The following is a detailed preview of the undercard for the first ever Elite XC MMA event scheduled for February 10th:
In less than 30 days Elite Xtreme Combat is coming to the Desoto County Civic Center and three area fighters are preparing feverishly to take on stiff competition. The south played host to many of the sports earliest events, has developed some of the finest athletes and Seth Kleinbeck, Mike Pyle, and John David Shackleford, and “Nasal” represent the next generation of rising stars.
Seth Kleinbeck is in constant motion both in the cage and in his day-to-day life. Splitting time between his duties as a physician and training in the Little Rock Arkansas area leaves him little time for anything but working, training, and sleeping. Known as a thunderous puncher, Kleinbeck has stopped 6 of his 9 professional opponents via strikes. He began his career as a light heavyweight; the move to middleweight increases his dramatic stopping power. Kleinbeck will need all the power he can get as he faces Riki Fukuda from Japan.
Mike Pyle was a well-kept secret, quietly training in Memphis and Europe. Known as “Quicksand”, a homage to his ability to draw you into his guard and then methodically wear you down with submission attempts. Spending better than a year in Europe honing his kickboxing skills Pyle has knocked out 50% of his recent opponents. Pyle faces tough Hawaiian, Ross Ebanez, a highly decorated grappler who will not be surprised by his (Pyle’s) submission attempts, and is known to possess unbelievable stamina.
John David Shackleford burst on to the scene in 2002 showcasing a surprisingly well-rounded striking and grappling game. During the past year, Shackleford has showed dramatic improvement in his submission skills facing world-class competition. Shackleford faces Edson Berto of Florida, by way of Haiti. Berto the son of MMA pioneer Dieusel Berto, has trained nearly all of his life and has well deserved reputation for powerful strikes and slick submission defense.
Rounding out the quartet of local fighters is Memphian, by way of Niteroi Brazil is
Adriano Nasal. Nasal is a Blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and hold world and Pan American titles in BJJ. Nasal teaches BJJ at Memphis Judo and Jiu-jitsu and for the last year has focused on his kickboxing skills. Nasal faces a legend on the come back, Javier Vazquez. Vazquez long considered to be elite at 155lbs, was forced to take some time off due to injuries. Now fully recovered Vazquez is anxious to show he is still among the best in the division and has the Jiu-jitsu to deal with the “world-class” Nasal.
The Main Event will feature two of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport, Frank Shamrock vs. Renzo Gracie. Family honor and personal pride are on the line, who will walk away with it all? For more info about the February 10th event at the Desoto County Civic Center in South Haven Ms., visit www.proelite.com.