llinois AC reverses decision, clears Sylvia/Kraniotakes bout for Pro Elite

by Matt Erickson | source: mmajunkie.com

Andreas Kraniotakes (12-4) will fight in next month's ProElite 2 headliner against Tim Sylvia (29-7), after all.

Hours after MMAjunkie.compassed along news that the Illinois State Professional Athletic Commission denied the heavyweight's participation because of a lack of sanctioned fights, the decision has been reversed.

HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon first tweeted the news, though MMAjunkie.com currently awaits confirmation from commission officials.

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This morning, several sources reported that the bout had been scrapped, due to the lack of sanctioned bouts for his opponent:

ProElite's second fight card since returning to the major mixed martial arts landscape has hit another snag

Just 10 days after main event heavyweight Pedro Rizzo had to pull out of his fight against former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia with an injury, Rizzo's replacement, Andreas Kraniotakes, now also is off the card

Sources close to ProElite on Wednesday told MMA Fighting that Kraniotakes' fighter license was not approved by the Illinois State Professional Athletic Commission, which oversees MMA in the state. That leaves ProElite scrambling for a replacement to fight Sylvia on what will be less than 10 days notice for ProElite 2 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill., on Nov. 5

According to sources close to the event, the reason behind the state commission's refusal to approve Kraniotakes stems from a lack of sanctioned fights on his record. Though the German heavyweight is 12-4, the bulk of his 16 career fights have come in Europe, leaving him without any sanctioned fights in the United States for the commission to base its decision on.

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smoogy site profile image  

10/27/11 2:42 PM by smoogy

 Another badge of honor for Illinois, the armpit of American MMA.

grkblood site profile image  

10/27/11 2:35 PM by grkblood

Imagine if the NSAC denied Joe Calzaghe when he applied to fight Bernard Hopkins because he had never fought stateside.

Radio Raheem site profile image  

10/27/11 12:56 PM by Radio Raheem

 Oops didnt see this until now

Radio Raheem site profile image  

10/27/11 12:54 PM by Radio Raheem

 Wouldn't be suprised if it's Eddie Sanchez. Unless he was medically suspended after the Rogers fight.

DamonMMAWeekly site profile image  

10/27/11 12:13 PM by DamonMMAWeekly

Andreas Kraniotakes has now been approved by the commission. Fight with Sylvia is onhttp://mmaweekly.com/andreas-kraniotakes-receives-approval-from-commission-faces-tim-sylvia-at-pro-elite-2

Jiu Jitsu Panda site profile image  

10/27/11 12:12 PM by Jiu Jitsu Panda

Yes Chris, As a match maker in Ohio, The commission only gose off the fights on the data base you guys have. If it is listed as a nsf fight it is like they have never had that fight.

Jiu Jitsu Panda site profile image  

10/27/11 12:12 PM by Jiu Jitsu Panda

double post

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

10/27/11 12:02 PM by Bobby Lupo

 Hague-Sylvia would be a good matchup.

Brigham site profile image  

10/27/11 11:54 AM by Brigham


Tomato Can site profile image  

10/27/11 11:53 AM by Tomato Can

Then again, if Hague gets the fight then it was all for the best.