EliteXC has announced that it has negotiated contract extensions with key fighters Kimbo Slice, Robbie Lawler and Gina Carano. No further details were given regarding the terms of the contracts.
The franchise fighters will all appear on the CBS broadcast “Saturday Night Fights” on May 31.
EliteXC President Gary Shaw:
“I am proud and very excited to announce that Kimbo, Gina and Robbie have all re-signed with us…Fighters know EliteXC is the place to be and the organization to fight for, which is why we’ve always been able to sign or re-sign almost each and every one of our fighters.”
“You don’t see our guys leaving. With us, it’s family and all about the fighters. Every fighter who has fought on an EliteXC card has come away being ambassadors for EliteXC.”
Shaw on Kimbo:
Kimbo has already become an MMA star due to his incredible popularity on YouTube. His backyard street fights are legendary. No question Kimbo has made a successful transition from Street to Elite and is on his way to becoming a superstar and world champion.
Shaw on Carano:
“Gina became an instant star after her first fight for EliteXC and has gone on to gain even more national prominence. She truly is the face of women’s MMA, an inspiration to many up-and-coming athletes and is a perfect illustration as to why women do indeed have a place in this sport and with EliteXC.”
Shaw on Lawler:
“Robbie’s nicknamed ‘Ruthless’ — what more you need to know? He’s tough, hard-nosed and always been highly regarded. EliteXC is extremely proud to have Robbie as its world middleweight champion. Robbie has shown time and again that he’s one of the most thrilling fighters in any weight class in MMA.
..For sheer action and power, it doesn’t get better than ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler versus Scott ‘Hands Of Steel’ Smith.”