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Elite Xtreme Combat

Elite Xtreme Combat
Type Public
Traded as OTC Pink: PELE
Founded 2006
Founders Showtime Networks, ProElite
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people William Kelly President & Chief Operating Officer, Chairman, Paul Feller, Glenn Golenberg, Douglas De Luca
Parent ProElite

Elite Xtreme Combat, also known as EliteXC, was a ProElite. It was founded as a partnership between Showtime Networks and ProElite and officially announced on December 14, 2006.[1] It was headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

The partnership to form EliteXC was announced on November 13, 2006.[2] The first major event occurred February 10, 2007 at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Fighters Frank Shamrock and Renzo Gracie fought in the main event. Also debuting on this card was Charles Bennett, KJ Noons, Mike Pyle, and Antonio Silva.

In early 2008, EliteXC had reached an agreement with CBS to broadcast EliteXC shows on prime time. The arrangement was that CBS would broadcast EliteXC specials every other month on Saturday nights.[3] CBS aired only three events in 2008, on May 31, July 26, and October 4.

EliteXC events

This is a list of events held and scheduled by Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC), a pay-per-view, while the others aired on the Showtime cable network or on CBS.

# Event Title Date Arena Location
11 EliteXC: Heat October 4, 2008 BankAtlantic Center Sunrise, Florida
10 EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 Stockton Arena Stockton, California
9 EliteXC: Return of the King June 14, 2008 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Oahu, Hawaii
8 EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
7 Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le March 29, 2008 HP Pavilion San Jose, California
6 EliteXC: Street Certified February 16, 2008 BankUnited Center Miami, Florida
5 EliteXC: Renegade November 10, 2007 American Bank Center Corpus Christi, Texas
4 EliteXC: Uprising September 15, 2007 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Oahu, Hawaii
3 Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni June 22, 2007 HP Pavilion San Jose, California
2 Dynamite!! USA June 2, 2007 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California
1 EliteXC Destiny February 10, 2007 DeSoto Civic Center Southaven, Mississippi

ShoXC

On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Proelite.com and Showtime would produce a new series titled ShoXC.[4] The monthly shows featured up-and-coming MMA talent, similar to Showtime's ShoBox boxing events. The first took place on July 27, 2007. The first event was co-promoted with King of the Cage and was also known as KOTC: Undisputed.

Partnership with Cage Rage

On September 7, 2007, ProElite, Inc. announced that they had officially acquired British MMA organization Cage Rage Championships. EliteXC and Cage Rage Championships planned numerous joint ventures together, beginning with Cage Rage 23.[5]

Partnership with DREAM

On May 10, 2008 EliteXC announced a working partnership with Japanese promotion Dream. The two groups intended to share fighters (Eddie Alvarez, Jason Miller and Nick Diaz have already participated in Dream events) and eventually co-promote shows.[6]

Co-promoting with Affliction

On September 24, 2008 EliteXC announced a working partnership with rival US promotion Affliction. Affliction offered Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson for the EliteXC: Heat card on CBS.[7] In addition, Affliction heavily promoted their line through commercials on the show. It was hoped that the two companies would survive a rocky financial situation long enough to co-promote fights again in the future.

Troubles and Failure

On October 4, 2008, prominent EliteXC fighter Kimbo Slice lost via early knockout to late replacement fighter Seth Petruzelli. The unexpected outcome of this fight drew a great deal of attention, and subsequent comments by Petruzelli that he was offered a monetary bonus to employ certain techniques during the fight (comments he later recanted and obfuscated), raised the question of undue influence by EliteXC representatives in fights. Significant debt incurred by parent company Pro Elite with no investors or buyers showing interest[8] caused the subsequent cancellation of the November 8, 2008 event. Combined with the Florida State Athletic Commission launching an investigation into the Slice/Petruzelli fight, Pro Elite announced on October 20, 2008 that they would cease operations.

EliteXC Champions

Heavyweight Championship

Up to 265 lb (120 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Antonio Silva
def. Justin Eilers
EliteXC: Unfinished Business
Stockton, California, USA
July 26, 2008

Middleweight Championship

171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Murilo Rua
def. Joey Villasenor
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
San Jose, California, USA
June 22, 2007
2 Robbie Lawler
EliteXC: Uprising
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
September 15, 2007

1. NC vs. Scott Smith at EliteXC: Primetime on May 31, 2008 in Newark, New Jersey, USA
2. def. Scott Smith at EliteXC: Unfinished Business on Jul 26, 2008 in Stockton, California, USA

Welterweight Championship

170 lb (77 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Jake Shields
def. Nick Thompson
EliteXC: Unfinished Business
Stockton, California, USA
July 26, 2008

1. def. Paul Daley at EliteXC: Heat on Oct 4, 2008 in Sunrise, Florida, USA

Lightweight Championship

160 lb (73 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 KJ Noons
def. Nick Diaz
EliteXC: Renegade
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
November 10, 2007

1. def. Yves Edwards at EliteXC: Return of the King on Jun 14, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Noons was stripped of the title on September 19, 2008 by EliteXC

Bantamweight Championship

Up to 140lb (64 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Wilson Reis
def. Abel Cullum
ShoXC 8
Santa Ynez, California, USA
September 26, 2008

Women's division

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Press Release, Pro Elite launches Elite Xtreme combat on showtime, EliteXC. [Last retrieved January 7, 2007]
  2. ^ SHOWTIME to Televise MMA, Sherdog.com. [Last retrieved January 7, 2007
  3. ^ "EliteXC expected to announce deal with CBS". MMA Junkie. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  4. ^ The Fight Network :: All fights all the time :: Get it on!
  5. ^ MMA Weekly - Your #1 Source for Daily MMA News, Interviews, Multimedia, and More: - Pro Elite acquires Cage Rage Championships
  6. ^ "Pro Elite & Dram announce partnership". MMAWeekly. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Andrei Arlovski vs Roy Nelson at Elite XC on CBS". MMAWeekly. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  8. ^ Reports: EliteXC tells employees, fighters it's out of business

External links

  • Former Official EliteXC Site as captured by archive.org
  • Official Showtime Networks, Inc. Site
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