Elite XC today made its plans official for an event at "The Pit" at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., on September 20. Tickets for the show went on sale today.
"The Pit" seats more than 18,000 fans, which makes this a rather ambitious decision for Elite XC, considering the promotion was only able to sling 3,701 tickets out of a possible 8,541 at last month's "Unfinished Business" event in Stockton, Calif.
Albuquerque is home to Greg Jackson's camp (Jackson's Submission Fighting), which includes Elite XC middleweight contender Joey Villasenor (26-6), who incidentally is rumored to be a part of the main event for this card. In fact, there have been some reports recently suggesting the main event will be a rematch between Villasenor and Brazilian Murilo "Ninja" Rua (16-8-1) in a possible number one contender match for a shot at division champ, Robbie Lawler.
That match up, however, doesn't appear likely. Not on September 20, anyway.
The rumor mill also has Cage Rage Welterweight Champion Paul "Semtex" Daley (18-6-2) making his return to the United States on September 20 for this show. He is coming off a brief hiatus from the sport for personal reasons and hasn't fought for Elite XC since a January 25 knockout of Sam Morgan on Showtime.
Undefeated heavyweight Dave "Pee Wee" Herman (11-0) is being talked about for the event as well, but no possible opponents have been named at this time.
With events now scheduled for August 15, September 20 and October 4, Elite XC is looking at a very important next couple of months as far as the future of the organization goes. Ticket sales and television ratings need to go up. Can Elite XC deliver?