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Evening News and Notes: May 16, 2008


Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will serve as one of the presenters at Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas according to Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated. The event will air on CBS from 8-11 PM ET. Slice’s appearance will likely have him make some kind of mention of EliteXC’s debut on the network next Saturday night.

Report: Moreno to Face Haselrig at EliteXC on CBS

New Jersey-based heavyweight Carlos Moreno will step in to face former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman and NCAA wrestling champion Carlton Haselrig at Elite Xtreme Combat’s upcoming “Primetime” event on May 31st according to Sherdog.com.

Moreno has won two out of his last three fights. He most recently fell to Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Kevin Jordan at a Battle Cage Xtreme event last October. Haselrig was originally slated to take on Fightfest veteran Joe McCall, who will be unable to compete at the event due to family obligations.

Kelly Perdew Resigns as CEO of ProElite.com

EliteXC parent company ProElite announced today that Kelly Perdew, the winner of the second season of NBC’s “The Apprentice”, has resigned as President and CEO of the organization’s official website through the company’s SEC filing.

Perdew filed his resignation on May 9th and it will go into effect next week. According to MMA Junkie, Perdew will now move on to rotohog.com to serve as the fantasy sports company’s CEO. A successor for Perdew has not yet been named.

Donruss to Create Cung Le Trading Card

Popular trading card company Donruss has announced it’s intention to create a trading card featuring the likeness of newly crowned Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le, who defeated former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock in March to claim the title.

“We’re excited to be able to include Cung in our program,” said Scott Prusha, Marketing Director for Donruss, said in a press release sent out to the media today. “Cung is an extremely exciting fighter and winning the Strikeforce championship was really a big thing.”

ProElite, DREAM Agree to Partnership


Kimbo Slice could be one of ProElite’s contracted fighters headed to DREAM in the near future as part of a new working partnership between the two promotions. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Elite Xtreme Combat parent company ProElite and Fight Entertainment Group’s DREAM yesterday announced a working partnership between the two promotions that will help bridge the once-distant gap between Japanese and American mixed martial arts.

The two sides made the official announcement yesterday at a pre-fight press conference for DREAM.3, which took place late last night in Japan. DREAM officials Keiichi Sasahara and Sadaharu Tanikawa were on hand to discuss details about the agreement along with ProElite’s William Kelly and ICON Sport promoter T. Jay Thompson.

“Last year’s Dynamite USA at the Los Angeles Coliseum was the largest attended mixed martial arts event ever in the USA,” Kelly said at the conference. “ProElite is delighted that we will be building on that by sharing fighters and referees and doing co-promotions in Japan and the US, and potentially the UK and Korea also. Japan is important to ProElite, and we have great US television partners, so we can bring DREAM to the American public.”

It’s expected that ProElite will also attempt to put at least one of the co-promoted shows on network television in the form of CBS.

According to MMA Weekly, ProElite contracted fighters that were mentioned as potential DREAM participants in the future at the press conference included Kimbo Slice, Jake Shields, and Robbie Lawler.

EliteXC fighters Nick Diaz, Jason Miller, and Eddie Alvarez all competed at DREAM’s third show yesterday in Japan, unofficially beginning the sharing of assets between the two organizations.

ProElite Releases Full ICON Card for Sat


Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage.

ProElite, the parent company of ICON Sport, has announced that it will be streaming Saturday’s ICON Sport: To Hell and Back event for free on it’s official website.

The event will be available to members of ProElite.com. The televised portion of the card will begin at 8 PM ET. You can visit the event’s official site here.

A total of ten fights are slated to be shown including a main event between Phil Baroni and Kala Kolohe Hose, who will slug it out for the vacant ICON Sport middleweight title.

ICON Sport officials vacated the title from the waist of current EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler after the Miletich Fighting Systems product was forced to pull out of two consecutive title defenses against Hose due to injury. Lawler has since announced his intention of competing for the belt again in the near future.

Baroni is coming off of a six-month suspension stemming from a positive steroids test under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission. Baroni has not fought since being submitted by Frank Shamrock at a EliteXC and Strikeforce promoted show last June. He signed a multi-year deal with ProElite last month.

In between his canceled fights with Lawler, Hose knocked out Full Force Productions veteran Frederic Belleton at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in January.

Other fighters competing on the card include former professional boxer turned mixed martial artist Jeremy Williams, who will attempt to stay undefeated against submission expert Auggie Padekan. Tyson Nam will try to win his second consecutive fight when he takes on Russell Doane.

Ross Ebanez will try to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss to Eddie Alvarez in January when he clashes with Brennan Kamaka. An ICON Sport featherweight title bout between Sadhu Bott and Bronson Pieper is also scheduled to take place.

The current fight card for the event is after the jump:

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ProElite to Stream Baroni-Hose for Free on Sat


Photo by Jon Swenson, Sharkspage.

ProElite, the parent company of ICON Sport, has announced that it will be streaming the upcoming ICON Sport middleweight title bout between Phil Baroni and Kala Kolohe Hose for free on it’s official website this Saturday night.

The event will be available to members of ProElite.com. The televised portion of the card will begin at 10 PM ET. You can visit the event’s official site here.

ICON Sport officials vacated the title from the waist of current EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler after the Miletich Fighting Systems product was forced to pull out of two consecutive title defenses against Hose due to injury. Lawler has since announced his intention of competing for the belt again in the near future.

Baroni is coming off of a six-month suspension stemming from a positive steroids test under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission. Baroni has not fought since being submitted by Frank Shamrock at a EliteXC and Strikeforce promoted show last June. He signed a multi-year deal with ProElite last month.

In between his canceled fights with Lawler, Hose knocked out Full Force Productions veteran Frederic Belleton at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in January.

CKA: Feb 8, 2008

Kimbo Slice discusses his original date to fight against Tank Abbott that was cancelled and how he feels about EliteXC’s upcoming “Street Certified” event being in his hometown of Miami in the above video courtesy of Pro Elite.

Some news for you this morning…

Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting in California

Right after his suspension for a positive steroids test was reduced instead of being overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, Sean Sherk said that he would never fight in the state of California ever again. Over three months later, he still feels the same:

“There’s no reason for me to ever fight in California again. The way they treated my case and the way they handled everything was so unprofessional that there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever fight in the state of California again, unless they get rid of the entire commission and hire a whole new commission,” Sherk told MMA Weekly.

Speaking of the CSAC, they have suspended Luke Hartwig after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout at Strikeforce “Young Guns” event on February 1st. Hartwig has been sidelined for three months (can return on May 1st) and was fined $500.

Fedor Dominates at Russian Combat Sambo Championships

Fedor Emelianenko will be competing at the 2008 Russian Combat Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend.

So how did he do on his first day? MMA Ninja says pretty damn good.

As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent’s nose in 10 seconds.

The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a hold-down. The sequence of events happened once more and Fedor finished off Shushko in just over a minute.

Ninja and Fightlinker also discuss the weird relationship between Fedor and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Miscellaneous Notes

Fan favorite Paul Buentello revealed his desire to take on former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison in one of Morrison’s “MMA rules” bouts in The Underground. Touch of gloves to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the find. Luiz Alves, Muay Thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claims that he believes Tim Sylvia greased up for their title bout last weekend in a recent interview with Tatame.

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EliteXC Feb 16 to feature Kimbo vs Tank

EliteXC through Sam Caplan has announced the initial fighters to the upcoming February 16th card in Miami, FL.  The long awaited Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott much will be featured in the main event.

ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has learned that the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and former UFC staple Tank Abbott is scheduled to be the main event of EliteXC’s next show on Saturday, February 16.

The show, scheduled to air on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET, is slated to emanate from Miami, Florida. A venue has not been officially announced but the University of Miami has been rumored as a location.

In addition to Slice vs. Abbott, a middleweight matchup between Australian Kyle Noke and former UFC fighter Scott Smith is also scheduled. Antonio Silva and James “Colossus” Thompson are slated to compete on the card as well, in separate bouts.

Abbott and Slice had been scheduled to fight each other on October 12 in Atlantic City, NJ for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships promotion. However, the promotion ran into financial difficulties and was forced to cancel the card. The cancellation allowed Slice to become a free agent, and he signed a lucrative contract with EliteXC soon after. 

In addition, Sam is reporting that Gina Carano will also be featured on that show.

In addition to confirming a reported main event between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Tank Abbott, EliteXC announced the addition of female fighter Gina Carano to the card.

Carano last fought on Sept. 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, recording a first-round submission over Tonya Evinger.  Carano’s opponent for Feb. 16 has not been announced.

A prime Tank Abbott would make for a wild brawl with Kimbo Slice.  Unfortunately, Tank is 10 years past his prime at 42 years of age, having lost 7 of his last 8 fights in 10 years.  Even the inexperienced Kimbo should have no trouble putting Tank to sleep.  But there is always that chance that Tank lands one of those famous wild punches of his and hurts the granite jawed Slice.  At least Abbott will put up a much better showing than what Bo Cantrell offered in Kimbos’ MMA debut.

As for Gina, the inclusion of her on this card should help dispel some of the rumors of a dispute between her and EliteXC.  With her spot on the cast of American Gladistors, there were some whispers that EliteXC and Gina were in disagreement over when she would fight next and for how much financially.

Hose to Fight at ShoXC in January

MMA on Tap has learned that Kala Kolohe Hose will now fight as part of ShoXC’s next event on January 25th.

The news comes from a press release sent out by Pro Elite yesterday.

Hose’s originally scheduled fight against EliteXC Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler for this weekend was postponed after Lawler suffered a torn right bicep during a recent training session. This is the second time that Lawler has been forced to pull out of a proposed bout between the two. Lawler pulled out of a slated bout in June because of a shoulder injury.

According to Pro Elite officials, Hose will remain the number one contender for Lawler’s ICON Sport belt regardless if he is victorious or not in January.

A venue for the event will be announced later this month. An official opponent for Hose and additional matchups on the card will be revealed in the near future

EliteXC: Renegade Quick Results

Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly - Submission (Strikes)
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk - Unanimous Decision
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Antonio Silva def. Jon Wiezorek - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck - TKO (Cut)
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kevin Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell - TKO (Strikes)
Karl James Noons def. Nick Diaz - TKO (Cut)

EliteXC: Renegade Weigh-In Results

Showtime Bouts:

Nick Diaz (160 lbs) vs. KJ Noons (160 lbs)
Kimbo Slice (238 lbs) vs. Bo Cantrell (235 lbs)
Jake Shields (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Seth Kleinbeck (185 lbs) vs. Kyle Noke (186 lbs)
Antonio Silva (265 lbs) vs. Jonathan Wiezorek (271 lbs)

Undercard Bouts:

Geoff Bumstead (205 lbs) vs. Robert Ruiz (227 lbs)
Yves Edwards (161 lbs) vs. Nick Gonzalez (161 lbs)
Jon Kirk (186 lbs) vs. Matt Lucas (186 lbs)
Brett Rogers (264 lbs) vs.Ralph Kelly (243 lbs)
Jae Suk Lim (171 lbs) vs. Daniel Pineda (162 lbs)

EliteXC Signs Seth Kleinbeck to Six-Fight Deal

ProElite.com is reporting that EliteXC has signed Seth Kleinbeck to a new six-fight contract.

Seth Kleinbeck will be in action this Saturday when he steps into the cage with Kyle Noke at EliteXC: Renegade at America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

EliteXC: Renegade

Showtime Bouts:

Nick Diaz vs. KJ Noons
Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell
Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek

Undercard Bouts:

Yves Edwards vs. Nick Gonzales*
Geoff Bumstead vs. Robert Ruiz
Jae Suk Lim vs. Lane Yarbrough
Brett Rogers vs. Ralph Kelly
Jon Kirk vs. Matt Lucas

* Nick Gonzales is a last minute replacement for Moses Baca.

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