ProElite Confirms 6 Bouts for Nov. 5 HDNet Debut in Illinois

By Mike Whitman Oct 18, 2011
The second offering from the resurrected ProElite will air live on HDNet, the Los Angeles-based promotion recently announced.

Six bouts have thus far been confirmed for the Nov. 5 card, topped by a heavyweight showdown between former UFC champion Tim Sylvia and German import Andreas Kraniotakes. Sylvia was originally slated to face Pedro Rizzo, but the Brazilian was forced to withdraw from the contest Monday due to injury.

Emanating from the I Wireless Center in Moline, Ill., the show will feature another former UFC titlist, Andrei Arlovski (Pictured), taking on 15-year pro Travis Fulton in the co-main event.

Also on tap will be the opening round of an eight-man heavyweight grand prix, highlighted by former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis taking on once-beaten Ryan Martinez. The quarterfinals will also see Texas product Richard Odoms collide with Illinois’ Jason Bosler, while Alaskan transplant Jake Heun meets New Jersey’s Chris Birchler. Rounding out the draw will be Arizonan Esteves Jones squaring off with Alabama’s Walter Harris.

“When we say we’re looking for the next great heavyweight, this was not a half-hearted search,” stated ProElite Vice President of Fight Operations T. Jay Thompson in an official release. “We have eight guys from eight different regions of the country. We have both coasts, the South, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain region covered.”

Reagan Penn will also make his second ProElite appearance against an opponent to-be-named, and UFC veteran Waylon Lowe is also slated to be in action. Additionally, the promotion announced that Todd Monaghan will participate in a heavyweight tournament alternate bout.

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