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EliteXC
Elite Xtreme Combat, also known as EliteXC, was a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and was the second biggest of its kind in the world, the first being the UFC. It was founded as a partnership between Showtime Networks Inc. and ProElite, Inc. and officially announced on December 14, 2006. It was headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

The partnership to form EliteXC was announced on November 13th, 2006. 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.

On February 27, 2008, it was reported that EliteXC had reached an agreement with CBS to broadcast EliteXC shows on prime time. If successful, it is thought that CBS will broadcast EliteXC specials every other month on Saturday nights. CBS aired EliteXC: Primetime on May 31st, 2008 making EliteXC the first primetime MMA program on American network television.

ShoXCEdit

On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Proelite.com and Showtime would produce a new series titled ShoXC. The monthly shows would highlight 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. Gary Shaw stated that there would be 4 ShoXC events in 2007 and 8 in 2008.

Partnership with Cage RageEdit

On September 7, 2007, ProElite, Inc. announced that they had officially accquired British MMA organization Cage Rage. EliteXC and Cage Rage Championships will begin numerous joint ventures together, beginning with Cage Rage 23. That event will be the first Cage Rage event to be presented under the new EliteXC banner and will air live on elitexc.com.

Partnership with DREAMEdit

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

Co-promoting with AfflictionEdit

On September 24, 2008 EliteXC announced a working partnership with rival US promotion Affliction. Affliction offered Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson for the EliteXC card on CBS. 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.

DemiseEdit

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 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.[1]

Around a year and a half later, on February 23, 2010, Stratus Media Group bought a controlling intrest in ProElite and is planning to hold more events in the future.[2]

EliteXC eventsEdit

The first event took place in February 2007. The list includes three events that EliteXC co-promoted (Dynamite!! USA, Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni, and Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le) with other MMA organizations. Two events were shown initially on pay-per-view, while the others have debuted on the Showtime cable network.

# Event Date Venue Location
19 EliteXC: Heat October 4, 2008 BankAtlantic Center Sunrise, Florida
18 ShoXC 8 September 26, 2008 Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, California
17 ShoXC 7 August 15, 2008 Table Mountain Casino Friant
16 EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 Stockton Arena Stockton, California
15 EliteXC: Return of the King June 14, 2008 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Oahu, Hawaii
14 EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
13 ShoXC 6 April 5, 2008 Table Mountain Casino Friant, California
12 Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le March 29, 2008 HP Pavilion San Jose, California
11 ShoXC 5 March 21, 2008 Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, California
10 EliteXC: Street Certified February 16, 2008 BankUnited Center Miami, Florida
9 ShoXC 4 January 25, 2008 Trump Taj Mahal Atlantic City, New Jersey
8 EliteXC: Renegade November 10, 2007 American Bank Center Corpus Christi, Texas
7 ShoXC 3 October 26, 2007 Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, California
6 EliteXC: Uprising September 15, 2007 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Oahu, Hawaii
5 ShoXC 2 August 25, 2007 Vicksburg Convention Center Vicksburg, Mississippi
4 ShoXC 1 July 27, 2007 Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, California
3 Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni June 2, 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

EliteXC ChampionsEdit

Lightweight championshipEdit

Name Date
KJ Noons November 10, 2007


Welterweight championshipEdit

Name Date
Jake Shields July 26, 2008


Middleweight championship Edit

Name Date
Murilo Rua June 2, 2007
Robbie Lawler September 15, 2007


Heavyweight (MMA)Edit

Name Date
Antonio Silva July 26 2008


Women's DivisionEdit

  • Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos
  • Debi Purcell
  • Gina Carano
  • Kaitlin Young
  • Shayna Baszler
  • Tonya Evinger

Notable personalities (non-fighters)Edit

  • David Marshall - Chairman (2006-Present)
  • Douglas DeLuca - Chief Executive Officer (2006-Present)
  • Kelly Perdew - President of ProElite.com (2006-Present)
  • Gary Shaw - Director and President of Live Events (2006-Present)
  • Mauro Ranallo - Play-by-Play Commentator (2007-Present) formerly of Pride Fighting Championships
  • Stephen Quadros - Color Commentator (2007-Present) formerly of Pride Fighting Championships
  • Jay Glazer - Commentator (2007-Present), formerly of Pride Fighting Championships
  • Bill Goldberg - Color Commentator (2007-Present)
  • Karyn Bryant - Roving Reporter (2008-Present)
  • Stephanie Stokes - Undercard Announcer

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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