An interview with Alexis Antonacci -- press secretary for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) in the state of Florida -- will be featured on "Inside MMA" tonight on HDNet, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
DBPR is currently conducting a preliminary investigation into Elite XC following some remarks from "Heat" main event winner Seth Petruzelli that claim the promotion paid him to stay on his feet against the popular street brawler Kimbo Slice.
Here's what he said word for word on October 6, the Monday following fight, on a popular morning radio program in Orlando:
"My original plan was to throw out push kicks, have him think that I’m gonna throw them more, and then to shoot in on him, obviously. But the promoters kind of hinted to me, and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him."
Shortly therefter, Elite XC denied any wrong doing and Petruzelli claimed he was misquoted.
But the DBPR feels there could be some foul play involved and right now its in the beginning stages of a possible investigation into Elite XC. Tonight's program will be a great place to here what the DBPR has to say about what they've found so far during the inquiry.
Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice host the hour long program every Friday night on the premium cable and satellite channel HDNet. The show will also feature an in-depth interview by Ron Kruck with the man who was originally scheduled to face Kimbo Slice in Sunrise, Florida on October 4, UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.
His comments on the matter should be interesting as well.
Stayed locked into MMAmania.com for more on the developing story.