MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST, WALLID ISMAIL, FILLED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE PROMOTERS OF ELITE XC
Wallid Ismail, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and MixedMartial Arts World Champion, known and respectedaround the world for being the first person to defeatthree members of the legendary Gracie family, thefirst family of Mixed Martial Arts, has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court, Newark – New Jersey against the promoters of Pro-Elite Inc – Elite XC – whose mixed martial arts event is scheduled to be shown onSHOWTIME on February 10, 2007. Ismail claims thatPro-Elite raised $10,000,000 and secured the ShowTime event based on his efforts and reputation, with an event known as â”Jungle Fight Championship” and then “squeezed him out”. He is claiming, in part,an ownership interest in Pro-Elite. The defendants include DOUGLAS DELUCA, a co-executiveproducer for ABC’s high profile, late-night vehicle,Jimmy Kimmel Live’, CURT BRENDLINGER, a television executive, whose clients have included NBC Sports, Chrysler Motors, Anheuser-Busch and the LosAngeles Times, DAVID MARSHAL, a co-founder ofYoubet.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBET), the largest legalonline gaming company in the U.S. and ERIC PULIER, a member of SANTA MONICA CAPITAL PARTNERS, the company that helped put the private placement together. GARY SHAW, a member of Pro-Elite was not named as a defendant but is mentioned in the complaint as is SHOW TIME. Ismails lawyer ROBERT HANTMAN, who is in California, taking the deposition of STEVEN SEAGAL, says that he and his client are prepared to resolve the case in the court room not the ring.