Mixed martial arts promotional brand EliteXC and its parent company ProElite have folded, according to an SI.com report. EliteXC, which produced the first-ever MMA fights on network TV, reportedly lost $60 million in its 22 months of existence, which isn’t much of a resumé builder unless you’re looking for work in the Bush Administration.
This news, of course, comes just two weeks after Kimbo Slice’s embarrassingly disastrous loss to no-name fill-in Seth Petruzelli. Though the company’s failure is unrelated to what ultimately became EliteXC’s final fight, it’s hard not to see a symbolic connection between the way EliteXC pushed the overrated Slice to stardom instead of focusing on creating entertaining fights between talented fighters.
Of course, this also means that women’s MMA star Gina Carano is now out of a job. (Unless you count American Gladiators as a job. And I don’t.) Just this once, I’m going to say that I hope she finds a deal in a better fighting league, instead of, say, posing naked for money. I’m trying to do this thing where I’m less pig-headed. Also, I’m trying to impress Gina. Do whatever you want, girlfriend! Sky’s the limit! Call me!