Pro Elite and HDNet Announce Broadcast Agreement, Kraniotakes Replaces Rizzo
A couple of weeks prior to its upcoming November 5th card in Moline, Illinois, Pro Elite has taken moves to increase its profile substantially, as the promotion has signed a multi-fight, multi-year deal with HDNet.
No specific details regarding the agreement were disclosed, other than the fact that Pro Elite’s upcoming November 5th card will be broadcast on HDNet.
“Our multi-fight agreement with HDNet elevates the ProElite brand to a national MMA audience with a preeminent broadcast partner,” said Paul Feller, President and CEO of Stratus Media Group and Chairman of ProElite. “This strategic partnership offers new opportunities for corporate sponsors and advertisers looking to reach this passionate and rapidly growing audience of ProElite fans.”
“After watching their first event in Hawaii, I could see ProElite was a great fit for HDNet,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “This upcoming card has the perfect mix of marquee names and an innovative Heavyweight tournament that fight fans won’t want to miss!”
Next month’s “Big Guns” card will be hosted by Moline’s i Wireless Center and will feature Andrei Arlovski versus Travis Fulton, as well as, Tim Sylvia taking on Andreas Kraniotakes.
Kraniotakes (12-4) is stepping in for Pedro Rizzo, who announced this week that he would be unable to fight as scheduled, due to an arm injury.
The 6’3, 250 pound plus Kraniotakes has won three straight fights heading into the November 5th, Pro Elite card, and is 4-1 in his last five tilts.
Pro Elite has also announced the opening round bouts for the promotion’s upcoming heavyweight tournament, as Mark Ellis (1-0) will take on Ryan Martinez (5-1), Richard Odoms (5-0) will meet Jason Bosler (3-1), Jake Heun (1-1) will fight Chris Birchler (1-0) and Esteves Jones (7-2) will battle Walter Harris (3-1).
The promotion has also confirmed that Reagan Penn and Waylon Lowe will compete on the November 5th card, however, no opponents have yet been announced.