite.com. The web site has also revealed that Diaz’s opponent for the event will be ShoXC veteran Muhsin Corbbrey.
May 31 EliteXC-CBS card finalized
EliteXC and CBS today announced the official televised fight card for its May 31 event, which will be the first-ever MMA show to air on major U.S. network television.
Second EliteXC-CBS show set for July 26
Elite Xtreme Combat will make its network television debut on May 31, and CBS recently announced July 26 as the date for its second show. No other event details were confirmed.
Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano and Robbie Lawler ink EliteXC contract extensions
It’s funny what major network television exposure can do for a promotion that is eager to lock-in its stars to long-term deals. Street fighting legend Kimbo Slice, female MMA phenom Gina Carano and EliteXC Middleweight Champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler all signed “long-term extensions” with EliteXC today. Looks like they are trying to keep their stable of star fighters with them for the long haul. This is one step closer for them trying to be the UFC's fiercest competitor. As long as each fighter continues to grow in popularity and they can keep them in house they could become a fixture in MMA for a long time.
Dana White hints that Kimbo Slice-Chuck Liddell UFC fight could be possible
“If he [Kimbo] fought anybody that mattered, I would book [Chuck Liddell] tomorrow…. The fact is, Kimbo’s not there yet. He would get destroyed. I heard he just got knocked out by Forrest Griffin last week in a sparring match after a kick to the head.” chuck would own kimbo, the most overhyped fighter in the history of combat sports. imo james thompson is going to beat him.
Lombard Signs With EliteXC
Cage Fighting Championships (CFC) Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard has signed a deal with EliteXC. His deal will allow him to fight in other organizations, including CFC.
STRIKEFORCE & ELITE XC FIGHTERS TEST CLEAN
The California State Athletic Commission tested every fighter on the recent Strikeforce and EliteXC co-promoted event in San Jose, Calif. for both drugs of abuse and performance enhancing drugs. The CSAC on Monday confirmed that every fighter also came back clean.