(You didn’t buy that plane ticket for Japan yet, did you?)
Five Ounces of Pain reports that Pro Elite could be very close to a sale of the company that might potentially revive MMA on CBS and Showtime, while at the same time putting the kibosh on the free agency plans of EliteXC fighters. Apparently it’s down to three potential buyers, one of which is being led by King of the Cage promoter Terry Trebilcock (guess that Booyaa Fightwear ban makes a little more sense now, eh?), though the identities of the other suitors are still a mystery.
The most likely buyer at this point is described only as “a company with over a billion dollars in annual gross revenue that also is a recognizable name.”
Just shooting in the dark here, but I’m going to say it’s Starbucks. I heard they want to release a new specialty drink, the Kimboccino Latte. It costs half a million dollars, but man does it ever go down easy. (Zing!)
Pro Elite is reportedly hoping to make the sale before Christmas, and if they do there’s a strong possibility that a new owner could round everyone up and successfully resurrect the relationship with CBS to get events on network TV again in 2009. What does that mean for a fighter like Jake Shields, who seemed all but certain that he was bound for the UFC?
It means that just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in.