As unbelievable as it is, it’s really looking like someone is going to buy ProElite. Thus far, all we know is Terry Trebilcock’s King of the Cage is one of the bidders, but not the leading one. The other two? A mystery. The leading candidate has money, and lots of it, but who is it?
Our sources indicate that Marc Ecko Enterprises (MEE) is the leading bidder for the purchase of ProElite, Inc. and the brand EliteXC. The company hopes to inherit ProElite’s television contracts with both CBS and Showtime.
A clothing-company-turned-fight-promoter? Hmmm…where have we heard that one before?
Moving on, from all accounts, it seems the CBS and Showtime contracts are what the buyers are really interested in. However, as Loretta Hunt reported today, it appears there’s competition for the network deal, so the question is, would Mark Ecko still be interested if he couldn’t get the contract? I don’t know, but my guess is probably not.
It will be interesting to see where this goes, and even more intriguing is if they do buy ProElite, who is going to be running the promotion? More people who don’t know what they’re doing in MMA or someone who actually does? The answer to that question should give us a pretty good indication of what the future holds for ProElite.