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EliteXC could add heavyweight title by year’s end

kimbo-vs-tank-03.jpg EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw raised a few eyebrows during a conference call last Thursday to promote this coming Saturday’s debut telecast on CBS. When asked by a reporter if there were any plans to add a heavyweight title, Shaw indicated it’s something that’s been discussed and could happen by year’s end.

“Right now we’re close to doing a heavyweight title,” Shaw confirmed. “We’ll probably do the heavyweight title in 2008 and Kimbo’s there and James Thompson is there and obviously Junior Silva is right there at the top.”

In addition to Silva, Slice, and Thompson, other potential contenders for the title could include Brett Rogers, Jon Murphy, Ricco Rodriguez, and Dave “Pee Wee” Herman. Rogers and Murphy are scheduled to go head-to-head this Saturday, while Herman will be fighting on an EliteXC show in Hawaii against UFC veteran Ron Waterman. Rodriguez, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has not competed for the promotion since losing a split decision to Silva during the promotion’s “Street Certified” event this past Februrary.

It will be intriguing to see if EliteXC does in fact institute a heavyweight title before the turn of the calendar year, as doing so would make it likely that Silva and Slice would have to cross paths. Silva would prove to be Slice’s toughest challenge to date in MMA competition. Slice, who only has two pro MMA bouts under his belt, would be giving up a lot of experience if he was matched up with Silva.

EliteXC currently has active titles for its lightweight and middleweight divisions. A welterweight title was supposed to be instituted this past March but was canceled after Jake Shields injured his back training for a bout against Drew Fickett. The bout was re-scheduled for June but was postponed again after Fickett was forced to withdraw due to injury. A new date has yet to be announced.

Shaw also revealed plans last week to add a women’s title and mentioned both Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young as leading contenders to fight for the title.

5 COMMENTS
  • bigfish042 says:

    Wow, that should be painful to follow. A handful or 2 so in the division fighting for the belt. Including sub 500 fighters, fighters over the hill, and over hyped wantabees. That would be a proud belt to wear.

    Why dont they just give Kimbo a belt that says Elite’s personal ATM. Then let each HW in the division take turns earing the belt

  • Bad Monkey says:

    The only guys they’ve got right now that’s any kind of legit is Silva. Until Gary ‘I’m the white Don King’ Shaw puts Kimbo in there with him it’s all one long joke that won’t seem to end.

    I hope Kimbo is investing his money, b/c once he fights someone real and gets beat I get the feeling Shaw will chuck him like a day old donut.

  • bjjdenver says:

    If you are bringing up Thompson as a contender, you know it isn’t time for a HW championship.

  • DPK says:

    That is the heavyweight division that is going to be the face of MMA after the 31st to the casual viewer, and that sucks.

  • Tony Evinger says:

    What an awful idea! Just another excuse for Gary Shaw to proclaim his fighters as “the best in the world” just because they are wearing a worthless belt around their waste. Kimbo and James Thompson as contenders? Really?

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