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Elite XC Announces Antonio Silva Versus Someone Else For Heavyweight Title

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(Let the search for an opponent begin.)

Elite XC officially announced its July 26 event in a press release sent out to the media today, noting that the card will feature three title fights: Robbie Lawler-Scott Smith for the middleweight title, Jake Shields-Nick Thompson for the vacant welterweight title, and Antonio Silva-TBA for the newly created Elite XC heavyweight title. Because nothing says ‘this belt isn’t very important‘ like announcing a title fight with only one participant a month out from the fight.

The Silva bout, along with two others, will air live on Showtime. The other two title fights will air live on CBS alongside two other bouts.

Said Pro Elite Executive Chairman Doug DeLuca, “One venue, two networks and seven exciting world class fights adds up to an entertaining and memorable mixed martial arts event in prime time.”

That one venue is the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif., home to such sports teams as the Stockton Thunder and the Stockton Lightning.

As you may have guessed, the Nick Diaz-Thomas Denny bout is one that Elite XC is relying on to drive ticket sales, and it is expected to be one of the four bouts featured live on CBS. We had originally hoped that Diaz would face Elite XC 160-pound champ KJ Noons on the card, but after Noons’ father’s negative remarks about the Diaz brothers and the city of Stockton, it’s may be best for that not to happen.

There’s also word that CBS is using its increased financial stake in the company to try and influence matchmaking. CBS apparently felt there weren’t enough stars on this card and MMA Payout claims it has sources attesting to “significant internal pressure” to put a big name like Gina Carano on this event in order to generate more fan interest.

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tim sylvia's pussy- June 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm
is that diddy kong?
Antonio Silva's Chin- June 25, 2008 at 3:07 am
is big
No1Dad- June 25, 2008 at 12:54 am
"Because nothing says ‘this belt isn’t very important‘ like announcing a title fight with only one participant a month out from the fight."

It also says 'this promotion isn't very important'. Or smart. Or serious.

Any old notions that Elite-XC could become a serious challenge to the UFC should now be gone - out the window.
Ryan Bitner- June 25, 2008 at 12:05 am
KJ Noon's Dad vs. Ken Shamrock For The Win
gracies suck ass- June 25, 2008 at 12:01 am
hahhahahah Junior Silva's tumor just laid down the truth
Chinese Genetic Engineering Department- June 24, 2008 at 11:48 pm
We fucked up when we engineered Hong Man Choa, no doubt. We figure he can fight other genetically engineered disasters like Antonio Silva, though, and it would be a hell freak show!
Leisure Suit Gary- June 24, 2008 at 11:02 pm
And people still criticise Dana White for not getting a deal done with CBS?

Look at what that deal is:

- Get controlling shares of the company.
- Get further 500,000 shares for each fight they host solidifying that control.
- Force out Gary Shaw (not really a bad thing, but probably not what Shaw thought would happen).
- Choose fight dates regardless of fighter preparedness.
- Get mad not enough fighters are prepared for the dates they set, so start to influence the match making.
- Take full control of all operations, abandon EliteXC name, and change all things to CBS Fights, put producers of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in charge, pull poor ratings, cancel future shows, exit MMA business.

Okay, the last one hasn't happened yet, but that seems a likely roadmap for the future of this little endeavor.

Dana White may be irritating, but it is pretty obvious why he wouldn't sign on to that deal just to get on network TV.
Junior Silva's tumor- June 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm
What do they mean Antonio Silva is going to be fighting Someone Else for the EliteXC World Heavyweight Title?

You know who is going to be most affected by this is TBA. For sure he thought they would set up an Antonio Silva vs. TBA match, but now TBA gets screwed out of the title match!

Well, maybe with Nick Diaz fighting Denny, TBA can slide right into a title shot against KJ Noons. With EliteXC's complete lack of any depth, I think we will see TBA in a lot of fights coming very soon.
Dr. Gonzo- June 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm
I can see him fighting Roy Nelson since the IFL is going into the tank