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Wikipedia: Elite Xtreme Combat

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Elite Xtreme Combat
Type Private
Founded 2006
Founder Showtime Networks Inc., ProElite, Inc.
Headquarters Flag of the United States Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people David Marshall, Chairman
Douglas DeLuca, CEO
Kelly Perdew, President of ProElite.com
Gary Shaw Director/President of Live Events
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Parent ProElite, Inc.
Website http://www.elitexc.com/

Elite Xtreme Combat, also known as EliteXC, is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and is the second biggest of its kind in the world, the first being the UFC. It was founded as a partnership between Showtime Networks Inc. and ProElite, Inc. and officially announced on December 14, 2006.[1] It is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

The partnership to form EliteXC was announced on November 13th, 2006. [2] The first major event occurred February 10, 2007 at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Fighters Frank Shamrock and Renzo Gracie fought in the main event.

On February 27, 2008, it was reported that EliteXC had reached an agreement with CBS to broadcast EliteXC shows on prime time. If successful, it is thought that CBS will broadcast EliteXC specials every other month on Saturday nights.[3]CBS aired EliteXC: Primetime on May 31st, 2008 making EliteXC the first primetime MMA program on American network television.

Contents

EliteXC events

This is a list of events held and scheduled by Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC), a mixed martial arts organization based in the United States. The first event took place in February 2007. The list includes three events that EliteXC co-promoted (Dynamite!! USA, Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni, and Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le) with other MMA organizations. Two events were shown initially on pay-per-view, while the others have debuted on the Showtime cable network.

No. Event Date Venue Location
19 EliteXC: Heat October 4, 2008 BankAtlantic Center Flag of the United States Sunrise, Florida
18 ShoXC 8 September 26, 2008 Chumash Casino Flag of the United States Santa Ynez, California
17 ShoXC 7 August 15, 2008 Table Mountain Casino Flag of the United States Friant, California
16 EliteXC: Unfinished Business July 26, 2008 Stockton Arena Flag of the United States Stockton, California
15 EliteXC: Return of the King June 14, 2008 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Flag of the United States Oahu, Hawaii
14 EliteXC: Primetime May 31, 2008 Prudential Center Flag of the United States Newark, New Jersey
13 ShoXC 6 April 5, 2008 Table Mountain Casino Flag of the United States Friant, California
12 Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le March 29, 2008 HP Pavilion Flag of the United States San Jose, California
11 ShoXC 5 March 21, 2008 Chumash Casino Flag of the United States Santa Ynez, California
10 EliteXC: Street Certified February 16, 2008 BankUnited Center Flag of the United States Miami, Florida
9 ShoXC 4 January 25, 2008 Trump Taj Mahal Flag of the United States Atlantic City, New Jersey
8 EliteXC: Renegade November 10, 2007 American Bank Center Flag of the United States Corpus Christi, Texas
7 ShoXC 3 October 26, 2007 Chumash Casino Flag of the United States Santa Ynez, California
6 EliteXC: Uprising September 15, 2007 Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Flag of the United States Oahu, Hawaii
5 ShoXC 2 August 25, 2007 Vicksburg Convention Center Flag of the United States Vicksburg, Mississippi
4 ShoXC 1 July 27, 2007 Chumash Casino Flag of the United States Santa Ynez, California
3 Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni June 22, 2007 HP Pavilion Flag of the United States San Jose, California
2 Dynamite!! USA June 2, 2007 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Flag of the United States Los Angeles, California
1 EliteXC Destiny February 10, 2007 DeSoto Civic Center Flag of the United States Southaven, Mississippi

ShoXC

On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Proelite.com and Showtime would produce a new series titled ShoXC.[4] The monthly shows will highlight up-and-coming MMA talent, similar to Showtime’s ShoBox boxing events. The first took place on July 27, 2007. The first event was co-promoted with King of the Cage and was also known as KOTC: Undisputed. Gary Shaw stated that there will be 4 ShoXC events in 2007 and 8 in 2008.

For more information on these events, see the article ShoXC.

Partnership with Cage Rage

On September 7, 2007, ProElite, Inc. announced that they had officially accquired British MMA organization Cage Rage Championships. EliteXC and Cage Rage Championships will begin numerous joint ventures together, beginning with Cage Rage 23. That event will be the first Cage Rage event to be presented under the new EliteXC banner and will air live on elitexc.com.[5]

Partnership with DREAM

On May 10th, 2008 EliteXC announced a working partnership with Japanese promotion DREAM. The two groups intend to share fighters (Eddie Alvarez, Jason Miller and Nick Diaz have already participated in DREAM events) and eventually co-promote shows.[6]

EliteXC champions

Lightweight championship

160 lb (73 kg)
Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Flag of the United States KJ Noons
(def. Nick Diaz)
November 10, 2007 (EliteXC: Renegade) Corpus Christi, TX
  • def. Yves Edwards on June 14, 2008 in Honolulu, HI (EliteXC: Return of the King)
Vacant September 19, 2008
  • KJ Noons stripped of the title on September 19, 2008 by EliteXC

Welterweight championship

170 lb (77 kg)
Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Flag of the United States Jake Shields
(def. Nick Thompson)
July 26, 2008 (EliteXC: Unfinished Business) Stockton, CA

Middleweight championship

171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)
Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Flag of Brazil Murilo Rua
(def. Joey Villasenor)
June 22, 2007 (Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni) San Jose, CA
Flag of the United States Robbie Lawler September 15, 2007 (EliteXC: Uprising) Honolulu, HI
  • NC vs. Scott Smith on May 31, 2008 in Newark, NJ (EliteXC: Primetime)
  • def. Scott Smith on July 26, 2008 in Stockton, CA (EliteXC: Unfinished Business)

Heavyweight championship

Up to 265 lb (120 kg)
Name: Date: Location: Defenses:
Flag of Brazil Antonio Silva
(def. Justin Eilers)
July 26, 2008 (EliteXC: Unfinished Business) Stockton, CA

Women’s Division

  • Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
  • Debi Purcell
  • Gina Carano
  • Kaitlin Young
  • Marloes Coenen
  • Sarah Kaufman
  • Shayna Baszler
  • Takayo Hashi
  • Tonya Evinger

Notable personalities (non-fighters)

  • David Marshall – Chairman (2006-Present)[7]
  • Douglas DeLuca – Chief Executive Officer (2006-Present)
  • Kelly Perdew – President of ProElite.com (2006-Present) and the winner of the second season of The Apprentice.
  • Gary Shaw – Director and President of Live Events (2006-Present)
  • Mauro Ranallo – Play-by-Play Commentator (2007-Present). Canadian combat sports commentator formerly of Pride Fighting Championships.
  • Stephen Quadros – Color Commentator (2007-Present). American combat sports commentator formerly of Pride Fighting Championships.
  • Jay Glazer – Commentator (2007-Present). Formerly of Pride Fighting Championships.
  • Bill Goldberg – Color Commentator (2007-Present). Goldberg is best known as a professional wrestler and actor, but now lends himself to the EliteXC as an announcer.[8].
  • Karyn Bryant – Roving Reporter (2008-Present). Member of the Showtime Championship Boxing announcer team since 2006.
  • Stephanie Stokes – Undercard Announcer- First Licensed Female MMA & Boxing Announcer. NJSACB 2002 Professional Stuntwoman in Film & TV. Never Quit Stunts. Stokes has also been getting in the cage to do post fight interviews in other state sanctioned cards. Current TV Host of Concert Scene.

See also

  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • List of EliteXC events
  • List of EliteXC Champions

Footnotes

  1. ^ Press Release, PRO ELITE LAUNCHES ELITE XTREME COMBAT ON SHOWTIME, EliteXC. [Last retrieved January 7, 2007
  2. ^ SHOWTIME to Televise MMA, Sherdog.com. [Last retrieved January 7, 2007
  3. ^ “EliteXC expected to announce deal with CBS”. MMA Junkie (2008-02-27). Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  4. ^ The Fight Network :: ALL FIGHTS ALL THE TIME :: Get it on!
  5. ^ MMA WEEKLY – Your #1 Source for Daily MMA News, Interviews, Multimedia, and More: – PRO ELITE ACQUIRES CAGE RAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
  6. ^ “PRO ELITE & DREAM ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP”. MMAWeekly (2008). Retrieved on 2008-06-11.
  7. ^ SHOWTIME to Televise MMA, Sherdog.com. [Last retrieved January 7, 2007
  8. ^ EliteXC Announcers, EliteXC.com. [Last retrieved January 7, 2007

External links

  • Official EliteXC Site
  • Official Showtime Networks, Inc. Site
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