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ProElite and DREAM Enter Blood-Pact

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(Diaz rocks Inoue at DREAM.3 on Sunday.)

Though the participation of Nick Diaz and Eddie Alvarez at DREAM.3 already suggested that relations between ProElite and DREAM were friendly, the two organizations made it official during a press conference held on Saturday, announcing that they’ve formed a partnership that would have the fight clubs sharing fighters and working on co-promoted events.

Speaking for ProElite, executive William Kelly revealed the company’s goal of presenting EliteXC and Dream co-promoted shows on CBS and Showtime; he also announced ProElite’s intention of opening offices in Japan with the hopes of putting on an EliteXC show there at some point, as well as hosting co-promoted Dream/EliteXC events in places like England and Korea. ProElite executive and former ICON Sport owner T. Jay Thompson named Kimbo Slice, Jake Shields, and Robbie Lawler as other U.S. stars that the promotion wants to present to Japanese audiences in the future.

As long as the first installment of CBS/EliteXC’s Saturday Night Fights doesn’t tank, this could be a major development for the still-struggling ProElite. An ongoing network TV deal and access to some of the most exciting lightweights, welterweights, and middleweights in MMA could help establish the company as just as legitimate as the UFC — and it removes one more obstacle to the world’s best fighters facing each other. Plus, if Bob Sapp was popular enough in Japan to warrant an entire store in Tokyo devoted to his memorabilia, they’ll probably give Kimbo his own town…

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Blackleg- May 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm
I'm also fairly certain Kimbo has never started crying after getting hit in the face.... ;)
C-Bus Allstar- May 12, 2008 at 12:49 pm
I dunno TSP, I saw Kimbo get hit with 2 of the hardest shots that a BIGGGG ol' boy could throw, and Kimbo was like "THAS ALL YOU GOT? IT'S OVA!" And then he made ol' boy's eye pop out.

It was nassssty.

Granted, "ol' boy" wasn't a professional fighter, but any man knows how to throw a punch, and he threw 2 of his hardest at Kimbo and Kimbo just ate em. And by ate em I mean he put some hot sauce on them bitches and slammed.
tim sylvia's pussy- May 12, 2008 at 2:59 am
haha u think cro cop would get smashed? kimbo hasnt fought anyone close to mirko's level. we still dont know if kimbo has a chin or not he has never been tested. the toughest person he has faced so far is fucking tank abbot 13 years past his prime. i think it would be a good fight but i would give it to cro cop
Rob Enderle- May 12, 2008 at 12:58 am
Excellent news that will give us hopefully more variety.

I want Affliction and Adrenaline and all those organizations that allow athletes to take part in different events to do well.
Im not a big ProElite fan but I would love to see Japanese circuit fighters come over for copromotions.

Kimbo is a big dude but he is puny next to Bob Sapp.
dedstrk- May 12, 2008 at 12:02 am
That fight would be epic and could go either way. If it's in the Dream org and in Japan I'll take CC but if it's in the US and XC then I'll take Kimbo. I can tell you one thing for sure, if CC connects with the LHC then it's all over for Kimbo. I just have a hard time believing that the great Mirko is done.
Andrej- May 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm
What makes you think Cro Crop would get maimed???????? More like Kimbo getting down right beatdown. It would be kind of sad to watch as well and not competitive. Hell I would give the edge to Jake O'Brien over Kimbo.
Wad- May 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm
That would be a great proving match for Kimbo to say he finally beat a capable mma fighter. Though at the same time, it's not asking too much of him as crocop is on in his years and not the devastating KO machine he once was. It would be a legendary battle, even though I'm a crocop fan and wouldn't want to see him maimed.
Douchebaggery- May 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm
Crocop would probably avoid that fight
Dedstrk- May 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm
Does this mean we could see CC vs Kimbo?