Just because ProElite has officially folded, it doesn’t mean that Showtime is going to leave the MMA game for good. With ProElite’s announcement that they were going to close its doors, Showtime officials said the following in a statement, “In view of Showtime’s leadership role in sports programming, including boxing and mixed martial arts, we intend to explore other opportunities.”
Obviously it would be too early to tell if they intend to use another promotion or start up their own. Showtime was consistent with ProElite over their partnership as they aired both EliteXC and ShoXC events and was the main reason behind the deal with CBS.
CBS will most likely shy away from any Mixed Martial Arts content for the foreseeable future as ratings for “Saturday Night Fights” never quite reached the potential that they had hoped for.