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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

FSN To Air Four One-Hour EliteXC Specials

Courtesy of ProElite, Inc.:

Bouts include Kimbo Slice, Anderson Silva, Uriah "The California Kid" Faber and MMA legend Frank Shamrock

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6, 2008 -- Fox Sports Net (FSN) and ProElite, Inc. (OTC:PELE.PK), the parent company of EliteXC, have announced that FSN will telecast four one-hour special MMA cards Sunday nights at 9:00 PM local throughout mid-September and into early October.

EliteXC, the only MMA organization to be broadcast live in primetime on network television, has developed a stacked lineup of some of MMA's top stars. The FSN EliteXC telecasts will showcase many of these elite MMA names, including internet sensation Kimbo Slice, MMA legend Frank Shamrock, EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons, and Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni.

In addition, the telecasts will feature vintage bouts of other MMA stars, including Anderson "Spider" Silva and Uriah "The California Kid" Faber, from earlier in their careers when they fought in ProElite-owned King of the Cage and Cage Rage events

The four-episode deal is the first agreement in what FSN and ProElite hope will be a successful relationship, continuing to bring the highest quality MMA programming to FSN viewers

"Our mission from day one with ProElite and EliteXC has been to showcase the incredible talent and excitement of our fighters and illustrate that the appetite of the growing legions of MMA fans can't be satisfied by merely a single organization," said ProElite's Doug DeLuca.

"FSN has a well-known history of success with MMA, and this partnership is another important step in developing an even stronger fan base for the exciting brand of MMA that ProElite delivers through EliteXC and our other organizations like King of the Cage, Cage Rage, Icon Sport, SpiritMC and Rumble on the Rock."

"ProElite has a great track record of staging top-notch bouts with big-name, impact fighters. FSN is pleased to be able to showcase EliteXC in FSN's Sunday Night Sports Block," said FSN Executive Vice President of Programming and Production George Greenberg.

EliteXC specials are hosted by Jay Glazer, alongside FSN's MMA analyst and former Icon Sport champion Frank Trigg. Specifics of the televised bouts are still be worked out. FSN has a long history of MMA success, telecasting bouts from UFC, PRIDE, IFL and the July 2008 undercard of the Affliction MMA special.

About FSN

FSN is the nation's leading provider of local sports. FSN's 16 owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S. FSN serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. FSN also produces close to 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 1600 in high definition. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national sports events and programs, including Pac-10 and ACC basketball and Pac-10 and Big 12 football.

About ProElite, Inc.

ProElite, Inc. delivers the most exciting entertainment experience in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) with live arena-based entertainment events, cable television programming on Showtime Networks and community-driven interactive broadband entertainment. A global leader in MMA, it has established a partnership with CBS that brings MMA to a major primetime network and an exclusive distribution agreement for its program library with IMG Media.

ProElite showcases the world's top MMA fighters through EliteXC (www.elitexc.com) and www.ProElite.com, its social media platform which continues to add thousands of subscribers each month with its live streaming of MMA events, social networking tools, and original and partner-driven content.

Akosa Akpom
Beacon Advisors
Hud Englehart