Will there ever be a time where EliteXC manages to pull off an event without an assload of drama going down? I’m starting to seriously doubt it. But when you stack the deck as hardcore as possible to give your ‘stars’ the advantage, you shouldn’t be surprised when people doubt the legitimacy of the things they see on your shows.
The biggest and loudest uproars coming out of the EliteXC show has to be the stoppage on the Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson fight. Personally, I was amazed that Thompson was even allowed into the ring considering how inflated and disgusting his ear was looking. So I’m really not too sure why people were surprised that the fight was stopped after James’ earsack literally popped. Personally, I would have loved to see what kind of uproar would have been caused if the fight went on for the extra 5 to 10 punches and Thompson had to have the ear removed. But for some reason I don’t think that would have been all that good for the sport.
As for the referee not stepping in when James Thompson had Kimbo Slice pinned down and was throwing weak ass fists and elbows … well, they were weak ass fists and elbows. I’ve never been a fan of fights being stopped on account of consecutive blows that aren’t doing much damage. Keeping people’s ears from falling off on network television, yes. Strikes that aren’t hurting your opponent? Not so much.
Anyways, I think it’s fair enough to debate the stoppages or lack thereof. There’s more than enough ammunition on both sides to re-enact World War 2 if ya wanted to. But to go down the road into tinfoil hat territory is kinda retarded.