Frank Shamrock VS. Cung Le Is Official
EliteXC and Strikeforce on Tuesday officially announced that Frank Shamrock will defend his Strikeforce middleweight title against Cung Le on a March 29 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., co-promoted by the two organizations.
Chip off the Ol’ Block: EliteXC Signs Ken and Ryan Shamrock
Ken Shamrock is emerging from his unofficial retirement, and he’s bringing his son Ryan with him.
Elite Xtreme Combat, a California-based MMA organization that airs on Showtime, today announced that the promotion signed both 43-year-old Ken Shamrock (26-12-2) and the his 19-year-old son Ryan (1-0) to multi-fight deals.
Terms of the fighters’ deals were not disclosed.
Additionally, EliteXC announced that both fighters will be part in a March 8 event in London, England. “EliteXC Presents: Cage 25” takes place at Wembley Arena. (ProElite Inc., EliteXC’s parent company, recently purchased the U.K.-based Cage Rage organization.)
Ken, one of the first inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame, has been fighting professionally for nearly 14 years and competed in the very first UFC event. The submission specialist left the UFC for six years but ultimately returned to fight Tito Ortiz and then to coach a team on “The Ultimate Fighter 3.” He’s since severed ties with the UFC, and in an explosive interview with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) back in October, he claimed that UFC President Dana White forced him into retirement and that he never intended to quit fighting.
Ryan, a 135-pound fighter, made his MMA debut back in August and defeated 31-year-old (and fellow UFC newcomer) Josh Besneatte with a first-round submission at an event produced by his father’s fight organization. The fight is available at YouTube.
Carano Off EXC 2/16 Card
EliteXC's Gina Carano, currently appearing on "American Gladiators", has reportedly been dropped from EXC's February 16 event. No reason given but there are rumors if a rift between EXC brass & Carano's camp.
The EXC-UFC War Of Words Continues
Once again EliteXC President Gary Shaw has less-than-kind words for UFC President Dana White. His latest comments relate to UFC's dominance in the market and how EXC's emergence has forced UFC to make changes, among other topics.
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le Set for March 29
Strikeforce and Elite XC will present their second joint show, headlined by Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le in a five-round fight for the Strikeforce middleweight title, on March 29 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
A news conference involving both promotions to officially announce the fight is expected to take place some time next week. The event will air live on Showtime and include two matches from Strikeforce, two from Elite XC, and one match pitting a Strikeforce fighter against an Elite XC fighter.
No other matches are finalized for the show, but it is expected Gilbert Melendez will defend the Strikeforce lightweight title and that Jake Shields will also be fighting on the show.
411 MMA Fact or Fiction 01.12.08
Should Georges St. Pierre really be ranked ahead of Anderson Silva on p4p charts? What kind of edge if any does marijuana provide before a fight? Will Matt Hamill defeat Stephan Bonnar on TUF 7 lead-in show? All of this and more in the latest edition of 411 MMA Fact or Fiction.
White has UFC as dominant MMA force
You blow your nose with a Kleenex, you Xerox a document. Sure, there are plenty of tissue makers and even more companies producing copy machines, but Kleenex and Xerox achieved the unthinkable — the brand name supplanted the product.
UFC president Dana White would love to see that develop with his company in 2008. He's close to achieving the feat. Many casual fans and non-mixed martial arts media newcomers often tag the entire sport "UFC."
Gary Shaw of Elite XC knows there's a lot at stake this year. He would like to see UFC go the way of America Online. AOL was a juggernaut in the late '90s until the dreaded C-word — competition — reared its ugly head.
The Tuesday Takedown 01.08.08
In this week's edition of The Tuesday Takedown we'll take a look at the confirmation of Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra, Lyoto Machida's offered fight against a former 205 lb. contender, a couple of names dropped from UFC's roster, Gina Carano's debut on American Gladiators and more!
ProElite’s Shopping Spree Continues with ICON Sport
ProElite, Inc.‘s growing empire of MMA promotions now includes one of the sport’s most historic and successful organizations: the Hawaiian-based ICON Sport.
EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw made the announcement on Saturday, confirming the long-rumored deal has been finalized. EliteXC is the fight division of the Los Angeles-based ProElite.
ShoXC Returns 1/25, Hose To Compete
EliteXC announced yesterday that it will hold its next ShoXC event on 1/25 on Showtime. Kala Kolohe Hose, who was to have fought ICON Sport Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler on this weekend's now-cancelled ICON Sport event, has been given a spot on the card.
Scott Smith and EliteXC Agree to Long-Term Deal
Former UFC fighter Scott Smith (11-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has signed a long-term contract with Elite Xtreme Combat, the organization’s parent announced on Wednesday.
ProElite Inc. also announced that Smith will make his EliteXC debut in February.
Smith is perhaps best known for his stint on a special “comeback” season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and a subsequent knockout at the show’s live finale — which appeared to play a major part in EliteXC’s offer to the fighter.