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CBS/EliteXC comin’ atcha in Jersey

All those New Jersey UFC fans bitching about the shit sandwich they got for a regional show, EliteXC might be prepping to remedy your situation. While a press release that was supposed to come out yesterday never materialized, details are still starting to emerge regarding the first CBS / EliteXC show. Here’s what’s known thus far:

  • The Date: May 31st
  • The Place: Newark, New Jersey
  • The Card: Kimbo vs ???, Robbie Lawler vs Scott Smith, Gina Carano vs ???

So now we have to wait and see if Gary Shaw has the stones to try and stuff Ken Shamrock in the card … I’m giving it a 20% chance of him being against Kimbo but a 70% chance of him ending up on the card against someone else. And it’s still questionable if Gina Carano is gonna return to the fold and fight for EliteXC again.

So I guess as it stands all we’ve got is Kimbo and Lawler vs Smith, which is a very smart matchup to have. Both those fighters are bangers who can take a licking and keep on ticking. I have no doubt Gary Shaw has put this fight together in the hopes that he can recreate a Griffin/Bonnar moment. And honestly, this fight has a good chance of doing it.

  • Gina's boy toy says:

    Cool I am in Jersey so maybe a chance to see Kimbo and Gina!

  • Pontus says:

    I read somewhere Kimbo vs Don Frye. It could just be bullshit though.

  • Trol says:

    I will be very surprised if Gina agrees to a fight. She will have an even harder time making weight since the last time I saw video of her. Lawler Vs. Smith will either be a great fight or a quick KO. I hope who ever they get for Kimbo takes him to the second round or at least to the ground. Kimbo has been given two cans that both gave us very anti-climatic fights. Its about time they actually test Kimbo on someone who can actually fight.

  • Trol says:

    Pontus, that would be way better than Ken Shamrock and I would love to see it. It would explain Don’s pull out on the Yamma fight.

  • danaunclefesterwhite says:

    It would be in ProElite’s best interests right now to put on exciting fights on CBS (blow their wad all on the CBS stuff, give Showtime the scraps) rather than have the best fighters possible fight necessarily in my opinion. It’s a bonus when you have fighters like Lawler who are both exciting and elite. But guys like Scott Smith are what ProElite needs to use more. If I want to see the best fighters fight, most of the time you’d be watching the UFC for that. They don’t have all the best talent but they have the most. But ProElite needs to have their own niche and that niche is putting on exciting fights. Guys like Jon Fitch may be talented but I wouldn’t buy a PPV to see him.

  • Nachtfalter says:

    I’m a little unhappy that it looks like the Kimbo vs. Can (or Kimbo vs. Over-the-Hiller) fight is apparantly supposed to be the main event while a world title match (even if the title isn’t that prestigious yet) is stuck with co-main event status or even below that. Maybe I’m too influenced by the UFC but I just think that if you have only one title match on a card it should be the main event.
    Other than that the card seems to be shaping nicely, though.

  • danaunclefesterwhite says:

    In the UFC, title fights on the cards become main events technically. But as seen with UFC 79 and 81, the title match can sometimes play second fiddle in hype. Liddell-Silva and Lesnar-Mir were hyped up more than GSP-Hughes III and Nogueira-Sylvia. They were just co-main events in terms of card pecking order and in name only.

  • danaunclefesterwhite says:

    Promoting Kimbo is going to hurt ProElite’s credibility in the future. ProElite is the Never Back Down of MMA. It’s an entertaining bread and circus act but it’s going to get crucified in the mainstream media. See this is what I love about Japan. They have no shame in watching and hyping matches like Ogawa vs. Giant Silva. But in America, being associated with pro wrestling or felony fights is going to result in a lot of hellfire and brimstone. With ProElite on CBS, you’re going to see a lot of self-righteous doubebags on mainstream sports and news saying that ProElite = felony fights and that mma fighters are not true athletes but sports entertainers and thugs. Because as you know, mainstream sports writers and mma purists think that former street fighters and pro wrestlers are more of a black eye on the sport than rapists like Mike Tyson you know.