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Breaking News: ProElite to Fold This Week


Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

That’s the hot rumor going around the web right now.  The closest confirmation thus far is a report on GracieFighter.com.

We are confirming that EliteXC has folded. What this means for our fans and supporters is that there will not be a Nick Diaz vs. Eddie Alvarez fight on November 8th. However Jake Shields in the UFC has now become a real possibility. We will be updating our site for future developments.

GracieFighter.com is the official website of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team, among whom they count as members Jake Shields and the Diaz brothers.  Thus they have an inside track on all info regarding their fighters.

Further word comes from the On The Mat website:

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EliteXC Confirms Smith-Lombard for Nov. 8


Scott Smith. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Former two-time EliteXC middleweight title challenger Scott Smith will attempt to bounce back from his failed title shot against Robbie Lawler in facing streaking Cuban judo expert Hector Lombard at EltieXC’s “Night of Champions” on November 8 in Las Vegas.

The organization confirmed the previously rumored bout in a press release sent out to the media this past weekend. The Smith-Lombard middleweight matchup will be one of a handful of fights signed for the event’s televised live broadcast on Showtime.

Prior to his pair of fights against Lawler, Smith was victorious in his EliteXC debut, dispatching of Kyle Noke via second-round knockout at EliteXC’s “Street Certified” event in February. After serving as a contestant on the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Smith was released from the UFC following consecutive losses to Patrick Cote and Ed Herman.

Lombard, the reigning Cage Fighting Championships’ middleweight champion, is currently riding an eleven-fight undefeated streak and hasn’t lost since dropping an unanimous decision to DREAM title holder Gegard Mousasi at PRIDE Bushido 13 close to two years ago.

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Reger’s Rant Oct 15, 2008

EliteXC Doubletalk

Apparently, Jeremy Lappen is making it a habit of saying the wrong things in recent days.  Courtesy of MMAWeekly

The Florida State Boxing Commission on Tuesday released the final gate figures and medical suspensions for EliteXC’s “Heat” on Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

“There were 6,854 paid attendees for $677,793 in gross gate revenue. An additional 847 tickets were given out as “comps,” adding up to $97,542 in uncounted revenue. 7,701 people attended the event in all.

At the post-fight press conference, EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen originally reported that 9,414 fans attended the event with 7,723 paid attendees for a live gate of $826,000.

So much for the place being “sold out” as Lappen and Jared Shaw continued to say the day before the event. 

With the news coming of last weeks consistent flip flops and accusations of being misquoted, despite being on tape, someone in the EXC PR department may want to tell Mr. Lappen to quiet down a bit.

What are Anderson Silva’s plans?

A few weeks ago, UFC Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva made waves by saying he planned on retiring soon.  Soon thereafter, his manager Ed Soares discounted the reports as Anderson just having fun.  But now a new video has shown up on Sherdog in which Anderson continues to say his time in mixed martial arts is basically over.

The UFC really needs to get to the bottom of this before Silva basically pulls a Couture and calls Zuffa to say he is retiring. 

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Video of the Day: Dana White Blasts EliteXC

It was pretty obvious that UFC President Dana White was already irked about the situation involving EliteXC and the allegations that they are essentially attempting to fix fights. The above video shows you just how pissed he really is.

Herman Stops Schall at ShoXC in Indiana


Dave Herman vs. Kerry Schall. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC

“PEE WEE” STANDS TALL YET AGAIN, PUTS AWAY SCHALL IN AN INDIANA MINUTE IN MAIN EVENT ON SHOXC

HAMMOND, Ind. (Oct. 11, 2008) – Promising, unbeaten heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee’’ Herman of Bloomington, Ind., improved to 12-0 with a 1:06, first-round TKO over Kerry “Meat Truck’’ Schall (21-11) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the main event Friday on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.

Schall got Herman’s attention with a huge overhand right hand approximately a half-minute in.

But the shot only seemed to invigorate and anger Herman, who retaliated with a vengeance. He connected with a series of knees that dropped Schall and then finished off the veteran, who complained afterward about a low blow, with three punches while he was down and defenseless.

“I may have got hit, but I didn’t feel it,’’ said Herman, who improved to 3-0 for EliteXC and 2-0 on Showtime. “I don’t care who I fight next but I hope it is as soon as possible. Actually, I would like to fight on the EliteXC Nov. 8 card on Showtime.’’

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Florida to Investigate EliteXC Allegations


Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Following the numerous stories and comments concerning Seth Petruzelli’s essential self-admittance that EliteXC paid him to keep his fight against Kimbo Slice last Saturday night on the feet, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the Florida Boxing Commission, has opened a preliminary investigation into his comments according to ESPN’s Franklin McNeil:

“While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn’t have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight,” said Jennifer Meale, Communications Director for the DBPR.

What else hasn’t been said or covered already about this situation? Well there’s Jeremy Lappen’s hysterical comments to Michael David Smith now too. Here’s a full recap of the stories we’ve done on this travesty:

Florida to Investigate EliteXC Allegations
Shaw, White Chime in on EliteXC Mess
EliteXC Still Backpedaling on Bonus Debacle
More on the EliteXC Payment Controversy
Did EliteXC Attempt to Bribe Seth Petruzelli?

Shamrock Releases Statement on Kimbo Fight


Ken Shamrock. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

After being forced to withdrawal from his scheduled headlining bout against Kimbo Slice at last weekend’s EliteXC event in Florida due to a cut suffered shortly before the show, UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock has released a statement regarding the events that took place.

The statement in full:

Open Letter From Ken Shamrock on CBS Fight

On October 4th, I was set to fight Kimbo Slice on the EliteXC/CBS Saturday Night Fights in a highly anticipated event. Unfortunately, because of a training accident and the intervention of the Florida State Boxing Commission, our fight did not happen.  I suffered a cut above my left eye that required six stitches, and the cut was significant enough to cause the Florida State Boxing Commission to refuse to allow me to fight.

The scheduled bout with Kimbo on the EliteXC/CBS Saturday Night Fight card was a great opportunity, and it is unfortunate that I was unable to face Kimbo as planned. I want to apologize to all of my fans, and to the EliteXC and CBS executives who worked so hard to put this fight together.  I also want to apologize to Kimbo, Bas Rutten and their entire camp for what happened. I recognize that I put them in a very bad situation, particularly Kimbo. It’s difficult to walk into the ring after training for one opponent only to find out hours before the fight that you have to face some you don’t know or have never seen fight.

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EliteXC Announces “A Night of Champions”

EliteXC today officially announced details regarding their scheduled November 8 event, titled “A Night of Champions”. The show will take place at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and will air live on Showtime.

The card will be headlined by two separate championship fights: EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler will defend his title in a rematch against a streaking Joey Villasenor while Nick Diaz and DREAM standout Eddie Alvarez will battle it out for the vacant EliteXC lightweight belt.

Tickets are on sale now, start at $38, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Additional fights expected to take place at the event include Kaitlin Young vs. Sarah Kaufmann, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Cyrille Diabate (possibly for the vacant EliteXC light heavyweight title), and Brett Rogers against an opponent yet to be determined.

Shaw, White Chime in on EliteXC Mess


Gary Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

If anything could make EliteXC’s situation even worse right now, it would be a current or former employee involved in the matchmaking of the fights they put on to come out and basically admit that, yeah, the organization does tell fighters to keep their bouts standing “for the fans.”

Enter Gary Shaw. The former face of the promotion has told the Los Angeles Times that he hasn’t hesitated in the past to tell fighters that the company was looking to put on a certain kind of fight. And his comments couldn’t come at a worse time:

But Elite XC consultant Gary Shaw said he wouldn’t hesitate to “go to a fighter and say, ‘We’re looking for a stand-up fight.’ You’re not asking him to throw a fight. You’re talking about a fan-friendly fight, not about protecting Kimbo.”

Shaw said he has urged MMA fighters in the past to maximize the action, to avoid an abundance of yawn-inspiring wrestling.

“Do I think that’s unethical? No,” Shaw said. “Because in MMA, you get bonus money for a knockout. I don’t see it as unethical . . . asking him to be TV and fan friendly.

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EliteXC Still Backpedaling on Bonus Debacle


Jeremy Lappen. Photo by Esther Lin/CombatLifestyle.com.

If Seth Petruzelli wasn’t already pretty popular after knocking out Kimbo Slice last Saturday, he’s likely finding out that he’s gaining notoriety by the minute these days. Just about of the major news outlets are now covering Petruzelli’s botched comments - he inadvertently claimed that EliteXC had offered him a bonus to keep his fight against Slice on the feet on an Orlando radio show Monday - and no one involved is content with the current situation.

What is EliteXC doing during all of this? Continuing to try and save face while contradicting itself of course. One of Bloody Elbow‘s readers discovered that EliteXC figurehead Jeremy Lappen has been giving differing answers during interviews this week. He’s not the only one either.

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