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Look who is picking on the UFC and Spike TV?

01-15-2007 02:49 PM CET | Sports

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January 15, 2006 - Pro Elite, Inc. and Showtime Networks Inc. just announced a newly developed business unit, Elite Xtreme Combat (EliteXC). Elite will take on the mixed martial arts world by organizing events on the premium SHOWTIME channel. Its first venue will pair Legendary Champion Royce Gracie's younger cousin Renzo Gracie against Frank Shamrock. It is scheduled to air live on SHOWTIME on February 10, 2007 (10 p.m. ET/PT)
“My family is always ready to fight” says Royce Gracie whose center of operation in New England is Hartford Connecticut with 7 schools stretching from Boston to New Haven CT,and can be found at . Jim Hughes, Royce's representative based in Hartford reports “this announcement is a big deal for fans and for fighters. Fans get to see what happens in real fights and they get to see some amazing technical skill at work, the kind of practical self defense skills we work on everyday here.”
“These events will connect with every martial arts enthusiast in America, and ultimately the world. Our goal is to help the sport continue to grow and flourish explains EliteXC CEO Doug DeLuca.
Brian Lichtenstein, , is a tax and investment adviser by day and a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter by night: “My grandfather, Abe 'the Killer Lichtenstein' fought his way out of the Jewish ghetto as a boxer early in the century and was just inducted into the Hall of Fame. I love to train at Jim Hughes and Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu because it is fun, its safe and its a good workout, but also because I feel a little closer to my family roots when I am sparring. My kids enjoy their Karate classes with Paul Bratslavsky for some of the same reasons."
Not everyone has a family member who fights but certainly, the management team at has a real fighter, Reality TV show fighter that is, in Kelly Perdew, He fought his show mates for a job with The Donald in “Apprentice 2” Perdew, also the former President of - reportedly, the biggest amateur sports web portal in the world, is now weighing in as President of
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Jim Hughes and Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a professional coaching organization with 7 locations throughout New England focusing on proven self defense skills and family fitness

Jim Hughes and Royce Gracie
41 Crossroads Plaza #300
West Hartford CT 06117
860 233 3000

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