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?