Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, and Kendall Grove are all fighters rumored to be signing with the resurrected ProElite, who’s first event will be held August 27th in Hawaii. More important though than the fighters being signed are the guys behind the scene – former Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou and former ICON / Superbrawl owner T Jay Thompson.
I was never particularly impressed with the matchmaking going on when Rich Chou was in charge at Strikeforce, but then again that always seemed like a situation where there were too many cooks in the kitchen making a stinky ass gumbo of one sided squash matches in an attempt to build stars rather than put on competitive fights. Maybe now he’ll have some free reign to do interesting things.
Also intruiging is T Jay Thompson’s participation – his ICON promotion was one of the best regional promotions in America and often had awesome fights with guys like Mayhem Miller, Phil Baroni, Robbie Lawler, KJ noons, Frank Trigg, Falaniko Vitale, and on and on. Most importantly, Thompson knows how to throw an event that doesn’t suck and make some money doing it, which is about the rarest trait to find amongst all the flushed turd candidates we see returning for another kick at the MMA promotion can.
All of a sudden, ProElite is starting to look kinda interesting.