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Videos: Arlovski KO’s Fulton at ProElite II, Reaction After Win

From this past weekend's ProElite show in Moline, IL, here's former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski winning his second straight fight courtesy of a last second KO of longtime journeyman Travis Fulton.

Arlovsi's reaction on his win is after the jump.

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The Daily Recap: ProElite Announces Six Bouts for Second Event, Castillo-Bailey at UFC 139 & More

Tim Sylvia. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— ProElite has announced a total of six bouts for their scheduled second event on November 5 in Moline, IL following their relaunch earlier this year. Headlining the card will be a pair of former UFC heavyweight champions as Andrei Arlovski battle longtime veteran Travis Fulton and Tim Sylvia takes on German mainstay Andreas Kraniotakes. An eight-man heavyweight prospect tournament also kicks off, spearheaded by former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis. [ProElite.com]

— A lightweight tussle between Team Alpha Male member Danny Castillo and "Ultimate Fighter 13" alumnus Shamar Bailey has been inked for UFC 139, which takes place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Castillo recently had a three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision at UFC on Versus 5 in August. Bailey also fell to one-time lightweight contender Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 25 last month as well. [Twitter.com/UFC]

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The Daily Recap: Grove, Riggs May Rematch in ProElite, Bustamante Hurt & More

Joe “Diesel” Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs are likely to rematch under the ProElite banner at the promotion's relaunch event on August 27 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both fighters are coming off of recent releases from the UFC and Bellator respectively. Grove and Riggs originally fought in May 2004, with Riggs coming away the victor via first-round KO at Rumble on the Rock 5. [MMAFighting.com]

— Former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming farewell bout against Yuya Shirai at a Clube da Luta event in Brazil this Wednesday due to a back injury suffered in training. Bustamante will be replaced by Delson Heleno, who will take on Shirai at a 180 lbs catchweight. [Tatame]

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Strikeforce Acquires ProElite Assets; Lands Deal With Showtime


Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

It’s been a busy past few weeks for Scott Coker and his fledgling Strikeforce brand. Once thought to have been just a small success story in the San Jose area, the promotion seems to be on the fast track to becoming the legitimate number-two MMA organization in North America after securing a deal to purchase a limited number of assets from ProElite, the parent company of EliteXC.

Under the terms of the deal announced this afternoon, Strikeforce will acquire a select number of fighters contracts, along with the ability to sign additional fighters to Strikeforce deals, as well as a video library of past EliteXC and ShoXC events.

“This is a tremendous development that will bolster the Strikeforce roster and allow us to produce even more competitive matchups between top fighters,” Coker said in a press release today. “Some of these athletes have been on the sidelines for a while now and are eagerly waiting to return to competition. We look forward to providing them with the opportunity to do so in the next few months.”

 

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Afromowitz Denies Completion of ProElite Sale to Strikeforce


Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Various reports have surfaced over the past 24 hours stating that Strikeforce set to purchase the remaining assets of the ProElite brand and that a formal announcement from the organization is expected by the end of the week, and could even happen as soon as tomorrow.

However Strikeforce VP Mike Afromowitz this evening revealed to MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog” that the reports circulating are false and that the potential sale is not finished:

Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz confirmed to MMAInsider that negotiations were progressing, but the deal was not done.

“That’s incorrect,” he said. “Any reports of a done deal are a complete fantasy.”

Afromowitz said the deal with Pro Elite was far more complex than reports had stated.

“It’s complicated, and that’s why I don’t want to speculate,” he continued. “If anything is done, it will be very technical. It’s not as straightforward as you think.”

Terry Trebilcock’s King of the Cage promotion and a small group of investors were thought to have been the leading candidates to buy the currently inactive promotion, but these new reports are suggesting that Scott Coker is now the likely buyer.

In reality, he’s probably the best choice. Many of the fighters enjoyed the freedom that their non-exclusive contracts with EliteXC provided and Strikeforce provides the exact same thing under better management. Rumor has it that most, if not all, of the fighter contracts are non-transferable, meaning that some fighters may opt to sign elsewhere. Aren’t Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler eventually going to end up with the UFC anyway though?

Afternoon Notes: Silva Fires Back at CSAC, EliteXC Show Being Planned & More


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

- Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has filed a civil action suit against the California State Athletic Commission in an attempt to try to fight his suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last year. According to Sherdog.com, Silva is looking for a ruling that will temporarily release him from his suspension and potentially grant him another hearing with CSAC officials.

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Andy Geer: ProElite Never Completed Cage Rage Purchase


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?

Agents Attempting to Block Showtime Auction


Ken Pavia. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Just like ProElite itself, multiple mixed martial arts agents are coming together to attempt to block a public auction announced for November 17 in which Showtime Networks will attempt to sell off the remaining assets of ProElite and everything under its banner in order to repay two defaulted promissory notes for $4 million that Showtime lent to ProElite over the last year.

Ken Pavia, who represents a slew of notable names in the world of MMA, has teamed up with the likes of Ed Soares, Monte Cox, and Cesar Gracie and issued a formal press release indicating that they are all prepared to challenge whoever purchases the contracts of their fighters in court.

The complete release is after the jump.

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ProElite Attempting to Block Public Auction


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.

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Showtime Puts ProElite Up for Public Sale


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.

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