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EliteXC still bullish about female MMA

crush_001.jpgOn Tuesday, EliteXC held a conference call to help promote their CBS show on May 31 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Gina Carano will be fighting for the first time since Sept. 15 when she takes on Kaitlin Young. Both fighters were available to the media on yesterday’s call. It should be an interesting fight, in that both fighters are outstanding strikers who pack a lot of power in their kicks and punches.

There was a few interesting revelations during the call, with EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw revealing that the promotion is considering adding a women’s title and is entertaining the possibility of doing an all-female card.

“We’re talking about two things,” Shaw began to respond when asked if there were any plans to institute a women’s title. “We’re talking about a women’s title and we’re also talking about an all women’s show where we feature one night of just all women’s fights.”

The idea of adding a title is long overdue in my opinion and would help add clarity to the female division. However, if EliteXC adds a female title, then I strongly feel they will need to bring in both Tara LaRosa and Amanda Buckner. In regards to LaRosa, she is widely regarded by many as the top pound-for-pound female fighter in the world. If you’re going to have a championship title, LaRosa has to be in the mix.

One thing I’d love to see EliteXC consider since they are already talking about an all-female card is to do a Grand Prix-style tournament for the title. If they went out and created a bracket with the eight top female fighters in the world and had them compete for the title over the span of three shows, I think that would help create more interest and intrigue in the female division. Throw fighters such as LaRosa, Buckner, and Roxanne Modaferri into a division that already includes Carano, Young, Cris Cyborg, and Shayna Baszler, and you’d have an amazing tournament field.

Outside of the addition of a title and a possible all-female card, EliteXC could also have additional expansion plans for female MMA. In her closing statement, Young indicated that she’s heard EliteXC has booked a female MMA fight for 130 pounds, which, if true, means that the promotion could be on the verge of adding a second full-time weight class for female fighters.

Another notable comment during the conference call took place when Carano was asked to address criticisms regarding her difficulty in making weight for some of her fights.

“A fight has never been canceled because I didn’t make weight,” Carano responded. “Unless one does, then I don’t have anything to be ashamed of. I do cut weight. I get down. I’m not very good dehydrated, so I walk into the weigh-ins not looking so hot sometimes. But it’s not going to be a problem for May 31. I am in surprisingly good shape where I am at right now. I feel great. I’m strong and ready to go. So, no, it shouldn’t be a problem and we’ll just see how it goes. I’ll just keep on trying to get more professional and trying to get down faster. (And) try to lay off the ravioli a little bit more (laughing).”

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