by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
During a media conference call on Tuesday, EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw announced the intention of creating a women’s title later this year, as well as possibly putting together an all women’s fight card to air on television in 2009.
The conference call is part of the promotion’s build-up to its network television debut on May 31 on CBS.
“We’re talking about doing two things. We’re talking about doing a women’s title and we’re also talking about an all women’s show where we feature one night of all women’s fights,” said Shaw. “That’s something that I’d like to present to the public, a night of women’s fights. I think that would be a major milestone. I think it would be good for the sport, and good for women.”
Shaw also confirmed that the first title would be at 140-pounds, although he didn’t rule out possibly creating titles for women in different weight classes in the future. He also mentioned the winner of the fight between Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young as one of the likely participants in the first EliteXC women’s title bout.
“I think we would look to fight the winner of this fight for the title in the fall,” Shaw stated. “So we would give the first women’s title out sometime in the fall. Other titles will depend on how many different weight classes we end up with.”
First things first, Carano and Young will fight in a featured bout in the debut edition of CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on May 31.