(I’m in the grip of a nasty bug at the moment that’s leaving me with very little time to think about MMA. It being a big day for MMA – WEC and two TUF episodes – I didn’t wanna leave you guys hanging with nothing to do. So I talked to Steve from MMAConvert.com and he has agreed to let me mirror his content for the day. Really, you guys should be checking out his site all the time anyways. MMAConvert: It rocks)
If you were wondering why ProElite has been holding on to their fighter contracts like Ken Shamrock has been holding on to his career, it looks like it’s because ProElite’s current management has been trying to sell the company. You might think no one would be interested in the organization though considering all the stigmas attached to it. If so, you’re apparently wrong.
According to Five Oz. of Pain, not just one, but three entities are interested in purchasing ProElite, and one of them apparently has quite a bit of cash to throw around.
According to sources, as many as three groups are believed to be vying for ProElite. Only the identity of one of the groups is certain, with multiple sources stating that a group led by King of the Cage promoter Terry Trebilcock has made a bid.
However, Trebilcock’s group is not considered the leading contender at this date. Sources will only go so far as to describe the top contender as a company with over a billion dollars in annual gross revenue that also is a recognizable name.
Ooohh, aahhh, mystery bidder. Last time we heard about a mysterious group getting into MMA, they turned out to be a theatrical production company who may or may not have stuck with Monte Cox for the Adrenaline MMA ride. But, these guys apparently have a name we’d recognize.
I’m not even going to begin to speculate who it might be, but they, along with KOTC and mystery bidder #2, must think ProElite’s assets are valuable enough to actually turn a profit with one day. Do they know something we don’t? Like maybe Gary and Jared Shaw’s office furniture is actually made of solid gold and encrusted in five-carat diamonds, or perhaps, when you click Jeremy Lappen’s pen a magic genie pops out and grants you three wishes, he just couldn’t figure out how to use it. I don’t know, but according to Caplan, they want a piece of that network television pie, and apparently, CBS/Showtime isn’t against working with a new management team.
Regardless, this doesn’t sound like something that’s going to happen overnight, so all the fighters will likely be stuck clawing for a one-off fight overseas in the meantime. Oh, and this probably isn’t good news for everyone who hopes to see Gina Carano in the WEC.