EliteXC has been in the MMA promotional business for a little over two years and they just introduced title belts within the last year. Unfortunately for EliteXC, there has been more uncertainty than certainty with their title holders. They have yet to crown a light heavyweight champion, which is one of the most talented divisions in the world. In addition, the organization recently stripped lightweight champion KJ Noons of his belt, and heavyweight champ Antonio Silva is facing a year-long suspension.
“Antonio (Silva) is the EliteXC heavyweight champ and he will continue to be the heavyweight champ until he has his day in front of the commission,” EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw told MMAWeekly.com. “When the commission comes and levies down on him with whatever ruling they have, EliteXC will huddle up and we will figure out what we want to do about the title at that point.”
If Silva were to be suspended, which is likely since the Commission has never overturned a positive drug or banned substance test, EliteXC would have no choice but to strip him of his title. Fortunately for them, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson just happens to be a heavyweight, and would be more than willing to step in as champion.
EliteXC management and Noons have been involved in a bitter feud for the past two months, mainly due to Noons’ refusal to defend his title against Nick Diaz at EliteXC’s third CBS promotion on October 4th. EliteXC decided to strip Noons of his belt due to his unresponsiveness and unwillingness to defend his title.
As far as when EliteXC might be crowning their first 205-pound champion, Shaw said that it could be sooner than later, however wouldn’t promise anything. Shaw did confirm yesterday that company’s top light heavyweight, Rafael Feijao, would be competing on their final major event of the year on November 8th. However, Shaw would not confirm if a title would be on the line for the Showtime card.
“I can just tell you that there’s no guarantees that we will be introducing a light heavyweight title, but at this point any fight that Feijao’s in, it is a title worthy challenge,” Shaw stated. “He’s only going to be facing top notch competition.”
Shaw did confirm that the organization did sign Canada’s top female fighter in Sarah Kaufman. Kaufman, along with Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, will be top contenders to become EliteXC’s first female title holder. Shaw said that they are likely to crown a female champion sometime in 2009.
On a positive note, Wilson Reis defeated Abel Callum this past weekend at “ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series” to become the first ever 140-pound EliteXC Bantamweight champion.
Who wants a title belt? Stand by because EliteXC will shortly be handing them out like hotcakes.