ProElite returns on Aug. 27 for event in Hawaii, Andrei Arlovski expected to headline


After shutting its doors in October of 2008 following its inability to secure additional funding to keep the promotion afloat, select assets of ProElite -- the parent company of EliteXC -- were auctioned off to the California-based Strikeforce promotion, leaving nothing left but the bare bones.

Those bones were then reanimated and have come back to life like one of the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts. Of course they've had a little help from the gang at Stratus Media Group, Inc., who gobbled up the remains of ProElite with hopes of cashing in on a suddenly lucrative MMA market.

The question regarding any new organization will always revolve around talent and whether or not their is enough to go around. We're finding out as we speak.

ProElite is targeting a show on Aug. 27 in Hawaii and it's beginning the push to fill the card with talent, starting with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.

"The Pitbull" has reportedly been pegged to main event the card against an opponent to be determined, according to The mystery man should become known in the coming weeks.

But that's not all.

Also tabbed to get down in "The Aloha State" is Drew McFedries, who will sling leather against fellow power-puncher Kala Hose.

The former UFC middleweight talent is fresh on the heels of a thrilling three-round war against Gary Tapusoa back at Titan FC 16 in January, in which he earned himself a much needed technical knockout win.

ProElite isn't just plucking former Octagon warriors, though. The promotion has also landed Mark Ellis, a former NCAA wrestler -- and a champion at that -- who recently decided to make the full time switch to mixed martial arts competition.

He'll take on Jake Huen, a Hawaii football player.

Women are also welcome, as Raquel Pa'aluhi will square off against former Olympian Sara McMann, who is undefeated (2-0) in her budding career.

Finally, recently exiled TUF guy Kendall Grove is reportedly in talks to participate on the card. "Da Spyder," who won season three of The Ultimate Fighter, was released from UFC just weeks ago after compiling a less than impressive 7-6 record with the promotion.

Sound like a good card to get back in the game with? Or will failure abound, once again?

Keep it locked to for more on the upcoming re-debut of ProElite.

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