Prior to the closure of parent company ProElite on October 20th 2008, EliteXC: A Night of Champions was to be held on November 8, 2008 in Reno, Nevada at the Reno Events Center. The event was scheduled to include two title fights and would have aired on the Showtime cable network.
The main event was set to feature the then EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler as he defended his belt against former King of the Cage middleweight champion Joey Villasenor. This fight was going to be a rematch from PRIDE 32 in which Lawler won by KO.
The second scheduled title fight featured top-ranked fighter Eddie Alvarez vs. contender Nick Diaz for the then-vacant EliteXC lightweight title. This title had been stripped from former champion KJ Noons for failing to defend.
Also on the card was to be the return of former WEC light heavyweight champion Scott Smith vs. former CFC middleweight champion Hector Lombard.
It was reported by MMA Junkie that Cyrille Diabate was offered a fight with Rafael Cavalcante for the vacant Light Heavyweight belt, but declined stating he did not have enough time to prepare.
EliteXC Middleweight Championship: Robbie Lawler vs. Joey Villasenor
EliteXC Lightweight Championship: Eddie Alvarez vs. Nick Diaz
Middleweight bout: Scott Smith vs. Hector Lombard
Women’s 140lbs bout: Kaitlin Young vs. Sarah Kaufman
Heavyweight bout: Brett Rogers vs. Paul Buentello