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Elite Xtreme Combat, also known as EliteXC, was a U.S.marker-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. It was founded as a partnership between Showtime Networks Inc. and ProElite, Inc. and officially announced on December 14, 2006. It was headquartered in Los Angeles, Californiamarker.

The partnership to form EliteXC was announced on November 13, 2006. The first major event occurred February 10, 2007 at the DeSoto Civic Centermarker in Southavenmarker, Mississippimarker. Fighters Frank Shamrock and Renzo Gracie fought in the main event.

In early 2008, EliteXC had reached an agreement with CBS to broadcast EliteXC shows on prime time. The arrangement was that CBS would broadcast EliteXC specials every other month on Saturday nights. CBS aired only three events in 2008, on May 31, July 26, and October 4. ProElite announced on October 20, 2008 that they would cease operations.

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 Statesmarker. 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 or CBS.

No.
Event
Date
Venue
Location
22
EliteXC: A Night of Champions
November 8, 2008
Reno Events Center
Renomarker, Nevadamarker
21
ShoXC 9
October 10, 2008
Horseshoe Casino
Hammondmarker, Indianamarker
20
EliteXC: Heat
October 4, 2008
BankAtlantic Centermarker
Sunrisemarker, Floridamarker
19
ShoXC 8
September 26, 2008
Chumash Casino
Santa Ynezmarker, Californiamarker
18
ShoXC 7
August 15, 2008
Table Mountain Casino
Friantmarker, Californiamarker
17
EliteXC: Unfinished Business
July 26, 2008
Stockton Arenamarker
Stocktonmarker, Californiamarker
16
EliteXC: Return of the King
June 14, 2008
Neal S.marker Blaisdell Arenamarker
Oahumarker, Hawaiimarker
15
EliteXC: Primetime
May 31, 2008
Prudential Centermarker
Newarkmarker, New Jerseymarker
14
ShoXC 6
April 5, 2008
Table Mountain Casino
Friantmarker, Californiamarker
13
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le
March 29, 2008
HP Pavilionmarker
San Josemarker, Californiamarker
12
ShoXC 5
March 21, 2008
Chumash Casino
Santa Ynezmarker, Californiamarker
11
EliteXC presents Cage Rage 25
March 8, 2008
Wembley Arenamarker
Londonmarker, Englandmarker
10
EliteXC: Street Certified
February 16, 2008
BankUnited Centermarker
Miamimarker, Floridamarker
9
ShoXC 4
January 25, 2008
Trump Taj Mahalmarker
Atlantic Citymarker, New Jerseymarker
8
EliteXC: Renegade
November 10, 2007
American Bank Centermarker
Corpus Christimarker, Texasmarker
7
ShoXC 3
October 26, 2007
Chumash Casino
Santa Ynezmarker, Californiamarker
6
EliteXC: Uprising
September 15, 2007
Neal S.marker Blaisdell Arenamarker
Oahumarker, Hawaiimarker
5
ShoXC 2
August 25, 2007
Vicksburg Convention Center
Vicksburgmarker, Mississippimarker
4
ShoXC 1
July 27, 2007
Chumash Casino
Santa Ynezmarker, Californiamarker
3
Strikeforce Shamrock vs. Baroni
June 22, 2007
HP Pavilionmarker
San Josemarker, Californiamarker
2
[[Dynamite USA]]
June 2, 2007
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseummarker
Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker
1
EliteXC Destiny
February 10, 2007
DeSoto Civic Centermarker
Southavenmarker, Mississippimarker

ShoXC

On July 11, 2007, it was announced that Proelite.com and Showtime would produce a new series titled ShoXC. 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 planned numerous joint ventures together, beginning with Cage Rage 23.

Partnership with DREAM

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

Co-promoting with Affliction

On September 24, 2008 EliteXC announced a working partnership with rival US promotion Affliction. Affliction offered Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson for the EliteXC: Heat card on CBS. In addition, Affliction heavily promoted their line through commercials on the show. It was hoped that the two companies would survive a rocky financial situation long enough to co-promote fights again in the future.

Troubles and Failure

On October 4, 2008, prominent EliteXC fighter, Kimbo Slice, lost via early knockout to late replacement fighter Seth Petruzelli. The unexpected outcome of this fight drew a great deal of attention, and subsequent comments by Petruzelli that he was offered a monetary bonus to employ certain techniques during the fight (comments he later recanted and obfuscated), raised the question of undue influence by EliteXC representatives in fights. Significant debt incurred by parent company Pro Elite with no investors or buyers showing interest caused the subsequent cancellation of the November 8, 2008 event. Combined with the Florida State Athletic Commission launching an investigation into the Slice/Petruzelli fight, Pro Elite announced on October 20, 2008 that they would cease operations.

EliteXC champions

Bantamweight championship

Up to 140lb (64 kg)




Lightweight championship

160 lb (73 kg)




Welterweight championship

170 lb (77 kg)




Middleweight championship

171 to 185 lb (77 to 84 kg)




Heavyweight championship

Up to 265 lb (120 kg)




Women's division



See also



Footnotes



External links



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Wilson Reis

September 26, 2008

Santa Ynez, Californiamarker
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KJ Noons

November 10, 2007

Corpus Christi, TXmarker
Noons was stripped of the title on September 19, 2008 by EliteXC
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Jake Shields

July 26, 2008

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Murilo Rua

June 22, 2007

San Jose, CAmarker
Robbie Lawler

September 15, 2007

Honolulu, HImarker
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Antonio Silva

July 26, 2008

Stockton, CAmarker

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