Showtime Set to Enter the Mixed Martial Arts Game, Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Embraces the Announcement

Watch out UFC and Spike TV, Showtime has you on their fight card. Showtime and ProElite have big plans for the future of Mixed martial arts.

West Hartford, CT, January 18, 2007 --( Pro Elite, Inc. and Showtime Networks Inc. just announced a newly developed business unit, Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC). Elite will take on the mixed martial arts world by organizing events on the premium Showtime channel. Its first venue will pair Legendary Champion Royce Gracie's younger cousin Renzo Gracie against Frank Shamrock. It is scheduled to air live on Showtime on February 10, 2007 (10 p.m. ET/PT).

“My family is always ready to fight,” says Royce Gracie whose center of operation in New England is Hartford, Connecticut with 7 schools stretching from Boston to New Haven, CT, and can be found at Jim Hughes, Royce's representative based in Hartford, reports: “This announcement is a big deal for fans and for fighters. Fans get to see what happens in real fights and they get to see some amazing technical skill at work, the kind of practical self defense skills we work on everyday here.”

“These events will connect with every martial arts enthusiast in America, and ultimately the world. Our goal is to help the sport continue to grow and flourish," explains EliteXC CEO Doug DeLuca.

Brian Lichtenstein is a tax and investment adviser by day and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter by night: “My grandfather, Abe 'the Killer Lichtenstein' fought his way out of the Jewish ghetto as a boxer early in the century and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame. I love to train at Jim Hughes and Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu because it is fun, it's safe and it's a good workout, but also because I feel a little closer to my family roots when I am sparring. My kids enjoy their Karate classes with Paul Bratslavsky for some of the same reasons."

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Judy Mulkern