The decision, it turns out, was a no-brainer. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to even call it a decision.
“The plan was always to stay with EliteXC,’’ said Jake Shields, who has re-signed with Los Angeles-based ProElite’s Live Fight Division. “For some reason, reporters were running like crazy with the notion that I was going to leave and sign with some other organization. I talked with other groups, but, in the end, I decided the best thing for me and my career was to stay put. I have been happy with EliteXC from the beginning. They have been like family to me.’’
Gary Shaw, EliteXC Live Event President, made the announcement Friday night on the eve of an EliteXC cage fight card here. In one of Saturday’s top bouts at the American Bank Center Arena on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Shields will take on Mike Pyle.
“Jake is, flat-out, No. 1 in the world in his weight class and we are thrilled that he has re-signed with us,’’ Shaw said. “He has been part of the EliteXC family from the beginning. Jake and his dad, Jack, are class acts and a joy to not only work with but to be around.”
News and Notes
- Our rumors page has been updated…
- Jordan Breen’s latest Koubousen Companion on Sherdog reveals that DEEP boss Shigeru Saeki is stating that Ryo Chonan’s contract with the UFC is non-exclusive and Chonan will be expected to defend his title next year:
On the topic of championship reform, Saeki also revealed that as 181-pound champion Ryo Chonan’s new UFC contract is non-exclusive, the 181-pound title will likely be on the market early next year. Saeki stated last month that he planned on having a 181-pound challenger tournament next year. But in light of recent events, that same tournament, which will likely begin in February or April, will probably be for DEEP’s divisional championship.
Update 6:09 PM: Sherdog corrected the article, stating that Chonan’s contract is exclusive, not non-exclusive.
- EliteXC President Gary Shaw confirmed that he has had preliminary talks with members of the company about a potential showdown between the two according to The Fight Network:
EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw confirmed this week he has held preliminary discussions about promoting a potential megafight between brothers Frank and Ken Shamrock within EliteXC. The two adopted brothers have expressed a willingness to fight one another in the past.
“I talked to my team about it,” Shaw said. “I would love to do brother versus brother. It would be a great promotion.”
- The IFL has announced Bart Palaszewski has agreed to terms with the on a contract that will keep him in the promotion through 2008.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a non-exclusive deal with Xcess Fighting. He will make his debut for the promotion on December 12th:
“I am undeniably the biggest ‘Babalu’ fan that lives,” Xcess Fighting spokesperson Bruce Bellocchi stated. “Xcess Fighting believes he has tremendous talent, and (we) are extremely proud to be able to get him back into he cage and in front of his fans so quickly.“
An opponent for Sobral and location for the event will be named in the near future.
- Asgard MMA reports that Per Eklund has signed with the UFC. Rumors have been floating around for months about Eklund’s possible signing and this can only help to certify that as being true. The deal is a four-fight, 18 month deal. Eklund is slated to fight at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England against an opponent yet to be named.
- So apparently Brad Imes has trained with Brock Lesnar in the past. Imes says that Lesnar’s game was lacking:
I think he’s got a lot of potential. His stand up is really kinda nonexistent, but he’s obviously a big powerful guy. And his ground game…I know, he’s a D-1 national champ but I think he’s pretty rusty as far as his ground game. I was able to pass guard on him, mount him, do whatever I wanted with him on the ground really. And he really didn’t feel that strong to me, granted I don’t grapple with anyone that feels strong to me.
But, I think that one of his strengths when he was in college was that he was much stronger than everyone he went up against; and heavyweights, no matter what the sport . . . it is hard to find good ones. So, I think if he sticks with it he’ll be great. I just think it was a mistake going to the UFC so quick. And I say that from someone who knows.
The America Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, will rock like it never has before when Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, presents “EliteXC: Renegade’’ on Saturday, Nov. 10, on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
An excellent main event will feature an EliteXC world title fight in a brand new weight class – 160 pounds—between talented, crowd-pleasing Nick Diaz and exciting, hard-hitting KJ Noons.
In other televised bouts, Kimbo will make his EliteXC debut against Bo Cantrell and world-ranked welterweight Jake Shields will face Mike Pyle. A fifth televised fight will be announced in the near future.
LOS ANGELES – All fighters competing on upcoming Cage Rage fight cards will be subject to random drug testing, it was announced Wednesday.
Cage Rage, which recently was purchased by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc. (PELE.PK), is the biggest and most prestigious Mixed Martial Arts organization in the UK.
Gary Shaw, President of ProElite’s Live Events Division, EliteXC, initiated the idea to test the fighters
“Anybody that knows me knows that my No. 1 priority is the health and safety of the athletes,” Shaw said. “I wholeheartedly agree and support Cage Rage’s decision. This ensures that the highest safety standards will be in place each and every time a fighter competes in an EliteXC/Cage Rage fight card in Britain.”
The process will begin before the “EliteXC Presents Cage Rage 24” Dec. 1 event that will be aired on pay-per-view live at ProElite.com.
EliteXC announced the signing of Kimbo Slice to a long-term, exclusive deal earlier today.
The announcement was made on the official website of their parent company, Pro Elite.
Slice is scheduled to make his EliteXC debut at the promotion’s next event on November 10th in Corpus Christi, Texas. An opponent for Slice has not yet been decided.
Sam Caplan interviewed EliteXC President Gary Shaw earlier today and asked him a few questions about the deal. When asked if Slice’s opponent could possibly be Tank Abott, Shaw didn’t rule out the possibility:
Sam Caplan: Is there a chance that Tank Abbott, who was scheduled to have faced Kimbo Slice this weekend for Cage Fury Fighting Championships this week before the event was canceled, could be the opponent?
Gary Shaw: (There’s) always a chance that anyone fight with EliteXC and on Showtime, yes.
News and Notes
- Our rumors section has been updated.
- Be sure to check out our latest MMA on Tap Top 10...
- Stay with us throughout the day and night for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 11 which will feature our famed Tap Selections, a live blog and much more.
- MMA Junkie is reporting via Tagg Radio that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will be taking on former PRIDE Heavyweight Title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his next fight. No official date for the fight was said.
MMA Junkie also spoke to Frank Mir’s manager, Dean Albrecht, who stated that a Mir-Nogueira bout is not official and that he and his client would like to face Kongo before Nogueira at this point:
“No official announcement,” he wrote to us. “We are hoping for Kongo first. He called out Mir. I think he deserves it.“
- Sam Caplan went public with some EliteXC news yesterday. Apparently Gary Shaw and company have no interest in signing Renato “Babalu” Sobral at this time and David Loiseau may be making a return early next year:
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw that the fight promotion has no immediate interest in former UFC fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Shaw said in no way does he condone what Sobral did at UFC 74 and labeled the act as “egregious.” However, he would not rule out the possibility of having interest in Sobral’s services in the future.
I’ve also had several people ask me in recent weeks about the status of David Loiseau. Loiseau, if you recall, fought on EliteXC’s debut card in February and has not been used by the promotion since. There was some speculation that he had been released but Shaw confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the promotion does in fact have plans for Loiseau and there’s a chance he could be appearing in December in England on a Cage Rage card.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced that a meeting scheduled for next month will review amending these possible regulations and more:
• Weight loss for a competitor 147 pounds or less changed from two pounds to no more than one at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss for a competitor over 147 pounds changed from three to no more than two pounds at the time of weigh-in
• Weight loss completion from two hours to one hour after the initial weigh-in
• If a referee halts a bout under the basis that both athletes are in a condition that might subject them to harm, the decision will become a technical draw (currently ruled a no contest)
• The addition of all drugs identified on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to the NSAC’s prohibited substance list
EliteXC parent company ProElite held a press conference earlier today at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to announce the purchase of ICON Sport. The acquisition comes less than one day after ProElite also acquired King of the Cage.
The purchase marks the near one year anniversary of ProElite’s purchase of ICON Sport’s former rival, Rumble on the Rock:
“Last October … we came and invested in and bought Rumble World,” said EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw. “And today we’re proud to announce that within the last hour, we just completed our deal and we bought ICON. So, we own the islands.”
ProElite’s quest to form a global MMA organization looks like it’s coming together quite well…
Showtime hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming EliteXC: Uprising event scheduled to take place on September 15th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fighters featured on the call were ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler, EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua through the use of an interpreter, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano. Other officials participating in the call were EliteXC President Gary Shaw and ICON Sport President T. Jay Thompson.
Sensational news for Mixed Martial Arts fans in the United Kingdom. Cage Rage, Britain’s original MMA brand and leader since 2002, is about to get bigger – and better.
ProElite, Inc., an entertainment and media company dedicated to producing world-class MMA events, today announced the acquisition of Cage Rage Championships (CRC), Britain’s premier MMA organization.
The formal announcement of the new partnership was made by Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC, the respected live fight division of Los Angeles, Calif.-based ProElite.
“This is an exciting day for all of our organizations, but the biggest winners will be fans in the U.K.,’’ Shaw said. “In a short span of eight months, EliteXC has already got the well-deserved reputation for staging sensational fights with the world’s top fighters.
NEW YORK – In less than seven months, ProElite’s respected live fight division, EliteXC, has gained the reputation for delivering consistently competitive, thrilling and memorable live Mixed Martial Arts events that showcase the world’s top fighters.
Under the watchful eye of Live Events President, Gary Shaw, EliteXC and SHOWTIME already have produced many significant accomplishments and has made MMA history on a couple of occasions; the most noteworthy of which: EliteXC is the first and only MMA organization on premium television.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oahu, Hawaii, EliteXC will establish another first when it presents the most significant MMA event in Hawaiian history and the initial collaboration between EliteXC and Hawaii-based promoters and former rivals, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock). The remarkable event will feature an explosive five-fight telecast airing live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) followed by four fights streaming live at the premier mixed martial arts social networking and entertainment site, ProElite.com.