ProElite.com has learned that the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Internet street fighting legend Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson and former UFC staple Tank Abbott is scheduled to be the main event of EliteXC's next show on Saturday, February 16.
- 1:20:00 AM -
Scott Smith signs with EliteXC; Debuts in February
EliteXCissued a press release regarding the signing of former UFC fighter Scott Smith (11-4, 1-3 UFC). The deal appears to be a long term deal but how long that is unknown, 4 to 6 fights maybe? but thats pure speculation. Smith should make his debut with EliteXC in February.
11.14.2007 - 10:39:00 AM -
Nick Diaz to see plastic surgeon
The Fight Network is reporting that Nick Diaz will seek the assistance of a plastic surgeon to remove the scar tissue that has formed around his eyes. Here's the skinny:
Nick Diaz will seek out the assistance of Las Vegas-based plastic surgeon Frank Stile in order to repair the considerable scar tissue that has developed around his eyes. Kit Cope, the man who cornered the 24-year-old in his failed attempt to win the EliteXC lightweight title at EliteXC "Renegade" on Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas, made the announcement after the bout.
Here's a little more info from Kit Cope:
"He didn't get hit with anything hard," Cope said. "It's just that he's got some gnarly cuts. There were a couple of fights [in his past] where he got cut and then band aided it, you know... didn't get any good stitches, so he's got a lot of scar tissue. You breathe on the guy, and he gets cut."
A board certified plastic surgeon and avid MMA fan, Stile has been training with Cope, a former muay Thai champion, at his gym in Las Vegas.
"We're going to get his eyes fixed up," Cope said. "There's something they can do to actually fix the scars that makes them a lot smaller. [Stile is] going to have him fixed up so he doesn't split open so easy. We're going to go ahead and do that, have another warm-up fight and then come back and snag the title back that belongs to him."
Kimbo Slice makes a dominating debut defeating Bo Cantrell by tapout due to strikes 19 seconds into the first round. KJ Noons captured the 160 lb. lightweight title by defeating Nick Diaz after the doctor stopped the fight due to cuts above both of Nick's eyes suffered in the first round.
Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda by Submission (rear naked choke) at 2:42, R1
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly by Submission (strikes) at 1:43, R1
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk by Unanimous Decisoin (30-27x3) at 5:00, R3
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez by Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:05, R1
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz by Submission (rear naked choke) at 1:30, R1
Antonio Silva def. Jonathan Wiezorek by Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:12, R1
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck by TKO (cut) at 4:22, R2
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle by Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:39, R1
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell by TKO at :19, R1
KJ Noons def. Nick Diaz by TKO (Doctar Stoppage - Cuts) at 5:00. R1
11.06.2007 - 11:19:00 PM -
KJ Noons is going to get his ass kicked
I think that Fightlinker has the right idea on this one:
I don't really mind that much because I'll enjoy watching Nick punk this bitch. But I do feel bad for Diaz. To come off a win against one of the top lightweights in the world and now be stuck fighting scrubsmust be pretty damned frustrating. Not only does Nick not get any props for beating these guys, he's putting his rep on the line every time he steps into the cage to fight. If he gets caught and knocked out by one of these upstart challengers, that would do hella damage to his rep. These fights are all risk and no gain for him.
11.01.2007 - 11:17:00 AM -
EliteXC Updates; Kimbo Slice vs Bo Cantrell
EliteXC held a conference call yesterday to promote their next event on Nov. 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The card is scheduled to be televised by Showtime at 10 p.m. ET.
Gary Shaw clearly defined what weight classes the EliteXC would have; EliteXC will have divisions at 140 lbs., 150 lbs., 160 lbs., 170 lbs., 185 lbs., light heavyweight (186-205), heavyweight (206-265), and a super heavyweight (265-plus). The 160 Lb. division will be known as their Lightweight division.
10.19.2007 - 10:47:00 AM -
EliteXC expresses interest in Mayhem
As was reported yesterday, Jason "Mayhem" Miller is now reportedly a free agent and can negotiate with any promotion he so chooses. ProElite/EliteXC might have the best chance at landing the free agent because of his current work with ProElite.com. Sam Caplan has posted at his ProElite Blog that he was able to contact EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw for comment:
"In a heart beat," Shaw responded when asked if EliteXC would have interest in Miller. "Love him. I like him as a person. He's a great character, a great salesman. He can also fight. And if he's truly free to negotiate then I'd have an interest in him but I don't purposely interfere with any other organization's contract. I'd have to be assured that he's free to negotiate."
10.18.2007 - 11:07:00 AM -
Mayhem Miller becomes a free agent.
There has been a lot of speculation as to when Mayhem's next fight in the UFC would be. From what we've heard his contract was bought out by the UFC whenever they bought the WFA. It was reported to be a 2 fight contract, he has only fought once for the WEC leaving one more fight on his contract. Josh Gross at sherdog.com is reporting that Mayhem is free from his Zuffa contract and is free to talk to other promotions. There's a hilarious quote by mayhem in the article:
"I like adventures," the enigmatic Miller said. "I'm the Lewis and Clark of MMA. More Lewis than Clark. Actually, whoever was tagging Sacajawea, I'm him."
Mayhem has quite a personality and is quite a self promoter. I would imagine that any promotion would love to have him. He has been doing broadcast work for ProElite.com alot here recently so i would expect him to sign with ProElite/EliteXC. Mayhem was the Icon Sport middleweight champ before losing to Frank Trigg. Icon Sport was recently purchased by ProElite, so my bet is that he'll end up there.
The article goes on to say that the split seemed to be amicable and that Mayhem has fulfilled his contractual obligations. Mayhem had this to say about his time with the WEC:
"I had a great experience with the WEC," Miller said. "They really know how to take of the fighters."
10.15.2007 - 11:36:00 AM -
Jake Shields to the UFC
Jake Sheilds recently did an interview with ADCombat.com which revealed that he was interested in possibly going to the UFC.
KM: Your contract status?
JS: This is the last fight on my contract. They offered some more fights but I'm letting my manager handle that.
KM: Who is your manager?
JS: Right now my Dad is actually my manager.
KM: What do you think of 2008?
JS: I want to go out there and fight the best. I'm really looking at UFC over Elite because that is where a lot of top guys are. In the next few weeks I'll probably make my decision on where I'm going to be signing.
KM: Should we say you are 'in talks now' or 'have talked to' UFC?
JS: Have been in the past. I'm sure we're going to talk to them in the next week before we sign anything with Elite. I'm ready to get in there with the top guys. With the Rumble on the Rock tournament and EliteXC and my last four or five fights have been top come and have been fast, easy fights. I think it definitely shows I belong there.
With only one fight left on his contract and the interest he is showing in the UFC this could possibly be a big blow to EliteXC. Jake Shields is one of the top talents right now in the EliteXC but I would definately like to see him in the UFC. The UFC's welterweight division is stacked right now and would definately be the best place for him to test his meddle. Shields is a Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu trained fighter and also trains with Former UFC fighter and EliteXC fighter Nick Diaz.
Shields reminds me a lot of John Fitch. Shields usually comes into the fight as a bigger 170 lber. He's got good wrestling, and he's slick wotj jos Jiu Jitsu. I'd definately like to see him take on some of the talent in the UFC's welterweight division.
- 11:05:00 AM -
Nick Diaz to fight KJ Noons for EliteXC 160 lb. Title
Sam Caplan @ ProElite is reporting that Nick Diaz will take on KJ Noons for EliteXC's 160 lb. title. This will be the first time that promotion will crown a 160 lb. champ. The organizations only other Champion is Robbie Lawler at 185, who recently stopped Ninja Rua in September to win the strap.
They are set to fight on Nov. 10 at EliteXC's next event. Jake Shields, one of Nick Diaz's training partners, is also set to take on Mike Pyle from Xtreme Couture. Kimbo Slice is set to make his EliteXC debut after they announced he had been signed to EliteXC to a long term contract. There's also a chance we might get to see Gina Carrano too.
The championship bout comes of the news that EliteXC had also wrapped up Nick Diaz with a long term contract as well.