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Pro Elite Resurrection Threat Close to a Reality

(Oh yeah, Cyborg will definitely fall for that one.)

Reporting on the possibility of a match (someday, somewhere) between Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg, Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt shared this bit of informed speculation:

As of today, I’ve ascertained enough information to confidently say that an eleventh hour effort is afoot to resurrect Pro Elite. I’m told this new regime includes a mix of a new investor(s) and some of Pro Elite’s old guard, and they have submitted a bid to CBS to take over the promising contract left dormant after the Los Angeles promotion closed its doors in late October. Carano and Santos’ contracts — not to mention those of Elite champions Robbie Lawler and Jake Shields among others — could be legally bound to this reincarnated unit.

As long as the "old guard" in question doesn’t include Jeremy Lappen or anybody named Shaw, this could turn out to be good news. Say what you want about EliteXC’s former scumminess, but the sport needs a high-profile venue outside of the UFC, particularly one with network television coverage. The question is, can anybody run it correctly? MMA Junkie adds to the story, suggesting that ProElite’s assets could be purchased within the next few weeks by a familiar name:

During a recent appearance on TAGG Radio, agent Ken Pavia said he’s learned that there are "three legitimate bids for ProElite," and that the next iteration of the promotion would begin staging fights in the first quarter of 2009. Those bouts would be made with many of the 80 fighters still under ProElite contracts.

King of the Cage founder Terry Trebilcock is one of the names that has surfaced as a potential buyer, with backing from venture capitalists. Trebilcock has the business pedigree from his success with KOTC to convince VCs with deep pockets that a repackaged ProElite would work.

If Trebilcock is indeed the man behind Pro Elite 2.0, we could be seeing a scaled-down version of EliteXC in the future. King of the Cage‘s business model depends on a high frequency of events with as little overhead as possible — no flashy, expensive stagecraft, and no overpaid novelty fighters. Also, they make money instead of hemorrhaging it.

The frustrating part is that since Pro Elite’s coffin is yet to be sealed, its contracted fighters are still hangin’ in the wind. Though Scott Smith was given permission to fight at Strikeforce: Destruction last month, EliteXC’s fighters haven’t officially been freed from their contracts, and may be stuck under the Pro Elite banner until those contracts run out. So no Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, and Robbie Lawler in the UFC for a while, and no Gina Carano in the WEC. Let’s hope the situation is sorted out by the end of the month…

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Press Guy- February 5, 2009 at 10:18 am
Gina needs to fight and she needs to fight at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. I went to a show there last week and they had 12,000 people in the arena.
Anonymous- December 9, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Gina Carano's gotta get them tits back into the cage and fight.
tyler- December 9, 2008 at 10:04 am
Cyborg has been tested already for EliteXC when she fought on both CBS Cards dipshit!
Da Truth- December 9, 2008 at 2:07 am
Carano vs Cyborg blahblahblah.. Gina should not even CONSIDER a Womens MMA match against Chris untill Cyborg is given a steroid test. It makes no sense having the worlds best and prettiest fighter taking on a she male. sorry but thats Da Truth.
dude- December 8, 2008 at 8:06 pm
Elite XC was awesome. A lot of good fighters there. Too bad it went bankrupt. Just a bunch of idiots who didn't know how to run the business. I'm sure whoever decides to buy it will do a better job and will definitely give the UFC some comps in the long run.
Anonymous- December 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm
gina's gonna get uglified, big time.
Anonymous- December 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm
bitch oughta stay in the kitchen
Shatteredhawk- December 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm
Get naked already.
ksgbobo- December 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Man I want to eff her brains she's hot!
tyler- December 8, 2008 at 11:14 am
I can't wait till EliteXC is back and on CBS with Kimbo,Gina,Cyborg,Lawler,Diaz, and hopefully Tito Ortiz as well.
rob rearenderle- December 8, 2008 at 10:10 am
>Right now, I have a bad feeling that in the next few months the >good Affliction fighters are gonna get locked up in a legal mess like >their EXC counterparts.

That feeling might be the cock in your ass....

Affliction fighters are free to fight in other orgs. The only who might have an exclusive contract is Fedor and the jews that work for him are too smart to be locked in into exclusivity.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 8, 2008 at 9:28 am
@ Shawn

Now that it looks like Affliction is spiraling down the tubes, I don't hold out much hope of Fedor fighting anybody big, let alone anyone in EXC, after the 24th of January.

I'm gonna get the PPV, if anything, just because i know i won't see Fedor, or probably anyone else on the card, for a while.

Right now, I have a bad feeling that in the next few months the good Affliction fighters are gonna get locked up in a legal mess like their EXC counterparts.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 8, 2008 at 9:13 am
@ Eveboy

Hey man, I'm with ya.

I was jazzed when EXC hit the scene. I went out and bought Showtime just so I could watch the Cung Le vs Shamrock fight. The only reason I still have Showtime is so I can watch the repeats.

EXC has a good stable of fighters and was putting on events that rivaled the UFC...

...until Kimbo fought Thompson.

That WHOLE event was a fiasco. Everything seemed to go in the wrong drection after that fight.

I hope EXC gets it act together, if for anything, to provide a reasonable altervative to the UFC. Also, to see some of their great stable of fighters perform.

EXC did prove one thing and that was there is enough of a depth of talented fighters available to suppport multiple organizations.
Shawn- December 8, 2008 at 9:09 am
I don't think an EliteXC re-birth would be bad as long as it had different people running the show. Specifically, not idiots.

I'd like to see the EliteXC roster combined with that of Affliction but looking at the idea that any new owners will be looking to at least break even coupled with the fact that Affliction doesn't know how to handle money, that doesn't seem likely. Gina, Shields, Lawler, Diaz, and Kimbo on the same roster as Fedor, Arlovski, Barnett, Babalu, Lindland, and Belfort? Sign me up.
Eveboy- December 8, 2008 at 8:38 am
Does anyone else think that if Skala's Weren't involved(betting the house on Kimbo) That EXC could have been a decent outfit? I mean they DID have other very good fighters, And they're other fights were good for the most part, I would like to see a reincarnation as long as it's run properly IMO it could do good anyone else with me here?
Old, Bald and Irish- December 8, 2008 at 8:20 am
By the way, check out my drunken review of The Kimbo Slice Christams Special in the Cage Potato Forums section:'s not really the Kimbo Slice special, but, ...just go read it and find out. Kimbo's in it. I promise.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 8, 2008 at 8:16 am
@ Richard Tucker


"Barry Bassnuts"

Good one!
Richard Tucker- December 8, 2008 at 7:57 am
The word is that Pro Elite will be bought by Terry Trebilcock and his business partner, Barry Bassnuts.
joejoe- December 8, 2008 at 7:52 am
RE the pic... i'm sure that move is in her arsenal for $kala, not for use in the cage
Jay Smith- December 8, 2008 at 7:50 am
I just want more naked Gina Carano weigh ins..............PLEASE!!!!!!
B- December 8, 2008 at 7:50 am
This sounds like troublecock to me!
auzzy- December 8, 2008 at 7:48 am
think of the nick names Trebilcock will get.