EliteXC Conference Call


Below is the obligatory conference call that you would typically get from a promotion prior to the event; in this case, the conference call, courtesy of MMANews.com, is from EliteXC (a division of Pro Elite).  Below are some excerpts:

Opening Comments:

Mitch Graham: Good morning, everyone. I won’t take up too much of your time. I want to say from the CBS side of things we’re excited to bring MMA back to CBS for our second prime time broadcast. The first fight that we had back in May was a great success for all of us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the card that ProElite and EliteXC have put together. And we’re happy we’re able to do this unique programming model with SHOWTIME. So from across the board we’re really excited for a great night of MMA action on both SHOWTIME and CBS.Doug DeLuca: Hello, everyone. Thank you as always for coming on the call. I’ll make it brief because you guys have now probably heard from the preamble a number of times since we’ve done a number of conference calls. We are really excited about this fight card and all the fighters that are on the card.

We are excited that this is a follow?up to our May 31 event, which did spectacularly in the ratings, and we wanted to keep moving on the momentum of that. We’re also happy that this is a first for us and for MMA where there will be an hour of premium television (SHOWTIME) that goes into two hours of network primetime television.

So those are all great things. But, most importantly are the fight card and the fighters. The headline fight is the Lawler-Smith rematch, which arguably should have been the headline fight of the first CBS show.

It was just a world?class fight, probably the best fight of the year. And (it is) a rematch that everyone wanted to see. We’re excited because we believe we have two of the best 185?pounders in the world in Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. .

We’re also excited about Jake Shields-Nick Thompson. We believe Jake is one of the top fighters in the world in his weight class. Nick Diaz and Thomas Denny is exciting; and our female MMA fight, Shayna Baszler versus Cris Cyborg, is yet another example of what women’s MMA is and can be and it shows how committed EliteXC is to (women’s fights).

On SHOWTIME, we have a great matchup in Feijao versus Galbraith. Two great jiu?jitsu guys. You will see a lot of strategy and see some great action. They’re both ready to go at it. Wilson Reis is another great fighter and we’re excited about his fight against Bryan Caraway. And, of course, Antonio Silva fighting Justin Eilers for the first EliteXC heavyweight championship is exciting as well. Eilers, a tough opponent.

So we are all excited about this great card and can’t wait for it to get here. We are excited to be going to Stockton and into the brand new Stockton arena. Whoever is attending will see it’s a beautiful arena. It’s going to make great TV.

For the rest of the conference call, please click here.

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