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EliteXC has had its last show; promotion to fold

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Just think for a second though... dude makes a killing on sponsorships alone. If Bas really wanted to show he is a serious martial artist he could nudge him to this avenue and then if he wins Dana will have no choice but to play ball with him.


Yes, it's like less than 1% and I personally have no desire to see Kimbo in the UFC but I'd love to see him on TUF.

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It was kind of a dick statement from Dana, but at the same time, Kimbo's not good enough to get much past TUF realistically. Having star power and name power and being a good fighter are not mutually exclusive ideas. He's not good.


If UFC hadn't talked so much shit about Kimbo, they'd sign him in a heartbeat. The problem is, I don't know if Dana ever sat down and said "...Hey, what if?" about it. He's not that type of person. So he buried Kimbo to everyone who would listen, and now he's a free agent and he's kind of...stuck. You could easily get a TV rating or a decent PPV buyrate out of Kimbo in a freakshow fight and then see where you go from there, but ...realistically? He's not good enough to even lace the boots of people like Nog or Randy.


Kimbo on TV for eight weeks in a house with little to no supervision with a couple other abrasive personalities would be goddamn hilarious though.

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Looks like Pro Elite might not be dead yet.


From FiveOuncesOfPain.com:

FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through multiple sources - all speaking on the condition of anonymity - that ProElite’s current management team is hard at work towards completing the sale of the company. Indications are that ProElite believes it could have an agreement in place prior to the Christmas holiday.


According to sources, as many as three groups are believed to be vying for ProElite. Only the identity of one of the groups is certain, with multiple sources stating that a group led by King of the Cage promoter Terry Trebilcock has made a bid.


However, Trebilcock’s group is not considered the leading contender at this date. Sources will only go so far as to describe the top contender as a company with over a billion dollars in annual gross revenue that also is a recognizable name.


One group that is not considered to be a leading contender is the publicly traded Art of War promotional fight company. In response to a Nov. 26 report by this website, a source said that while the company was interested in submitting a bid on ProElite early in the sale process, that Art of War is no longer considered to a legitimate suitor at this time.


Whether there is a legitimate third contender for ProElite is not entirely certain, as only one source indicated the involvement of a third unnamed group in the bidding process.


It is believed that upon the completion of the sale, the leading contender hopes to inherit ProElite’s television contracts with both CBS and SHOWTIME. While it is believed that the two television partners have no desire to work with ProElite’s current ownership, Five Ounces of Pain has learned that they would be open to working with a new ProElite management team. Sources have indicated that both CBS and SHOWTIME have every intention of televising MMA events in 2009 and that they are looking for a group that can promote a large number of events.


The likelihood of a ProElite sale to a new owner raises the possibility that fighters under contract to EliteXC will not be granted free agency. While select fighters are being allowed to fight outside of their current deals on a one-off basis, the bulk of their fights could potentially come with a new version of EliteXC in 2009.



I hope this does go through. Many people want to say Kimbo hurt the sport and put it back. I think what really hurt it was a large MMA promotion failing despite having the best television deals in North America.

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