EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw announced today that they have added former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski to their October 4th event on CBS. He will be taking on former IFL champion Roy Nelson. Arlovski was initially slated to be competing on the Affliction “Day of Reckoning” card on October 11th, however Affliction Entertainment decided to reschedule the event for January 17th. EliteXC was more than happy to step in and add a fighter of Arlovski’s talent and popularity.
“We’re always talking to everybody,” Shaw told MMAJunkie.com. “About 10 days ago, [the Arlovski-Nelson fight] became something that we thought was real and that could be done. It was the right place at the right time.
“We’re always looking to put the best fights on. It continues with the motto of what EliteXC has always said; we will let our fighters fight anywhere in the world, and we will work with anybody in the world. We’ve worked with FEG (DREAM), we’ve worked with Strikeforce, and now we will successfully work with Affliction.”
Shaw is convinced that with the addition of Arlovski to the card, along with the platform that CBS provides them to showcase their other talent, MMA will be taking a gigantic step towards mainstream acceptance, as well as EliteXC gaining ground on MMA’s leader, the UFC.
“October 4th is a huge event for mixed martial arts,” Shaw said. “With this card and this line-up, we hit the mainstream, we hit the hardcore (fans), and we hit (UFC President) Dana White hard.”
In addition to the Arlovski/Nelson bout, “EliteXC: Heat” will also feature poster boy Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Ken Shamrock, an EliteXC welterweight title bout between champion Jake Shields and Paul Daley, as well as popular female fighter Gina Carano taking on Kelly Kobold-Gavin.
“People said, ‘Where are we? Why are we not being promoted?'” Shaw stated. “I hope people are shocked by what they hear today because they need to understand that EliteXC, we’re here and aren’t going anywhere. We are here for the fans.”
This addition certainly adds more MMA credibility to their lineup.