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Report: EliteXC signs Cyril Diabate

EliteXC has signed PRIDE and Cage Rage veteran Cyril “The Snake” Diabate, according to a report by Brian Knapp of The Fight Network.

Knapp confirmed the news with Diabate’s manager, Ken Pavia. A debut date and an opponent has not been determined.

Diabate, who has a lifetime pro MMA record of 12-6-1, according to, is a French-born kickboxer and is regarded by many as one of the top pure strikers in MMA. While Dan Henderson was preparing for his fight vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 82, Diabate was recruited to join his training camp at Team Quest’s location in Temecula, Calif.

The 34-year old has been defeated just once in his last six fights. However, Diabate has not fought in almost a year, with his last bout coming at Cage Rage 21 on April 21, 2007. In that bout he recorded a first round submission over Ryan Robinson when he secured an armbar just 1:15 into the fight.

Prior to the win over Robinson, Diabate competed at PRIDE “Final Conflict” on September 10, 2006, where he suffered a first round TKO loss due to stomps to current UFC light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

  • Jason Brewer says:

    This is an excellent acquisition in my opinion…

  • j says:

    Great acquisition. Now they need to lock up few more legit fighters.

  • truth says:

    Corey Hill size XXL. EliteXC is signing it up, His Shogun fight showed potential.

  • Andrej says:

    Elite XC need’s to sign talent or there CBS deal will have a whole bunch of scrubs fighting on it! I do like Cyrille Diabate signing and Robbie Lawler resigning. It is a good start but that is it a start.


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