by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Pro Elite, Inc. presidenet Gary Shaw announced during a Wednesday conference call that Pro Elite has signed Nick Diaz to fight on their new promotion that will air on premium cable outlet Showtime.

“Nick Diaz is signed under a contract to EliteXC,” stated Shaw. Diaz is currently the #9 Welterweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings.

Diaz’ manager, Cesar Gracie, confirmed the signing saying, “We hope to have Nick on Showtime in May.” Falling in line with what Shaw has said in several interviews, Gracie also confirmed, “He will be able to fight in other organizations.” Diaz was victorious in the last two fights on his UFC contract.

Shaw also expressed his intention to make fighter Gina Carano a focal point of the newly formed EliteXC promotion. “I went to lunch with Gina and I told her that I want her to be the face of women’s MMA,” recounted Shaw. “She leaned over and said, ‘I heard you, but let me tell you something, I can fight.’ She will be the first woman [fighter] featured on Showtime.”

It was also revealed during the conference call that Carano’s first opponent will be Julie Kedzie, the Hook-N-Shoot Ladies Grand Prix champion.