LOS ANGELES, Jul 14, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ProElite, Inc. PELE 0.00% , a subsidiary of Stratus Media Group Inc. SMDI 0.00% , today announces the signing of former UFC Champion, Andrei "the Pitbull" Arlovski, and 2009 NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Mark "Blue Chip" Ellis.
Paul Feller, Chairman and CEO of Stratus and Chairman of ProElite, said, "We share the excitement for Arlovski and Ellis with MMA fight fans around the world. The signing of these world renowned MMA athletes underscores ProElite's commitment to the development of world class live entertainment for our action sports MMA growth."
"Andre and Mark are a promoter's dream," said T.Jay Thompson, VP, ProElite Fight Operations. "Five or six fights down the line we could see these two in the cage at the same time."
Andrei Arlovski, one of the most popular MMA athletes of all time, most recently competed under the Strikeforce banner. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion is the first marquee MMA fighter signed by ProElite this year.
"Andrei is a world class athlete and still has a ton of heart left in him to fight his way back to a championship," added Thompson.
Mark Ellis, standing at 6'5", 255lb, and 2009 NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Champion at the University of Missouri, is a highly sought after rookie fighter. Recently, Ellis began training alongside UFC Champion Cain Valesquez at famed AKA Gym in San Jose, California.
"Mark has all the makings of a World Champion," said Bob Cook, AKA Head Trainer. "He is an MMA newcomer and is already competing head to head with our other athletes like Cain and Olympian Daniel Cormier. Mark has the capacity to compete and beat the best in the business."
Arlovski and Ellis will make their 2011 ProElite debut at the recently announced August 27 fight at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI.