Pro Elite Acquires ICON Sport

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Today Pro Elite Inc announced it has Acquired the Hawaiian based promotion ICON Sport as part of its bid to take over the mixed martial arts world, not controlled by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Here is a little clip for Sherdog.

“Last October … we came and invested in and bought Rumble World,” said EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw. “And today we’re proud to announce that within the last hour, we just completed our deal and we bought ICON. So, we own the islands.”

Pro-Elite News Report

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Today Pro Elite conducted a conference call with select members of the media, to announce the upcoming EliteXC card in Hawaii on September 15. Here are some main points we think are interesting.

  1. Robbie Lawler’s ICON Sport title will be on the line September 15.
  2. Pro-Elite founder Gary Shaw wants to see Diaz vs. Gomi 2, but no negotiations have be started.
  3. EliteXC might possibly drop 155lb division and replace it with 160lb division.
  4. EliteXC looking to sign more female MMA fighters in the near future.
  5. Pro-Elites recently acquired Cage Rage promotion will continue to operate under the Cage Rage name, but fighters will be able to fight and compete in other ProElite promotions.
  6. Jake Shields says EliteXC has discussed adding a welterweight division.

Elite XC: Uprising Card

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September 15
Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii

Main Card

Murilo Rua vs Robbie Lawler
Nick Diaz vs Mike Aina
Joey Villasenor vs Riki Fukuda
Renato Verissimo vs Jake Shields
Gina Carano vs Tonya Evinger

Preliminary Card

Jaw Suk Kim vs Brandon Wolff
Kala Halohe Hose vs Jeff Cox
Mark Oshiro vs Nui Wheeler
Mark Kurano vs Jose Diaz
Justin Bucholz vs Kolo Koka
Tyson Nam vs Albert Manner

The winner of the main event between Murilo Rua and Robbie Lawler, will become the new EliteXC Welterweight Champion. Currently Rua is the EliteXC Champion and Lawler is the ICON Sport Champion. The preliminary fights will be streamed for free at Pro Elites official website. The main card will be broadcast on the cable channel Showtime.