In a recent email to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer, Elite XC Manager of Fight Operations J.T. Steele confirmed that the promotion has indeed ceased operations and had no other choice but to cancel "A Night of Champions," which was set for Reno on November 8.
It was supposed to be the last event for Elite XC in 2008 ... and it was shaping up to be perhaps the promotion's best offering to date. Two world title fights were on the line, including a 185-pound showdown between division champion Robbie Lawler and Joey Villasenor and a 160-pound dream match up between Nick Diaz and Eddie Alvarez for the vacant lightweight crown.
A funny thing happened on the way to the desert, however, forcing Elite XC to call it quits.
The main event fight influencing controversy that surrounded the "Heat" CBS event earlier this month scared away what investors at CBS/Showtime were still left standing after nearly $60 million in debt had already piled up in the less than two years since the organization's creation.
It was the final stitch in an open wound that appeared to only get worse with time.
Here are perhaps the last words from Steele that will adorn the Elite XC epitaph:
"... the unfortunate confirmation that the November 8, 2008 Elite XC event will be canceled. It is with great regret that I must also inform you that ProElite, Inc. will be closing our operation today."
Rest in peace, Elite XC.