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EliteXC’s July show is shaping up

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And when dumbass TV executives give you 5 weeks to put together an MMA event, you … well, I guess you work your ass off to make sure it doesn’t suck. Thus is the scenario for EliteXC, who were kinda pushed into having a second CBS show on July 26th. Here’s what they’re up to for it:

      * The company is trying to put together a dual broadcast with three or four fights on Showtime at 7:30/8:00 PM EST leading into the live CBS broadcast from 9-11PM EST.
* No venue has been selected, but the Savvis Center in St. Louis is under consideration.
* Robbie Lawler v. Scott Smith II will headline the CBS show. Jake Shields in a match to create a Welterweight Champion and Antonio Silva, potentially in a match to create a Heavyweight Champion, as well as a women’s bout featuring Shayna Baszler are also in the plans.

The MMA Payout guys point to the fact that three 5-round championship fights could result in another show going way over the 2 hour timeslot. While I agree it’s a logistic nightmare to plan a two hour show around fights that may or may not go 90 minutes, I really doubt that EliteXC will be able to find anyone capable of going 5 rounds with Jake Shields. Plus, you can always guarantee that Shayna Bazler will take all of 2 minutes to destroy whoever they put in front of her.

There doesn’t seem to be a problem putting together a card that’ll feature more of what the first event offered: lots of striking and entertainment. The big question is if they’ll be able to redo their ratings success without a Kimbo or Crush on the lineup. My bet is Shaw is still working on at least one freakshow match to try and drive the ratings. The return of Ken Shamrock, you think?

  • cingred

    You know, maybe this is the way it needs to be – they garnered some interest with the first show, now they can showcase the talent that they really do have; And they have a lot these days.

    Jake Shields and Bigfoot are two great fighters obviously and the rematch between Smith and Lawler should bring down the house. Can’t wait!!!!

  • ninjitsu

    This show sounds like it’s going to be so much better than the last…

  • Fatal Error

    Can they get any of the Strikeforce fighters that are under contract to fight for them? I know they have done a few co-promotional events, I wonder what their business relationship is like.

  • fightlinker

    AFAIK it’s not the best but it’s not bad … it was kinda a forced situation on account of Frank Shamrock signing with EliteXC. I don’t think you’ll see Strikeforce lending fighters to EliteXC though

  • Steve

    I’m pretty sure the Strikeforce and EliteXC relationship has been severed now that they are on competing networks (CBS, NBC).

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    maybe they can book Antonio Silva vs Sakuraba

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Or have SAkuraba Vs Royce Gracie 3, 4 and 5 on the same card

  • Pontus

    Is it just me or when did Scott Smith become something other then a b-level fighter.
    Its still the same figher that went 1-3 in the UFC and lost to ED HERMAN.

  • ekc

    scott is one of the most exciting mw’s out there….. and yeah, its MMA, everybody loses so get over the Ed Herman loss.

  • fightlinker

    mmm i’d say Scott is a good mid-level fighter. Put him in a mid-level promotion and he looks awesome. Same situation with guys like Lawler, Le, etc who probably would be .500 floaters in the UFC