Paul Daley: "I'm Going To Be Real Mean" In Title Fight
Cage Rage Welterweight Champion and EliteXC top contender Paul Daley has some choice fighting words for current EXC Champion Jake Shields ahead of their 10/4 title fight. He thinks it'll be a shock to Jake's fans & nuthuggers.
Warning: Article contains an uncensored f-word.
There Is No Marketing for Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock
John Chandler wonders why:
EliteXC’s debut show on CBS was much better off from the start. Why? Because they actually marketed the event. Advertisements for the show started during March Madness, more than two months before the event was even happening. Yet here we are one month away from Slice’s biggest test to date and the only spots promoting the event can be found online.
Even if CBS were to start airing commercials tomorrow, EliteXC still has obstacles to overcome. It’s 30 days before the event and the fight card isn’t even finalized. That’s expectant of smaller organizations with heavy turnover rates, not a major promotion that is about to put together a show for the entire world to see.
Bringing Kimbo Slice back to his home state of Florida was a good move. The arena should easily sell out then, right? I mean the crowd for Slice vs. Tank Abbott in February was up on their feet for just about the entire night.
Not necessarily. All signs currently indicate that a large number of tickets are still available for the event. Plus, EliteXC officials expecting a late push should also take note that the University of Miami plays Florida State at Dolphins Stadium that same night. (Thanks Zach)
According to EliteXC’s recent SEC filings, the organization only has enough funds to last until the end of the year without outside help. So why aren’t they going balls to the wall in trying to make this show their most successful to date? A lack of money? A lack of motivation? It’s hard to say.
Before I even started writing this, I asked myself, why it is that every time that write a piece on EliteXC, it turns out to be negative? I pinpointed it to failed potential.
Rafael Cavalcante fights for EliteXC belt
Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante just needed three fights do get his main goal: the opportunity to win the EliteXC light-heavyweight belt. Scheduled to be on October 5th’s edition, the Brazilian fighter still doesn’t know who will he face, but he knows that it’ll be a title bout. In an exclusive interview to TATAME, he spoke about the next fight, his preparation and his great time in the event. "That’s a goal that I had plan since the beginning of the year with my coaches, and thanks God we made it, and I hope I bring this belt to Brazil. I’m doing my best and I’ll get there in shape", said the athlete, in the exclusive interview that you can check today here in TATAME.com.
QUACH OUT, ELITEXC TAPS CULLUM FOR TITLE BOUT
EliteXC has tapped Abel Cullum to step in to replace the injured Bao Quach in the promotion’s first bantamweight (140-pound limit) title bout. Cullum will face Wilson Reis on Sept. 26 as part of a ShoXC event on on the Showtime premium cable network.
Quach suffered a fractured orbital bone in training and subsequently had to be withdrawn from the card, according to ProElite.com.
Allum brings with him an 11-1 professional record in the bout against the undefeated Reis. He is the current King of the Cage flyweight champion, among other honors.
Diaz camp responds to KJ Noons' statements
On Noons’ claim that Elite XC failed to promote his boxing career, as promised:
1) Earth to KJ; you don’t have a boxing career. No one in the boxing world knows who you are. 2) Another MMA company would have paid you less and not given you a title shot, especially when you were 1-1. 3) If you will not fight Diaz due to a breach of contract by EliteXC then why would you fight Alvarez for the same terms?
On Noons’ insistence that Elite XC isn’t promoting him, instead asking Diaz to sign baseball cards for the DVD of their fight:
1) Nick Diaz, Jake Shields and Frank Shamrock were flown in to shoot an instructional trailer on grappling for the CBS show. The signings were an after thought. You weren’t flown in because you aren’t a grappler. We are sure they will fly you in if they need an instructional on whining. 2) Your contract was for Showtime. Diaz and Shields both signed longer deals for CBS. Nathan Diaz signed a special long term contract for Spike TV etc…This is a business not Burger King, you can’t have it ‘your way’.
"ShoXC: Hamman vs. Suganuma II" official fighters salaries
Main-card winners and EliteXC prospects Jared Hamman, Fabricio Camoes and Ray Lizama were the top earners at this month's ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.
The event, which aired on Showtime, took place at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today received the list of salaries directly from the California State Athletic Commission.
ShoXC events are designed to showcase mostly prospects within the ProElite, Inc. organization and has served as a launching pad for many of EliteXC's now-established stars.
The total disclosed payroll for the Aug. 15 event was a modest $56,560.
The full list of salaries included:
* Jared Hamman ($8,000) def. Po'ai Suganuma ($5,000)
* Fabricio Camoes ($6,000) def. Sammy Morgan ($4,000)
* Rosi Sexton ($3,260) def. Debi Purcell ($4,000)
* Ray Lizama ($6,000) def. Keith Berry ($2,000)
* David Douglas ($3,000) def. William Jacobson ($800)
* Lucas Gamaza ($3,000) def. Kenny Johnson ($2,000)
* Jesse Brock ($3,000) def. Josh Rave ($1000)
* Robert Vargas ($2,000) def. Ralph Lopez ($1,000)
* Katrina Alendale ($1,500) def. Melanie La'Croix ($1,000)
EliteXC To Strip KJ Noons Of The Lightweight Title
Stu Stone of The Stone Movement posted an interview with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw up on Youtube earlier and discussed such topics as Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, and of course KJ Noons. However, when the Noon's name was brought up, things got a little heated:
However that's not the big part of the story. Stu Stone has informed me that EliteXC plans on stripping KJ Noons of the EliteXC lightweight title and Jared Shaw will release a statement on next week's episode.
Frank Backs Ken; Says Brother Will Beat Kimbo
Frank and Ken Shamrock aren't exactly close. The two brothers have never gotten along that well and since the death of their adopted father the rift has grown.
"Ken and I are just two different people," said Frank Shamrock. "We don't really have (a relationship), we never have. After Bob (Shamrock) passed there was some resentment there on his part.
"But, I've never had a heart to heart conversation with the guy. He was never available and I was never a good communicator. We were too guys that never got past working out together. It's totally bizarre. I know more about the guys I train with today than I've ever known about Ken. I think when we were younger Ken was a very closed off dude and I wasn't a good communicator. Now, that's changed for me and Ken's changed as well but we never grew together."
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva Interview
Suspended EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio “Pezao” Silva recently spoke to us in an exclusive interview at Planet Tatami. For the first-time ever, we have translated the interview from Portuguese to English for exclusive publication here on FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
In this interview, which is translated by Planet Tatami’s André Filipe Cassimiro de Sousa, Silva discusses his recent suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for alleged steroid use, the decision by long-time American Top Team trainer Benkei to leave the fight camp, his thoughts on his most recent win over Justin Eilers, and more.
“Kimbo Slice is basically gift wrapped for me”
The word pioneer is thrown around loosely these days, but in the case of Ken Shamrock, it’s an apt description. Speaking for myself, I am not sure I would have gotten into MMA if it wasn’t for Shamrock. He was just someone I was always interested in seeing fight and someone I’d always root for.
I am a writer but I am also a fan and I can remember watching UFC 40 in 2002 when Tito Ortiz pummeled Shamrock in their first-ever meeting. I hated Ortiz for doing that to my hero. Was it irrational anger? Absolutely. But I was a Shamrock fan and Ortiz had just beaten my guy. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be the the last time he’d take a beating at the hands of Ortiz.
The losses to Ortiz made it easy to forget that Shamrock was both the first-ever King of Pancrase and the UFC’s first-ever Superfight champion. But the simple truth of the matter is he’s far removed from the time in which he known as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
Brett Rogers/Team Bison Fire Shots at Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock
There's some pretty hilarious stuff said here.
It's not clear who penned the memo, but I suspect Rogers at a minimum proof read the piece or at least gave it the thumbs up. Either way, it's a purposefully incendiary message that I suspect will only heat up the battle between Slice and Rogers; something that can be utilized should an EliteXC PPV ever come to fruition. Notable quote:
As for Oct 4th; that was our spot. Shamrock with his name and giant ego butted in line to get a slice of Kevin. At 103 years of age Ken usurped our rightful place against the YouTube champ. Our sincerest hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the "World’s Most Dangerous Man" and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating pedestal where they can endless circle each other.
If Ken proves to be more sham then rock and Fergi beats him, then the Slice hype grows even greater. Dude is already more myth then Sasquatch, Chupacabra and a ******* unicorn combined. Kevin is the black Yeti.
Caught between a Shamrock and a hard place, Kevin has chosen the old over the new; the past over the future. But Fergi… the hard place is coming. By putting us off, making us wait will only make matters worse. There is nothing business about it anymore. Kimbo made it a point to go frontin’ to our boys at Big Black. But that street thug B.S. might work well with the fan bois and the Internet dorks who think your street cred means something; but Son… Brett comes from Cabrini Green; the worst 12 blocks of America. Compared to that your street is Sesame Street. So you can say it is very personal between Brett and Fergi. So go ahead and make us wait while you fight Tank and Shamrock. Hell, why not fight Hackney, Harold Howard, Fred Ettish and the rest of Jurassic MMA? And while your shuckin’ and duckin’ we will be hustlin’ and muscilin’ and when the bell finally tolls the only real question left is … do you wake up looking at canvas or arena lights?
EliteXC should actually be thankful that Brett Rogers is willing to create enough drama around this situation without their help. If Kimbo is going to eventually lose to Rogers as the Rogers camp predicts, it's better to do so to a heated and known enemy than a anonymous yet talented opponent. I don't think the same heat will carry over should Shamrock win, but Rogers' bonus shots at Shamrock certainly can't hurt.
The only question is what sort of post-fight antics can we expect should Slice win and Rogers enter the cage for the post-fight interview? If it's as bad as the Noons vs. Diaz dust up, I'll live. If it turns into something as violent as the Source Awards, I will have quite a bit to say.
Exclusive KJ Noons: I'm Not Ducking Nick Diaz
"I'm not ducking Nick Diaz at all" Noons told MMANews.com "anybody with half a brain knows how big a fight that could be for me."
This fight could be the biggest fight of my career." said Noons of the fight with Diaz "Taking a fight with Nick Diaz is not the problem at all, the problem is the fight with EliteXC."
Unwilling to go further in terms of what the problem is with the company and when asked if it had anything to do with contract negoiations, Noons would only say that the problem goes deeper than just contract negoiations.
Noons again told MMANews.com that he would hold a conference call when the time was right to tell his side of the story.
What is going on behind the scenes can only be left to speculation but there is obviously a stand still between EliteXC and their Lightweight Champ, KJ Noons.
Jared Shaw: Diaz Back In November, Noons Not?
EliteXC VP Jared Shaw confirmed yesterday that Nick Diaz will next fight for the promotion on their November Showtime event with an opponent TBA and that Diaz-KJ Noons is not happening anytime soon. Shaw doesn't even know what's next for Noons.