Pro Elite planning heavyweight grand prix
ProElite 2.0, as Vice President of Fight Operations T.Jay Thompson likes to call it, is set to get back on track on Aug. 27 in Hawaii. With its first show in almost three years less than three weeks away, here are some news and notes about MMA’s newest — or not so new depending on how you view them — kid on the block.
The second show will be “early November” in Atlantic City, N.J. No specific date or location has been finalized yet.
One of the main attractions scheduled for the event will be the start of a heavyweight grand prix. This one will feature mostly “unknown” big men from around the world. Andrei Arlovski and Mark Ellis, who are scheduled to fight in different bouts in Hawaii, could be a part of it if they win their debut fights.
Thompson said he was “very interested” in having Marloes Coenen fight on the November show. And while he admitted that Alistair Overeem is probably out of his price range, he said Jon Olav Einemo could be the perfect fit for the aforementioned GP.
Don’t expect any title fights in ProElite any time soon. “I hate when events do world championship fights with no world championship fighters,” he said.
Event: ProElite: “Arlovski vs. Lopez”
Sat,urday Aug. 27, 2011
Neal Blaisdell Center
Andrei Arlovski (15-9) vs. Ray Lopez (5-2)
Kendall Grove (12-9) vs. Joe “Diesel” Riggs (34-13)
Reagan Penn (0-0) vs. Paul Gardner (2-0)
Mark Ellis (Debut) vs. Jake Heun (1-0)
Sarah McMann (3-0) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (3-1)
Kala Hose (7-5) vs. Drew McFedries (9-6)
Sale Sproat (6-0) vs. Chris Cisneros (11-3)
Dustin Barca (1-0) vs. Reno Remigio (1-0)
Ray Cooper Jr. (Debut) vs. Kyle Foyle (2-1)