Jared Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com
Despite rampant speculation that EliteXC and the multiple promotions owned under parent company ProElite are in potential financial trouble, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw is denying the reports, at least when it comes to the home of Kimbo Slice and K.J. Noons.
“EliteXC will not be going on Sept. 20,” Shaw said in a report on MMA Junkie this morning. “I’m the vice president of EliteXC, so I don’t really know all the matters that occur with the Cage Rages or ICONs of the world. But I can tell you that EliteXC is fully functional and fully healthy. Some things happen on a larger scale not necessarily that we’re not privy to, but we’re busy working on other events. For EliteXC we just felt that we needed to clear the runway for a big landing on Oct. 4.”
Those other events Shaw speaks of apparently include four more shows over the next three months, starting with the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on September 26th, which will be headlined by Wilson Reis taking on Bao Quach for the vacant EliteXC featherweight belt.
“We have a large schedule of mixed martial arts fights coming up,” Shaw said. “We have Sept. 26 in Santa Barbara - our ShoXC featuring that world title fight (between 140-pound fighters Bao Quach and Wilson Reis). Oct. 4 (we’re) on CBS featuring Kimbo Slice and Gina Carano. Oct. 10 on Showtime, ShoXC will feature the heavyweight phenom, Dave Herman. And we will be back on Nov. 8 with another tremendous Showtime show.”
Shaw revealed that the November event will most likely feature former EliteXC middleweight title challenger Joey Villasenor, who was scheduled to headline the organization’s “Showdown at the Pit” card in New Mexico on September 20th before it was abruptly cancelled.
As far as Noons and his camp go, EliteXC has reportedly issued a deadline of 8 PM ET today to sign a bout agreement that will have Noons defend his lightweight title in a rematch against Nick Diaz at the October 4th show on CBS.
“A bout agreement has been sent to K.J. Noons,” Shaw said. “He has until 5 (p.m. PT Thursday) to accept it, or he can face public opinion.”
It’s a move that Noons plans to respond to in the coming days.
“A few things will be settled over the next few days,” Noons told MMANews.com. “But for now we’ll just let Jared Shaw go off on his little rants and let him have his fun, this isn’t bothering me. I just need a couple more days to get this stuff worked out and then I will be able to say my piece and clear my name of everything that is being said and everything that is going on.”
Nick Diaz’s camp was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
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