by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
At a pre-fight press conference held on Saturday in Japan for
Sunday’s DREAM.3, officials from both Dream and ProElite, Inc. announced a
working relationship between the two promotions that will include sharing of
fighters and referees, as well as co-promoted shows in the future.
“In the last year ProElite and EliteXC and other brands have
made a lot of progress, and some of our progress is due in part to our
relationship with FEG and now with Dream,” said ProElite executive William
Kelly. “We are sharing fighters. We are sharing referees. We intend to do
co-promotions with Dream both in Japan and in the U.S.”
Kelly also mentioned possibly taking co-promoted shows
between Dream and EliteXC to places like England and Korea in the future. He commented
on the strong relationship between ProElite and television giants CBS and
Showtime, and indicated that they will work to present EliteXC and Dream co-promoted
shows on the networks.
ProElite also announced the intention of opening offices in
Japan, with the hopes of putting on an EliteXC show there at some point in the
On the current Dream card set to take place on Sunday, two
EliteXC fighters are already competing, as Nick Diaz faces Katsuya Inoue and Eddie
Alvarez squares off in the second round of the lightweight Grand Prix against Joachim
ProElite executive and former ICON Sport owner T. Jay
Thompson also mentioned names like Kimbo Slice, Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler,
and Jason Miller as other U.S. stars that the promotion would like to introduce
to Japanese fans in the future.
DREAM.3 takes place on May 11 and will broadcast live in the
United States on HDNet.