EliteXC News: Kimbo, Weight Divisions and Mike Pyle

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gary shaw

EliteXC president Gary Shaw held a telephone press conference Wednesday to promote EliteXC 3 Renegade. Shaw addressed issues about Kimbo’s next opponent and the future of EliteXC. Here are some key points I found interesting in the audio of the press conference.

EliteXC press conference key points

  • Kimbo Slice will be fighting Bo Cantrell on November 10, after Mike Bourke was forced out due to injury. Bo Cantrell (10-10) lost last Saturday at KOTC to Brad Imes by Gogoplata submission.
  • EliteXC will change its weight divisions to 140 lbs., 150 lbs., 160 lbs., 170 lbs., 185 lbs., 205 lbs., 265 lbs., to increase fighter safety. Shaw stated that he will be meeting with Athletic Commissions to make the weight divisions universally recognized.
  • Shaw, would like to sign Fedor Emilianenko and Randy Couture, but would never get involved with any fighter under contract.
  • Shaw confirmed, The fight between Mike Pyle and Jake Shields will not be a title fight. Pyle is not happy with his situation at EliteXC and will leave to be a free agent after his fight on November 10.
  • Antonio Silva is still trying to get medically cleared for his fight.
  • EliteXC is definitely interested in signing Josh Barnett.


  1. Kash

    November 1, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Now these guys know how to put on a show. They have a ring girl squad that dances in their shows and they have hotties standing behind them during their press conferences. That'll keep the attention.

  2. steve

    November 1, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Its about time somebody signs Barnett. He has been a free agent since UFC boght pride.They should definitely sign him. That would be a huge skill increase for the EliteXc. He would probally be the highest skill fighter they have if they sign him. I dont care too much for the real lightweight divisions. They just dont get me going. I want to see big guys that have power throw punches not lightweights.And I think kimbo will knock Cantrell right out. And i thought he would be having a good oponent. Not some washed up bitch who cant even maintain a 51% win record. And they will never sign Fedor or Randy. The only way the could if ever is if they got Barnett. There would be nobody else to fight if they signed by themselves.

  3. derek

    November 3, 2007 at 5:00 am

    Agreed, Steve. EliteXC needs to step up their game and find Kimbo some real fighters. They need to sign "The Pitbull" Arlovski. Now that would be a real fight. Or once UFC dumps Tim Silvia, then we could have Silvia-Kimbo.

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