White: If Kimbo wants to join the UFC, he needs to start with T.U.F.
With all the news of ProElite's collapse in the media, speculation has surrounded the fate of its star athletes.
So far, former Elite employees have predicted that fighter contracts would become assets to be sold in bankruptcy court. Another scenario could involve an investor or entity purchasing the contracts from ProElite before proceedings begin.
The UFC seems a logical suitor for several of the marooned fighters. In the past two years, Zuffa, LLC has either bought out or signed athletes from several shuttered organizations. Light heavyweights
From name recognition alone, EliteXC's
"I think Gina Carano is a talented fighter, I think she's a star," White said. "She should have been the main event of that night, or
White was not so kind about Elite's other marquee name, Kimbo Slice, but offered him a job -- of sorts -- nonetheless.
"If he really wants to get into the UFC and he wants to fight, he should get on
White has reportedly maintained a good relationship with Shields, and said he'd be interested in having the top 10 welterweight on his roster.
"We're always interested in having the best guys in the world," he said. "Jake Shields is obviously one of them."
Shields recently told MMAWeekly.com that the UFC was the most likely option for his next career move. The first hurdle, it appears, is his contract with EliteXC.
"I don't want to get stuck in some complicated thing where they're trying to hold onto my contract, trying to sell it," he stated. "I want to be a free agent and then re-negotiate contracts from there."
Little is known on ProElite's plans for the fighters in limbo. It's safe to say that no fighter wants to be tied up in court, but that may happen unless White, or anyone, puts their money where their mouth is.