In the “too little too late” category, MMAWeekly is reporting the the Florida State Boxing Commission cleared EliteXC in their investigation of the Kimbo Slice – Seth Petruzelli fight. According to their findings, nothing illegal took place in the fight.
Dana White, however, maintained that he knew for a fact that EliteXC would engage in fight tampering in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.
“I know for a fact it was (done),” White said. “They’re bad guys. Fight tampering. You start tampering with fights. A promoter should not be talking to a fighter about any fight strategy whatsoever … You wouldn’t have me in a public blog saying the FBI should be investigating them right now if I didn’t know it.”
Many attribute the investigation to the closing of EliteXC. Because of the investigation, Showtime pulled out of negotiations to purchase EliteXC and filed a breach in its loan to the company, claiming that they did not maintain enough of a bank account balance. Pro Elite proceeded to file for bankruptcy.