by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The future for EliteXC fighter Seth Petruzelli got a lot brighter on Oct. 4 after his 14-second knockout of Kimbo Slice, but according to EliteXC executives he may stay at heavyweight or even compete in two weight classes.
Before the chance to fight Kimbo came along, Petruzelli was all set to do battle against Aaron Rosa, a former training partner of UFC legend Tito Ortiz, at light heavyweight.
With Petruzelli’s newfound fame, the question immediately becomes what’s next for EliteXC’s newest star?
One possibility is an immediate shot at top 205-pound EliteXC fighter Rafael “Feijao” Calvancante, who has been rumored as part of a light heavyweight title fight for some time now, but according to EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw, the company would like to give Petruzelli more time than four weeks to prepare for a bout of that magnitude.
“I think that could be a great fight at 205,” Shaw commented on a fight between Feijao and Petruzelli. “I haven’t even had a chance to have a conversation with Seth Petruzelli since I saw him at the press conference, so I’d like to figure out where he’s going to feel comfortable. He used to campaign as a heavyweight.
“I’ll tell you what, when you throw a short right jab and you knock down a guy, I don’t care what you make of all the guys in his YouTube videos, that’s still bare knuckles. With a short right jab, you’ve got a serious heavyweight punch. So Seth Petruzelli has a chance to be a two weight class athlete. We’ll talk to him and figure out what he wants to do.”
While Shaw doesn’t rule out the possibility of the fight happening, he doesn’t likely see it taking place on the Nov. 8 show in Reno, Nev., slated for a Showtime broadcast.
“That may be too quick already,” Shaw said. “Seth Petruzelli, he deserves the opportunity to be the best Seth Petruzelli at EliteXC that he can be. And as a fighter, when you train for four to six weeks for your fight, maybe even eight (weeks), and you go through your weight loss, cutting to 205, you peak at a certain point and even though it was 10 seconds, he may have peaked.
“To ask him to turn around in two seconds basically, because you’re talking about Nov. 8, so you’re talking about four weeks from right now, I really don’t think that’s a fair opportunity for him.”