Is EliteXC's next event July 27?
It has been a couple of weeks since EliteXC co-promoted its San Jose event with Strikeforce. Since then, there has been no formal announcement of when EliteXC's next event will take place. In fact, on EliteXC's Web site there is a short message stating that a "new event is coming soon."
Well, I received a news release from San Diego's City Boxing Friday night that listed KJ Noons' next fight as an EliteXC fight against Edson Berto on July 27. According to the news release, the event will take place at Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
If this is true, then the participants in this fight -- Noons and Berto -- are both connected in EliteXC lore by Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Noons lost by TKO to Bennett in EliteXC's debut event in February while Berto stepped in for an incarcerated Bennett to defeat Victor Valenzuela at the June 22 Strikeforce event. Apparently, Berto suffered little to no damage in that fight since it appears he is ready to fight again a little over a month later.
I'll be very interested to see who else is on this July 27 card. I have to say that I've been impressed with the caliber of the competition on the first couple of EliteXC cards and I've also been pleasantly surprised by their ability to enlist the cooperation of other MMA leagues in holding events. I'll pass on more information about this upcoming card as I receive it.