With a brutal stretch of three cards in 15 days behind them, EliteXC can now shift their full attention to the upcoming Nov. 8 card in Reno, Nev.
With two title fights already on the slate for that evening, EliteXC officials had hoped to book a third. But as EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
), the debut of the light-heavyweight title is still uncertain.
"Cyrille Diabate is not going to fight (Rafael) 'Feijao' for the title," Lappen said. "We offered him the fight, but he felt like he didn't have enough time to get ready.
"We're still looking for an opponent for 'Feijao.'"
Less than a week ago, EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw told MMAjunkie.com that the organization hoped to debut the 205-pound belt with a Diabate (12-6) vs. "Feijao" (7-1) bout. With Diabate out of the matchup, it is unknown if the light-heavyweight title will still be on the line.
Shaw did say that when the title was first up for grabs, "Feijao" would be in the mix.
"When we are ready to introduce the light-heavyweight title, there is no doubt that 'Feijao' will be in a fight for that title," Shaw said. "He's without a doubt the No. 1 fighter that we have in the light-heavyweight division."
As for Diabate, Lappen said the Frenchmen does hope to meet with "Feijao" at a later date.
"[Diabate] wants to do that fight in the future," Lappen said.
The fight card for EliteXC's Nov. 8 Showtime broadcast now includes:
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Joe Villasenor (for EliteXC middleweight title)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Nick Diaz (for vacant EliteXC lightweight title)
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. TBA
Hector Lombard vs. Scott Smith
Kaitlin Young vs. Sarah Kaufman