Some Upside From ProElite's, EliteXC's Demise

Sam Caplan identifies it:

Another thing you will see with the fall of ProElite is the rise of regional MMA. With MMA on the downturn in Japan, a lot of talented fighters could be stuck in a state of purgatory. Granted, Strikeforce will be very interested in a lot of the aforementioned names, but the reality is that the WEC, UFC (which will likely have to purge some of its roster if it pursues a significant amount of ex-EliteXC fighters), and Strikeforce can only have so many fighters under contract. A lot of fighters who were fighting and winning on the national level are suddenly going to find that their only options will be to fight for less for U.S.-based regional promotions and improve their market value with the major national promotions that remain, or retire.

Existing regional promotions will look to secure talent that falls through the cracks while several promotions will form out of the void that has been created by the collapse of so many national promotions. A fight such as Rogers vs. Herman, which had been discussed as a strong possibility of taking place for EliteXC in 2009 for the promotion’s heavyweight title, might now be contested on a regional show. And once these regional promotions sign a few significant names, they will become immediate candidates to land a broadcast deal with HDNet.

I've been discussing this in detail on MMA Nation, but the truth is the MMA landscape was already reorganizing itself this way. ProElite's demise will only catalyze the process. As the sport builds itself and the infrastructure it needs to grow in various meaningful geographic regions, local brand leaders act as formalized top-tier feeder systems for the national promotions. Now with more talent on their hands, they can polish their image and improve the quality of their experience for local MMA fans.

I'm not necessarily ecstatic about ProElite's demise, but it's simply a lie there is no upside to it.

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