In recent weeks a blast from MMA’s past, the ProElite promotion, who’s EliteXC brand was once a rival to the UFC and hosted events on CBS, have announced that they are set to return to hosting events in the near future.
Earlier in the year they were believed to be in the running to buy the Strikeforce organization, but were ultimately undone by an unexpected buyout from Zuffa.
Nevertheless the company have vowed to claw their way back to become the second biggest promotion in the sport, and are currently actively seeking big name fighters to front the first show of their reboot on August 27th in Hawaii.
The first well known star to sign on is former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Andrei Arlovski. Last seen being KO’d by Sergei Kharitanov during the quarter-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP, Arlovski has had an extremely rough time in the cage, losing his last four fights in a row.
The 32 year-old is refusing to accept that it’s time to retire however, and his name still generates enough interest that he could be a potential headliner for ProElite.
Meanwhile TUF season 3 winner Kendall Grove who was recently cut from the UFC’s middleweight division following back-to-back losses is also believed to be on ProElite’s radar.
Again it’s a signing that makes sense, particularly as the event will be taking place in Grove’s home turf of Hawaii.
It’ll be interesting to watch in the coming weeks and months to see what other talent ProElite can unearth. Nate Marquardt is a name that immediately springs to mind for instance, though there’s no indication yet that he is in their sites. Given that she was a part of EliteXC, former Strikeforce 145lb champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos, who recently became a free agent after contract talks fell through, could also be an interesting addition.
You also have to wonder whether the company will consider tempting their former No.1 star Kimbo Slice, who’s been absent since being released by the UFC, back into the cage once again.