Elite XC Folds Almost As Quickly As Kimbo Slice Did During Their Last Event

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yeah I know that headline was a cheap shot, and I couldn't pass it up, but it couldn't be more true. Surprisingly, Elite XC is closing shop after just a few short months in the MMA game and they're not even messing around with another few events. They're done. Completely shut down. As in, they're officially out of business. Via SI....

Less than two years following the formation of ProElite, Inc., the group notified employees and fighters Monday it was shutting its doors effective immediately, multiple sources confirmed to SI.com.

ProElite was an entertainment and media company founded in partnership with Showtime Networks and spearheaded by the mixed martial arts promotional brand EliteXC.

Representatives for ProElite, EliteXC and Showtime did not return calls for comment.

Through its partnership with Showtime and later CBS, which in 2008 agreed to broadcast four live EliteXC events in primetime, EliteXC gained a tremendous amount of visibility. The company, however, hemorrhaged tens of millions of dollars during its 22 months in operation.
Well that was quick wasn't it? I guess that's what happens when you put all of your eggs in the basket of internet sensation, and I'm sure Dana White has already broken out the champagne. Good thing Gus Johnson shored up that Knicks radio deal because I don't know what he'd do with just one Sport to call.

ProElite, EliteXC out of business (SI)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 10:54 AM


XFL drinks one for Elite XC. Good riddance.

TomahawkFlop said...
Oct 21, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

Defeat XC???

GMoney said...
Oct 21, 2008, 11:51:00 AM  

not surprising.

CBS probably ran away from them after the whole "knockout bonus" thing exploded.

I hope Allfiction will promote the Gina vs Cyborg match.

odessasteps said...
Oct 21, 2008, 12:52:00 PM  


That would probably only be on pay per view unless Affliction can get a tv deal somewhere. I can't think of anywhere that could happen other than ESPN, but they've got so much to broadcast already.

Since Elite XC crapped out, I doubt CBS or the other three networks would be up for broadcasting MMA again.

Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 1:36:00 PM  

@anonymous - NBC already has a good MMA on their network Strikeforce. The question is will they have the guts to show it in primetime like CBS.

To me MMA can survive on network as long as you give the people a good product. The WWE feel of EliteXC did them in with die hard MMA fans.

UFC needs some good competition Affliction was hoping against hope to land Randy to help take them over the top...now will they make a run at Tito or will Ortiz have to go crawling back to the UFC? My guess is he will do anything but go back to the UFC.

Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 1:58:00 PM  

They could only hide this bogus crap for so long.


Anonymous said...
Oct 21, 2008, 2:57:00 PM  

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