White Hunting Down EliteXC Fighters

Written by Tom Ngo
January 5th, 2009
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UFC President Dana White

For the past year, EliteXC has been scrambling for stability. The financially plagued MMA organization hasn’t held a promotion in over three months, and refuses to publicly state that they have or need to file for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White is keeping a watchful eye, as he would like to bring on a few of their fighters.

“These guys are wasting their time by going to these fly by night companies,” White said. “That’s the worst thing an athlete can do – waste time. Fighters are crazy to waste their time.”

What White is referring to is EliteXC’s allowance to most of their fighters to compete in one-off fights with other promotions as the company gets their finances in order. Of course the UFC doesn’t sign the bigger named fighters to one-shot deals, instead looking to lock the talented ones in to multi-fight contracts.

“We are interested in a few people like Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, and Gina Carano,” said White.

Lawler, the reigning EliteXC middleweight champion and former UFC fighter, would add much needed depth to the UFC’s weakest division. With an impressive win or two in the Octagon, he could very well see himself in a title bout soon after.

Shields has longed for a shot at the UFC’s elite 170-pounders. He has already gone on record stating that the UFC is his first choice.  The organization currently holds eight of the top 10 welterweights in the world, including its top four.

Shields currently ranks fifth on MMAWeekly.com’s World Rankings.

It is odd is that White would bring on Carano. In the past, he has been emphatic about not promoting women’s MMA, however Carano is an attractive and talented fighter that brings with her a strong following. In addition, there is a mega-fight between her and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos available, however no promotion big enough has been able to close the deal.

If Carano were to come to the Zuffa, LLC. umbrella, it most likely would be for the WEC, the UFC’s sister company.

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