T. Jay Thompson Shoots Down Pro Elite to CBS/Showtime Rumors

Special to MMAWeekly.com by Crooklyn (@CrooklynMMA) from TapouT Radio

T. Jay Thompson (@TJMMA), head of fight operations at Pro Elite, is a little perturbed with some of the MMA media, and understandably so.

Recently, an article on a popular MMA website surfaced, stating that the upstart promotion was in the final stages of negotiating a multi-year deal with Viacom that would see them land on CBS and Showtime.

Problem is, Thompson states that nothing could be further from the truth, and that statements such as these, are potentially damaging to future negotiations with the broadcast networks they do happen to be trying to get television deals with. Speaking with TapouT Radio, Thompson explained the situation and expanded on the news happening at Pro Elite.

He goes on further to state that the responsible party in writing this article didn’t go the extra mile to verify the source of “inside info” by contacting himself or Rich Chou, and that information absolutely did not come from within Pro Elite.

When asked if there were any active negotiations on the table with the CBS/Showtime team, he said “nothing at all for the very near future.”

The current availability of Pro Elite’s first show back will be on Sherdog.com, and that extra measures would be taken to ensure a quality webcast. The commentary team will not be the usual suspects of Phil Baroni, Jordan Breen and T.J. De Santis, but will feature MMA legend, Jens Pulver, doing the color commentary with local, Hawaiian sportscaster, Kanoa Leahey as the second man in the booth.

Thompson also spoke on the possibility of bringing some of the Golden Glory fighters to Pro Elite, and says that while Alistair Overeem is not involved in their talks, due to a contract negotiation period, they are very interested in the rest of the team, to include Marloes Coenen and Siyar Bahadurzada. There have been no talks at this time however with M-1 regarding recently released, Fedor Emelianenko.

To hear the audio from this interview, please visit TapouT Radio.