Javier Vasquez. Snapshot courtesy of ProElite.com.
Update 9:24 PM: EliteXC’s attempt to lure Vasquez out of retirement apparently was unsuccessful as the promotion has tapped Marlon Matias to serve as a replacement opponent for Douglas in Saturday night’s scheduled swing bout. Matias was defeated in his only EliteXC bout to date - a unanimous decision loss to Conor Heun at a ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event in March.
EliteXC officials are reportedly attempting to lure longtime veteran Javier “Showtime” Vasquez to replace an injured Malaipet Sitprapom in a planned swing bout against David Douglas that would air, time-permitting, on the CBS broadcast of this weekend’s “Unfinished Business” show.
The news comes from Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain. No indication has been made as of yet concerning a decision by EliteXC or Vasquez. The 31-year-old King of the Cage veteran announced his retirement last year after two successful comeback appearances under the EliteXC banner. Vasquez has been working part-time with Sherdog.com.
In other EliteXC news, Caplan is also reporting through the management team of Dave Herman that the undefeated light heavyweight prospect is expected to return to action at a planned ShoXC event on September 26th. A potential opponent for Herman currently remains unknown.
Herman last stopped veteran Ron Waterman with strikes at EliteXC’s “Return of the King” event in June. Prior to that, he earned a third-round TKO of American Top Team product Mario Rinaldi in February. Herman was reportedly in line to challenge Antonio Silva for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title this weekend but prior commitments prevented him from accepting the title shot.
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