Bill Mahood def. Bill Mesi – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jose Landi Jons def. Shannon Ritch – TKO
Jason Volpe def. Cody Krahn – Disqualification
Jonathan Cardinal def. Bobby Kalmakoff – Submission (Strikes)
Tom Benesocky def. Chad Olmstead – TKO
Ryan Knysh def. Arnold Ranon – Submission (Triangle)
Matt Baker def. Brandon Sauve – TKO
Tony Bibby def. Ole Thongsome – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kris Kucher def. Scott Chetman – Submission (Guillotine)
Luc Desautels def. Jerry Winslow – Submission (Keylock)
Adam Hunsperger def. Mike Froese – Submission (Side Choke)
Ben Arlow def. Reid Bettke – Submission (Guillotine)
Matt Knysh def. Corey Berridge – Decision (Split)
Jon Charbonneau def. Corey Knapp – Submission (Guillotine)
Aaron Zimmerman def. Luc Williams – TKO
[Hat tip: TopMMANews.com]
From King of the Cage 24: “Mayhem” in June 2003, here’s UFC lightweight contender and “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Diego Sanchez taking on Rene Kronvold.
Kid Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 18, 2009.
— Former pound-for-pound phenom Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will return to action a little less than two months after suffering his first professional MMA loss in seven years at K-1’s “World MAX 2009” event on July 13 in a kickboxing bout. “Kid” will be fighting Jae hee Cheon in a three-round matchup. Other notable MMA fighters competing include Tatsuya Kawajiri and Atsushi Yamamoto. [Japan-MMA.com]
— Longtime veteran Dennis Hallman will now be facing training partner Justin Davis in a catch-weight bout at tomorrow night’s “Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg” event at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. Hallman was originally slated to take on Cedric Marks, who was forced out of the bout after reportedly competing this past weekend and acquiring a medical suspension because of it. A lightweight bout between Jorge Gurgel and Conor Heun will also now be contested at a catch-weight of 160 lbs. [MMA Junkie]
From KOTC 15: Bad Intentions in June 2002, here’s Joe Stevenson going up against fellow eventual “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jeremy Jackson for the vacant King of the Cage welterweight title.
From King of the Cage Canada’s “Shock and Awe” event in October 2005, here’s eventual “Ultimate Fighter 6” lightweight winner Mac Danzig taking on Frank Kirmse.
Andy Geer (left) and Dave O’Donnell. Photo courtesy of Ring Pics.
In an interesting twist in the seemingly never-ending ProElite saga, former Cage Rage promoter Andy Geer has revealed that ProElite never actually completed the purchase of Cage Rage when they acquired the organization last summer, resulting in Geer now attempting to buy back the promotion he once called his own.
From MMA Weekly:
The plot thickens in the ProElite debacle with a new slant on the situation not yet revealed… a conversation with Andy Geer following the inaugural Ultimate Challenge show this past weekend revealed that although Cage Rage had been purchased by ProElite, they hadn’t actually paid for it before going under.
Geer explains the situation, “To all intents and purposes, ProElite had entered into an agreement to purchase Cage Rage. A deal was struck with a deposit accepted. Then they had a cut-off date to make a balloon payment; they never completed the purchase.”
If Geer’s comments are valid, there remains the possibility that ProElite never completed purchasing King of the Cage either. However this new development brings a question to my mind: If ProElite technically never owned Cage Rage or possibly King of the Cage, why are Geer and Terry Trebilcock going through so much trouble in trying to re-acquire their promotions. Don’t they still technically own them?
Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
ProElite will attempt to block a public auction announced for November 17 in which Showtime Network will attempt to sell off the remaining assets off the company in order to repay two defaulted promissory notes for $4 million that Showtime lent to ProElite over the last year.
According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from November 6, ProElite “plans to take all appropriate measures to prevent the sale from occurring. Such measures may include raising additional financing, filing a lawsuit enjoining the sale, filing a bankruptcy petition or negotiating a settlement with Showtime.” The filing also went on to say that ProElite was unsure whether any of the methods would prove successful.
The planned public auction will see both the EliteXC and King of the Cage brands up for sale as well as the contracts of such fighters as Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Frank Shamrock among others.
Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
According to paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this afternoon, Showtime Network intends to sell the remaining assets under the ProElite banner at a public auction in Los Angeles, California on November 17.
The filing comes just days after ProElite sent out notices to the managers of fighters currently under contract with the organization, stating that, contrary to popular belief, they were not filing for bankruptcy and were merely scaling down their staff in order to cut financial losses that would allow them to begin promoting mixed martial arts events once again early next year.
The public auction will see both the EliteXC and King of the Cage brands up for sale as well as the contracts of such fighters as Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Frank Shamrock among others.
The complete notice of public sale can be seen after the jump.
In the wake of the collapse of ProElite, King of the Cage has issued an official press release regarding the matter, stating that they intend to continue to operate as normal as possible:
King of the Cage, Inc. (“KOTC”) is fully aware of the reports surrounding the financial difficulties of ProElite, Inc. (“PE”) and the reports that PE has filed or may soon file a bankruptcy case. KOTC is currently reviewing and investigating the situation and has determined that no bankruptcy case has yet been filed by PE .
Although KOTC is a wholly owned subsidiary of PE, it has maintained its own independent operational structure since its acquisition by PE. While there may be some short term impact on KOTC’s operations, KOTC intends to fulfill all of its existing obligations and to conduct all of its scheduled events. KOTC further intends to resume normal business operations as quickly as possible and to continue to grow its brand as it has for the past 10 years.
We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
High network television ratings, the financial backing of two media giants, and the greatest amount of visibility for an MMA promotion to date proved to be not enough for ProElite and its figurehead brand, EliteXC, as another organization that attempted to dethrone the Zuffa empire has likely come to a crashing halt.
The news of ProElite’s demise has quickly spread throughout the mixed martial arts community and as expected, so has reaction. However the story of the downfall of one of MMA’s most influential companies is just beginning as facts regarding ProElite’s insurmountable debt, failed sale, and questionable tactics will likely surface within the next few weeks following its expected cessation at the end of this week.