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Sorting Through the Pro Elite Unemployment Line

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While none of us may be positively heartbroken or even surprised to see Pro Elite shut down its operation, the thing to keep in mind is that the MMA marketplace just got smaller. That means fewer opportunities for fighters and, at least for most, meager paychecks in the near future. Former Icon Sport promoter Patrick Freitas reminded us of this fact with a post to the UG that read, in part:

I Just wanted to say that as everyone here is dancing on the Elitexc’s grave, I think its important to remember that a shitload of good fighters (and great people) just saw their contracts disappear into the ether.

That’s the truth. Whatever you think of Pro Elite’s demise and the reasons behind it, one thing we can all agree on is it isn’t the fault of the fighters they employed. But now that those fighters find themselves without an organization to call home, where do they go? The answer, of course, depends on who they are. Most will end up in local promotions. But what about the big fish?

Jake Shields: If the UFC could only pick up one of the newly unemployed EliteXC fighters, Shields should be that one. He was probably the most talented guy on their roster, and something tells me Zuffa could scoop him up relatively cheaply. If he comes in and makes an impact on the UFC’s welterweight division right away, great. If he doesn’t, the UFC can claim it as proof that their fighters are far and away the best in the industry.

Kimbo Slice: The EliteXC collapse couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Ferg. Coming off an embarrassing loss and with a half a million dollar price tag, he does not look like a good investment right now. We know the UFC isn’t interested. Affliction has enough heavyweights to do something with him, but he’ll have to take a major pay cut. Even then his shelf life is a question, as is his desire to continue on as a pro fighter. Don’t be surprised if we’ve seen the last of Kimbo’s MMA days.

Gina Carano: She’s beautiful, she’s charismatic, and she’ll fight for twenty-five grand even when she’s pulling in a hefty portion of the audience. Who wouldn’t want to sign Carano? Well, the UFC doesn’t seem anxious to get into the women’s MMA business, so unless they change their stance — fast — that isn’t happening. Carano’s apparent willingness to fight for peanuts increases the chances that she’ll be among the first to find a new home, perhaps in Strikeforce or another smaller organization.

Robbie Lawler: EliteXC’s middleweight champ already had his go ’round in the UFC, but the exposure he got in his CBS appearances make it worth everybody’s while to give it another shot. The list of credible middleweight challengers to Anderson Silva‘s throne has gotten so paltry we’re about to pay to see him destroy Patrick Cote. Lawler would be a welcome addition there.

Antonio Silva: The steroid suspension, which he’s appealing, is going to make “Bigfoot” a difficult sell. He’s not the most marketable heavyweight out there, either, and being the EliteXC champ after a victory over Justin Eilers, well, that doesn’t mean too much. Looks like it’s small time for Silva.

Nick Diaz: Does the UFC have the patience for two Diaz brothers on the roster? He’s got some name value and he always turns in an exciting performance, but if you invite him to your party you only have yourself to blame when he shoves someone through the sliding glass door. His northern California appeal might make him attractive to Strikeforce, but the UFC will likely pass.

Eddie Alvarez: A smart investment if there ever was one. The UFC has every reason to sign him and help him get over with the American fans who may never have seen him in action. And unlike Dream, you don’t have to worry when the UFC tells you that the check is in the mail.

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tyler- December 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Gina Carano and her incredible tit's won't be looking for work long.
Average EXC Loving Idiot- October 22, 2008 at 1:29 am
Yo for real, don't dis Kimbo. That shit was fixed, because obviously any fight Kimbo doesn't win is fixed. Having a glass jaw and no technical skills is REAL FUCKIN MMA, not this lay and pray shit. I use the term lay and pray for any fight that goes to the ground because I have no comprehension for what the term means or what ground fighting actually is. HOLLA ATCHA BOY!
mmablaster- October 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm
I gotta go with Dave Herman being the most intriguing prospect out there. The guy is young, 6'5", undefeated, and surprisingly agile. He went out and torched Kerry Schall using only muay thai techniques.
drkliter- October 21, 2008 at 1:35 pm
What about Wilson Reis?
Derreck- October 21, 2008 at 5:38 am
What about Dave "Pee-Wee" Herman? I really enjoyed the fights I have seen him in.
Anonymous- October 21, 2008 at 4:19 am
grannygrunt- October 21, 2008 at 3:53 am
As for Kimbo, there's always Japan. He could always fight for K-1. The Japanese seem to love the freakscenes. Who wouldn't love to see Kimbo fight Bob Sapp or Choi Hong-man? I do agree that it would make sense for the WEC to incorporate women especially after the recent elimination of several weight divisions. For the love of God, please make Carano and Cyborg a reality.
hey!- October 21, 2008 at 2:52 am
what's going to happen to Seth Petruzelli? I think $kala is gonna scourge whatever money he has left and have seth murdered for destroying the company. DAMN THAT SUCKS!!
Markdog- October 21, 2008 at 1:43 am
I guess your new to the internet? You never realized this site was for dicks? Is this your first time here, too? Donate some money to $kala, that might make you feel better. This website is based on wit, humor, and sarcasm observing anything involving MMA. Also, this website so happens to have two of the best writers in the world. How are you going to promote sympathy, then wish destruction upon the same crown you're trying to preach to. This is not, buddy.
Anonymous- October 21, 2008 at 1:11 am
i can not believe all the idiots making such stupid comments.aside from a sad day that a lot of people lost jobs,elite xc was getting better all the time.i hear all the negative comments like people like to see people lose jobs and companies fail.i wish all u asses would lose your jobs or your company goes out of buisness.i never realized this site was for such dicks.talking about gina giving i come on hear to read educated well informed opinions but all i see is a bunch of dumb shit.many of u r are silly little people that have petty lifes and like to see others fail.go get a life.
Markdog- October 21, 2008 at 12:47 am
Those are some robust knock, knocks. Cheeches Christ! There's a joint, right up the street from my pad, that is hiring. Just saying, worst case scenario.
NECROPHYTE- October 21, 2008 at 12:37 am
Jake Shields will probably get picked up by the ufc......
Kyle- October 21, 2008 at 12:35 am
I though Pro Elite owned Strikforce as well?
Jeepman- October 21, 2008 at 12:06 am
Zee German Says:

October 21st, 2008 at 3:35 pm
TUF Guy:
“- well you homo, one day when you get a girl you will realize that the left one is usually a bit bigger.”
So funny. Only a gay guy would say that. Idiot.

I was thinking the same thing....TUF Guy likes the meatpole. lol
The_Outlaw- October 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm
I would like see Nick back in the UFC but he has bad blood with them. If Jake goes there then most likely Nick will also be in the welterweight division and Nick does not fight no one on his team. He will probaly go to DREAM so Jake can shine in UFC for once.
Shark- October 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm
Gina doesn't have to worry about money her did owns or runs a casino in reno, nv.
ADW- October 20, 2008 at 9:36 pm
I want to see Nick Diaz in the UFC again.
-Diaz vs, Sanchez 2:Badass
-DiazvsThiago Alves:Badass
-DiazvsJosh Koscheck:Badass
-DiazvsMatt Hughes:Badass
all of those fights would be great to watch even if Diaz got his ass whooped. Imagine all of the shit talking that would lead up to any of those fights.
Zee German- October 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm
TUF Guy:
"- well you homo, one day when you get a girl you will realize that the left one is usually a bit bigger."
So funny. Only a gay guy would say that. Idiot.
odoyle- October 20, 2008 at 9:11 pm
i think everyones in agreement here.....we just want to see gina naked. thats the only person we care about in elite xc.
Me- October 20, 2008 at 9:02 pm
Actually TUF Guy, I was thinking the same thing as tp. Not kinda bigger, look at that photo. That left boob is MASSIVE.
Jack- October 20, 2008 at 8:39 pm
I wonder what's going to happen to the NYBA? You may hate him but you know you want to see him fight!
No1Dad- October 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Tito was all smiles claiming he is going to get paid for signing with EliteXC…now what???"

Excellent point. I guess Dana really isn't kidding when he says Tito is a moron. October 20, 2008 at 7:38 pm
The UFC should sign Nasty Nick Diaz Immediately!

Read why here:
aly- October 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm
Aaron, ufc wouldn't do that, the oxygen network already had a program like that called fight girls in which gina carano was a coach/cornerwoman (for muay thai), but the concept was the same as ur thinking. I actually saw a few episodes and women are too dramatic and emotional for most of us to tolerate watching for 10 weeks straight, and i'm a woman myself
t.p.- October 20, 2008 at 7:07 pm
TUF Gay, i hate you.