Rumble on the Rock

Fight of the Day: Tank Abbott vs. Cabbage Correira

From Rumble on the Rock 7 in May 2005, here’s the second fight between David “Tank” Abbott and Wesley “Cabbage” Correira.

Fight of the Day: Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami

From the first round of Rumble on the Rock’s middleweight tournament in January 2006, here’s Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami.

Fight of the Day: B.J. Penn vs. Takanori Gomi

From Rumble on the Rock 4 in October 2003, here’s current UFC champion B.J. Penn vs. former PRIDE title holder Takanori Gomi for the vacant ROTR lightweight belt.

Fight of the Day: Jake Shields vs Carlos Condit

From Rumble on the Rock’s welterweight tournament in 2006, here’s the tourney’s championship bout between current EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields and reigning WEC welterweight title holder Carlos Condit.

Tap Selections: Elite XC: Uprising

Scott White (121-51)

Robbie Lawler
Nick Diaz
Jake Sheilds
Gina Carano
Riki Fukuda

John Chandler (117-55)

Robbie Lawler
Nick Diaz
Jake Sheilds
Gina Carano
Riki Fukuda

ProElite Announces Acquisition of ICON Sport

EliteXC parent company ProElite held a press conference earlier today at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to announce the purchase of ICON Sport. The acquisition comes less than one day after ProElite also acquired King of the Cage.

The purchase marks the near one year anniversary of ProElite’s purchase of ICON Sport’s former rival, Rumble on the Rock:

“Last October … we came and invested in and bought Rumble World,” said EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw. “And today we’re proud to announce that within the last hour, we just completed our deal and we bought ICON. So, we own the islands.”

ProElite’s quest to form a global MMA organization looks like it’s coming together quite well…

 

EliteXC: Uprising Conference Call Notes

Showtime hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon in preparation for the upcoming EliteXC: Uprising event scheduled to take place on September 15th in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fighters featured on the call were ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler, EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua through the use of an interpreter, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano. Other officials participating in the call were EliteXC President Gary Shaw and ICON Sport President T. Jay Thompson.

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Showtime, EliteXC Presents Biggest MMA Event in Hawaiian History

NEW YORK – In less than seven months, ProElite’s respected live fight division, EliteXC, has gained the reputation for delivering consistently competitive, thrilling and memorable live Mixed Martial Arts events that showcase the world’s top fighters.

Under the watchful eye of Live Events President, Gary Shaw, EliteXC and SHOWTIME already have produced many significant accomplishments and has made MMA history on a couple of occasions; the most noteworthy of which: EliteXC is the first and only MMA organization on premium television.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oahu, Hawaii, EliteXC will establish another first when it presents the most significant MMA event in Hawaiian history and the initial collaboration between EliteXC and Hawaii-based promoters and former rivals, ICON Sport and ROTR (Rumble On The Rock). The remarkable event will feature an explosive five-fight telecast airing live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) followed by four fights streaming live at the premier mixed martial arts social networking and entertainment site, ProElite.com.

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Elite XC Announces Partnership with ICON, ROTR; Complete Uprising Card

Elite XC, ICON Sport, and Rumble on the Rock announced their official partnership earlier today at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Elite XC President Gary Shaw commented on the importance of the three promotions working together:

“It really is a major step,” said Director of Live Events for EliteXC Gary Shaw with ICON promoter T. Jay Thompson seated to his right and ROTR’s J.D. Penn on his left.

The new alliance’s first event will take place on September 15th at the Blaisdell Arena. Dubbed Elite XC - Uprising, the event will feature Elite XC Middleweight Champion Murlio Rua defending his title against ICON Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler. The event will be broadcast on Showtime.

“September 15 will be the biggest MMA event Hawaii has ever seen,” said Thompson, however the longtime Hawaii promoter predicted “it won’t be the biggest MMA event Hawaii will see in the future.”

Shaw also talked about future Elite XC-promoted events that will take place in Hawaii:

“Coming to Hawaii was important to EliteXC,” said Shaw. “As I said before, I believe this is really the home of mixed martial arts. Next year we’ll be back. We won’t be back in ‘07, but I guarantee to you … we’ll be back here in ‘08.”

The complete card for the Uprising event was also announced during the press conference:

Main Card:

Murilo Rua vs Robbie Lawler - EliteXC Middleweight Championship
Nick Diaz vs Mike Aina
Joey Villasenor vs Riki Fukuda
Renato Verissimo vs Jake Shields
Gina Carano vs Tonya Evinger

Preliminary Bouts:

Jaw Suk Kim vs Brandon Wolff
Kala Halohe Hose vs Jeff Cox
Mark Oshiro vs Nui Wheeler
Mark Kurano vs Jose Diaz
Justin Bucholz vs Kolo Koka
Tyson Nam vs Albert Manner

The preliminary bouts will be streamed for free at Pro Elite’s official website. The main card will be broadcast on Showtime.

Update 1:33 PM: The Fight Network is reporting that Pro Elite, the parent company of Elite XC, is currently in serious discussions regarding the possible purchase of ICON Sport.

Icon Sport promoter and matchmaker Patrick Freitas confirmed Thursday that Pro Elite, parent company of EliteXC, were still in serious discussions regarding the purchase of the Hawaii-based mixed martial arts promotion. Freitas stopped short of calling any deal imminent, but the conceded the two promotions have been in negotiations for months.

“I think it’s no secret that Pro Elite and Icon are talking about the acquisition of Icon, but anything could happen,” Freitas said.

According to Freitas, should the deal be consummated, Pro Elite would purchase the rights to the company and would hire Icon Sport president T.J. Thompson and Freitas to run events as consultants. The Icon Sport brand would remain intact. The relationship between Pro Elite and Icon Sport began in March when Proelite.com streamed the Icon Sport middleweight championship bout between Robbie Lawler and Frank Trigg.