EliteXC is working towards a possible light heavyweight matchup between Brazilian light heavyweight sensation Rafael Feijao and French striking specialist Cyrille Diabate for a Nov. 8 telecast on SHOWTIME.
The news was originally reported by Brazilian MMA website Tatame but FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the report with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw. However, Shaw was quick to point add that while the promotion is heading in the direction of a Feijao vs. Diabate encounter that the match is still contingent upon the signing of bout agreements from both fighters. He declined comment when asked if the fight would be for the vacant EliteXC light heavyweight title.
Since dropping down from heavyweight, Feijao is a perfect 3-0 while competing for EliteXC at 205 pounds. He debuted for the promotion this past February at “Street Certified” where he TKO’d John Doyle with a knee to the body at 2:17 of round 1. Feijao improved to 2-0 during June’s “Return of the King” event following a TKO over Wayne Cole at 1:47 of round 1.
The quick victory allowed him to return on short notice and fight Travis Galbraith during the SHOWTIME portion of EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” on July 26. The win improved Feijao’s overall record to 7-1.
Diabate is a world class striker who was hand-picked by Dan Henderson earlier this year to help him prepare for his fight against Anderson Silva this past March at UFC 82. Signed to an EliteXC contract earlier this year, Diabate debuted for the promotion during a ShoXC event in August and improved his MMA record to 12-6-1 following a unanimous decision over Jaime Fletcher.
No location or venue has been announced for EliteXC’s yet-to-be titled Nov. 8 event. However, EliteXC officials have stated that the show will be the promotion’s final card until 2009 and that Joey Villasenor and Brett Rogers could be featured in separate bouts.