Posted On:3/27/2007 9:31pm
Style: Kickboxing, Boxing, BJJ
That was fast...
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Officials from FEG (the parent company of K-1), EliteXC, and Showtime announced today, not only their plans for a ground breaking event on June 2nd, but also several new alliances around the world.
Doug DeLuca, EliteXC’s CEO, verified what MMAWeekly had reported last week, that the K-1/EliteXC co-promoted event on June 2nd will actually be two shows in one. The first portion, the EliteXC portion of the show, will consist of a one-hour special that will air on Showtime’s premium channel and will serve as a lead-up to the K-1 portion of the show, which will air on a pay-per-view broadcast that will be distributed by Showtime PPV. As previously reported, the event will be held at the 92,000-seat capacity Los Angeles Coliseum.
In DeLuca’s own words, “There are many, many historic events that will happen on June 2nd. This will be the largest MMA event to ever take place on U.S. soil. It is taking place at the L.A. Coliseum.”
“We will be doing two separate shows out of this one event,” explained the EliteXC exec. “We will be doing a one-hour special Showtime presentation, which will be free to Showtime subscribers. It will be called EliteXC Dynamite USA. And then immediately following, Showtime will be pushing viewers to the pay-per-view event… called Pro Elite Presents Dynamite USA.”
The televised events of June 2nd, featuring a fight between Brock Lesnar and Hong-Man Choi as well fights involving MMA legend Royce Gracie and former NFL player Johnnie Morton, were only half of the focus of today’s press conference.
Perhaps just as interesting was the inclusion of various new collaborators in the Pro Elite movement to unite MMA forces in a stand against the UFC/Pride juggernaut.
DeLuca explained, “From the moment that Pro Elite was conceived, we’ve always said that in order to grow this sport, it will take collaborativeness, it will take inclusiveness, and it will take the willingness of other organizations to work together, to cross-promote, and to ultimately create a true world championship system. This is a major step in that direction. This is a major step in the continuation of the next generation of mixed martial arts.”
Following his words into the winds outside the L.A. Coliseum, several collaborators were announced. Adding to the conglomeration of Showtime/Pro Elite/EliteXC and FEG/K-1 were Strikeforce, BodogFight, Cage Rage, and Spirit XC.
Both Cage Rage, the most prominent fight brand in Europe, and Spirit XC, the largest promotion in South Korea, were represented at the press conference.
Andrew Geer and Dave O’Donnell, who head up Cage Rage, were enthusiastic about the collaboration: “Thank you so much to all the partners in the newly formed alliance for inviting us over here. We’re very proud to be part of this event… It’s a fantastic time.”
Also in attendance was Kwong Park from SpiritMC, who said, “I am really glad to be here to join the alliance.”
Summing up this new alliance, DeLuca said, “This sport will be an Olympic sport. This sport will have world cup champions. This sport will have true world champions… A collaboration means that we share fighters… This alliance speaks to everyone working together to make this a better place for the sport and a better place for the fighters… It’s a way to help other people succeed in the sport. It doesn’t need to be just one…”
So this new anti-Zuffa alliance consists of...
Powerful worldwide conglomerate or desperate alliance to battle Zuffa?
Posted On:3/27/2007 9:49pm
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Spirit XC?! Probably typo in article.
That was fast. Coke vs Pepsi.
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Posted On:3/27/2007 10:03pm
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Posted On:3/27/2007 10:31pm
Style: Kaju, BJJ, Judo, Kempo
Royce is fighting some football player without a record?
So the battle lines have been drawn....
Knowing is not enough, you must apply...
...Willing is not enough you must do ~Bruce Lee
Posted On:3/28/2007 1:25am
Style: karate,MMA(between gyms)
MMA Is going wild.
I hope more organizations pop up.......
Posted On:3/28/2007 8:43am
I don't know. As much as the prospect of these organizations cooperating interests me, it feels like it was hastily put together as a knee jerk response to the behemoth of UFC/Pride/WEC.
T3h R34l Gangnam Style!
Posted On:3/28/2007 9:54am
i hate k1's gimmick fights. they really, really want to be WWE.
Posted On:3/28/2007 10:50pm
Style: Boxing, MMA/MT/BJJ n00b
Lesnar's doing MMA now? WTF?
Posted On:3/28/2007 10:57pm
Style: Systema & BJJ
lesnar has been training with royce for a while now.....ever since he declared his intentions to do MMA, he has trained with Royce. I think there's even training footage from sherdog? not sure on that one
yeah, i think all these developments are a knee jerk reaction. But not necessarily a bad one. I mean, it would have to happen if they don't want to be swallowed by zuffa eventually.
Posted On:3/28/2007 11:39pm
All those organizations and they can't put together a good card!? Hong Man Choi vs Brock Lesnar!?!?!? A goon vs a pro wrestler? And the wrestler trained with Royce of all people!? And then we have Royce fighting who? An ex football player? Jeez
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