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Virgil Caine
05-12-2008, 04:27 AM
http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=6248&zoneid=4

At a pre-fight press conference held on Saturday in Japan for Sunday’s DREAM.3, officials from both Dream and ProElite, Inc. announced a working relationship between the two promotions that will include sharing of fighters and referees, as well as co-promoted shows in the future.



“In the last year ProElite and EliteXC and other brands have made a lot of progress, and some of our progress is due in part to our relationship with FEG and now with Dream,” said ProElite executive William Kelly. “We are sharing fighters. We are sharing referees. We intend to do co-promotions with Dream both in Japan and in the U.S.”



Kelly also mentioned possibly taking co-promoted shows between Dream and EliteXC to places like England and Korea in the future. He commented on the strong relationship between ProElite and television giants CBS and Showtime, and indicated that they will work to present EliteXC and Dream co-promoted shows on the networks.



ProElite also announced the intention of opening offices in Japan, with the hopes of putting on an EliteXC show there at some point in the future.



On the current Dream card set to take place on Sunday, two EliteXC fighters are already competing, as Nick Diaz faces Katsuya Inoue and Eddie Alvarez squares off in the second round of the lightweight Grand Prix against Joachim Hansen.



ProElite executive and former ICON Sport owner T. Jay Thompson also mentioned names like Kimbo Slice, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Jason Miller as other U.S. stars that the promotion would like to introduce to Japanese fans in the future.

Virgil Caine
05-12-2008, 04:30 AM
DREAM 3 Pre-Fight Press Conference
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Dice
05-12-2008, 07:34 AM
LOL maybe Kimbo can face Cro Cop

Brian13
05-12-2008, 01:13 PM
This means only one thing

Every Other Big MMA company / organisation VS the UFC / WEC

I wonder when we will see Kimbo V Cro Cop probably never

kaps
05-12-2008, 01:22 PM
I don't think Kimbo would fight Crocop at this stage in his career....

Dice
05-12-2008, 06:19 PM
I don't think Kimbo would fight Cro Cop at any stage of his career

Kakutogi-Gumi
05-13-2008, 12:08 AM
Ah yes...

This is the same promotion that got pissed with the CSAC after ruining they're first go in the US and swore never to play there again.

This same orginization that thought we'd get totally pumped about a football player fighting a comedian.

Right.

Virgil Caine
05-13-2008, 12:35 AM
Ah yes...

This is the same promotion that got pissed with the CSAC after ruining they're first go in the US and swore never to play there again.

This same orginization that thought we'd get totally pumped about a football player fighting a comedian.

Right.
They've been putting on some good shows.

And the CSAC has been pretty *****made.

Kakutogi-Gumi
05-13-2008, 12:42 AM
I'm talking FEG not EXC.

Virgil Caine
05-13-2008, 01:02 AM
I'm talking FEG not EXC.

I know, me too. I was referring to the Dream cards.

Kakutogi-Gumi
05-13-2008, 01:11 AM
eh. It's PRIDE staff working with FEG

Same *******, different face.

FEG can have Jesus booking cards that would make the Pope creme. It still doesn't answer the fact that they don't understand the US market.

I'm willing to be proven wrong, I just don't see a DREAM card doing well here right now.

neils7147933
05-14-2008, 10:28 PM
eh. It's PRIDE staff working with FEG

Same *******, different face.

FEG can have Jesus booking cards that would make the Pope creme. It still doesn't answer the fact that they don't understand the US market.

I'm willing to be proven wrong, I just don't see a DREAM card doing well here right now.
Thing is, with the American TV Deal, a couple EliteXC faces on a Dream card with a Showtime show that gets attention - and you never know...

I wasn't familiar with Cage Rage til last month. Lots of US fans don't know much outside of what's on our TV here - UFC, Elite XC, IFL, WEC...

I say Pro Elite buying up, or at least having a relationship with, all the non-UFC companies is good business strategy for a fledgling sport on the rise that's got a number of opportunities at this point...