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Marlon Mathias vs David Douglas swing bout added to Elite XC 'Unfinished Business' CBS card

Marlon Mathias
A swing bout between between Muay Thai black belt Marlon Mathias (3-0) and David Douglas (3-1) has been added to this Saturday's (July 26) Elite XC: "Unfinished Business" event on CBS.

This lightweight match up was originally scheduled to be Douglas against Malaipet, but Malaipet suffered and injury at the last minute. Elite XC scrambled to find a solid replacement and definitely found one in Mathias.

He's a Chute Boxe trainee with an undefeated (9-0) professional Muay Thai record. As mentioned above, he's a black belt in the art of Muay Thai. He's a confident fighter -- as are most who come from Chute Boxe -- and he feels grateful for the opportunity to fight in Elite XC.

Here's a snip from an interview he did with

"To me EliteXC is one of the best events in the U.S, even here in Brazil we can see that EliteXC is growing a lot and we also see that EliteXC has the concern about his athletes. And now with the CBS deal EliteXC will be the number one event soon. They believed in my work and now its time for me to pay back and make a huge presentation."

Douglas' only loss is to top 10 featherweight, Jeff Curran, by a first round submission three years ago. He's only competed once since then -- in May of last year (a win over Yusuke Ikenishi).

His inactivity could prove to be a problem against a striker like Mathias who trains with one of the most feared camps in the sport. But then again, he has been preparing for Malaipet,who also is a world class Muay Thai specialist.

Perhaps he'll have a solid gameplan for Mathias.

We'll see on Saturday night because Elite XC plans to either air this bout as the first fight on CBS if there's enough time in between the transition from Showtime or after the main event if time permits.

Regardless, its should be a solid addition to the telecast. One more fight certainly doesn't hurt anything.

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