Today, Pavia, Ciscone & Associates announced that Mike Pyle has signed a three-fight deal with the newly formed Showtime organization, Elite Xtreme Combat. Pyle’s first fight will come against Ross “The Boss” Ebanez on February 10, 2007.
Also it has been announced that the UFC has re-signed Martin “Hitman” Kampmann and “Irish” Jake O’Brien to three-fight extensions.
World-class boxing promoter Gary Shaw, president of EliteXC Live Events Division, watches on as MMA pioneers Renzo Gracie (L) and Frank Shamrock pose for the cameras at Thursday’s press conference in Hollywood. Photo: Tom Casino/EliteXC
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - At a jam-packed press conference Thursday at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Showtime and Pro-Elite, Inc., officially announced the formation of Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC). Beginning Feb. 10, 2007, Los Angeles-based EliteXC will exploit the growing phenomenon of mixed martial arts by staging world-class live events on Showtime.
Legends Frank Shamrock, regarded by many to be the first true mixed martial artist in combat sports, and Renzo Gracie, a prominent member of the most famous family in martial arts, will make history when they collide in the featured attraction on Showtime at the Desoto Civic Center in Mississippi. Their match will mark the first time an MMA event has aired live on premium television.
Among the speakers at Thursday’s historic press conference were Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President/General Manager Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks, Inc.; Doug DeLuca, Chief Executive Officer of Pro-Elite Inc.; Gary Shaw, President of EliteXC Live Events division and Kelly Perdew, the “Apprentice 2’’ winner who is President of EliteXC.com.
It was announced Thursday that former wrestling superstar, (Bill) Goldberg, and enormously popular television personality, Mario Lopez, would be part of the announcing team. It also was announced that Feb. 10 undercard bouts not televised on Showtime would be streamed live at http://www.EliteXC.com.
Below are selected quotes from Thursday’s press conference. To view the conference in its entirety, please go to EliteXC.com.
Showtime and Pro Elite Inc. announced today that Frank Shamrock will battle Renzo Gracie on February 10th at the inaugural event for Elite Xtreme Combat - the MMA creation of the two.
The event will take place at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi and will be broadcast at 10 PM EST on Showtime of course.
No other bouts have been announced but fighters who are currently expected to participate in the event are David Loiseau, Antonio Silva, Edson Berto, KJ Noons, and Tim Persey.
As we found out earlier this year, former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg will serve as the color commentator during the show.