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Florida Opens Preliminary Investigation Into EliteXC Fight Fixing Allegations

EliteXC Heat: Kimbo Slice vs. Seth PetruzelliThe Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation — which regulates mixed martial arts contests in the state through the Florida Boxing Commission — has begun a preliminary investigation into numerous allegations that EliteXC has been influencing fights, most notably offering Seth Petruzelli a bonus to stand and trade with Kimbo Slice.

Though Petruzelli ultimately won the bout, keeping the fight standing was seemingly a distinct advantage for the highly-marketed Slice.

Now, according to ESPN.com’s Franklin McNeal, the state has launched an investigation into the allegations:

…the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation — which oversees the State Boxing Commission — said Thursday that it has opened a preliminary investigation into the matter.

“While the Department of Business and Professional Regulation doesn’t have any reason to believe there was a problem with the Slice-Petruzelli fight, given the interest in it, the Department has begun a preliminary investigation to thoroughly review the circumstances of the fight,” said Jennifer Meale, Communications Director for the DBPR.

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