The much anticipated sophomore effort by the newly reformed ProElite was set to be headlined by Tim Sylvia squaring off with Pedro Rizzo. In the co-main event Andrei Arlovski is facing the man, the myth, the legend Travis Fulton. This show was supposed to kickstart ProElite's Heavyweight Grand Prix, which seem to be all the rage in 2011. While no participants were officially named, there were some men who were expected to be a part of the field including Mark Ellis.
Unfortunately, the show took a major hit today when Rizzo announced that he will be unable to fight Sylvia in next month due to a partially torn tricep. It's obviously an injury that needs plenty of time to heal. According to Rizzo, he was coming into this fight in fantastic shape. The fine folks at MMA Weekly reached out to ProElite matchmaker Rich Chou who confirmed that Rizzo was off the card and that they were searching for a replacement.
Rizzo went to twitter to try and explain what had happened and to apologize to both Tim Sylvia and the ProElite management for getting injured so close to the fight. Rizzo is 37 and riding his first three fight winning streak since 1999.
The injury could not come at a worse time for ProElite who are trying to rebuild a brand that was tarnished following the Kimbo Slice/Seth Petruzelli fight while under the previous management. The first show from ProElite 2.0 took place in Hawaii and saw Andrei Arlovski return to his winning ways following a four fight losing streak that lasted two years.
The November 5th card is set to take place in Moline, Illinois at the 12,000 person capacity i wireless Center. Now headlined by Arlovski/Fulton, expect to see Reagan Penn and Tara Larosa also to fight on the card as well as the aforementioned Heavyweight Grand Prix. No word yet on how the card will be aired; however, the promotion is in talks with HDNet so that is a possibility.