It seems that the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be going ahead with their rumored July 19th event in Las Vegas after all, a move that will put the world’s top organization in the spotlight on the same night that Affliction Clothing’s puts on their event in California.
The news comes from Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports, who has confirmed with Dana White that the event will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and would be televised live on Spike TV.
Even more interesting is the show’s main event, which will feature reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to battle fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin in a sure-fire slugfest on the feet.
According to Meltzer, the fight against Irvin will serve as a “test-run” for Silva to see how he would fare in a higher weight class. The current plan involves Silva defending his middleweight belt later this year, most likely against top contender Yushin Okami, but could eventually lead to a showdown against Chuck Liddell in the near future.
A lightweight bout between Hermes Franca and Frankie Edgar has also been moved from the promotion’s August “Seek and Destroy” event to this one, which will now be deemed “UFC Fight Night 14” according to our friends at MMA Junkie, who are also reporting that Jake O’Brien, who has re-signed with the company, will take on Cain Velasquez and a welterweight bout between Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns, which we broke news of yesterday, has also been moved to this card as well.
Brandon Vera, who was tentatively slated to take on former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva until Silva turned down the fight, will now take on IFL veteran Reese Andy in his debut at light heavyweight according to Sherdog.com. All five of the aforementioned bouts will likely make up the televised portion of the card.
Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
With EliteXC’s next network television event on CBS being officially announced for July 26th, additional details have surfaced regarding a potential venue for the show, some of the participants on the card, and the potential of featuring three title fights on the broadcast as well.
In his latest column for Yahoo! Sports, Dave Meltzer is reporting that EliteXC officials will work with executives from both Showtime and CBS on a dual-network show that would have Showtime air a 60-90 minute lead-in show that would feature a couple of preliminary fights before the main card goes live on CBS later that night, marking the first time in the history of this sport where two networks have combined to air a single event.
The promotion has already revealed the main event of the show as EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler will go head-to-head with Scott Smith in an anticipated rematch of their exciting bout that took place just two weeks ago during Memorial Day weekend. The first bout between the two ended in a no-contest after Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third round of their bout.
The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems, despite protests from Smith himself to let the fight continue. However after the fight, Smith admitted that he would have likely been knocked out by Lawler because he couldn’t fully see out of his eye. Distraught as well after the fight was Lawler, who may now find solace in the fact that EliteXC officials have been working to bring the event to his hometown of St. Louis. Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall seems to be the second option.
Late yesterday, EliteXC announced that Antonio Silva has a new opponent for the co-main event at the Feb 16th card featuring Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott. The new opponent will be none other than former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco Rodriquez. This is the third opponent slated to face Antonio Silva. The first announced foe, Shane Carwin, turned down a deal in order to sign with the UFC. Then late last week, EliteXC’s president Gary Shaw announced that Cage Rage’s Gary Turner would fill the slot. Now, a few days after Shaw challenged the UFC and stated that Silva could beat any of the UFC heavyweights, EliteXC puts the former UFC champ in the cage with Junior. Coincidence?
The story gets more interesting in that it turns out that EliteXC apparently did not treat Turner fairly in his mind. EliteXC stated in an article on MMAWeekly that they ended up with contract problems and thus had to drop Turner from the card. Turner, in an open letter to Gary Shaw/EliteXC on the Mat-Magazine website, disputes those facts and rips into the business practices of EliteXC.
Antonio Silva has his hand raised after his win over Jonathan Wiezorek at EliteXC: Renegade. Photo courtesy of EliteXC.
Highly touted heavyweight prospect Antonio Silva will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez when Elite Xtreme Combat travels to the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida for “Street Certified”.
The promotion made the announcement through the official website of their parent company, ProElite.
The card features a main event between internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice and former UFC brawler Tank Abbott.
Silva has not lost yet under the EliteXC banner, defeating both Wesley “Cabbage” Correira and Jonathan Wiezorek in consecutive bouts.
Rodriguez is currently featured on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” every Thursday. The former champion has won six out of his last seven bouts. He dropped a unanimous decision to Ben Rothwell at the 2007 IFL Championship in September. Silva will be a definite step-up in competition for Rodriguez compared to the opponents he has been facing recently.
On a night when Kimbo Slice made his eagerly awaited professional Mixed Martial Arts debut, KJ Noons stole the show with a shocking first-round TKO over heavily-favored Nick Diaz to capture the EliteXC lightweight world championship Saturday on Showtime
The event, which took place at The American Bank Center Arena, was presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In other televised bouts, world-ranked Jake Shields, who signed a long term deal with EliteXC late Friday, earned his ninth win a row with a hard-fought first round submission (rear naked choke) over Mike Pyle, come backing super heavyweight sensation Antonio “Big Foot” Silva won his first fight in nine months via an opening-round submission (rear naked choke) over Jonathan Wiezorek and Kyle Noke, the bodyguard of the late “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin, took his EliteXC debut with a second-round TKO over “Dr.’’ Seth Kleinbeck due to orbital cut.
With the exception of Diaz-Noons, which was scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds, the fights were three, 5-minute rounds.
“This was a terrific show for EliteXC, Showtime, and the fans in attendance,’’ Shaw said. “It is unfortunate that the Noons-Diaz fight had to be stopped, but fans need to understand that doctors stop fights for the health and safety of the fighters.
“KJ was simply outstanding. He is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. He beat the guy who was considered the best lightweight, so he is No. 1. Kimbo showed that he is going to be a superstar. I believe we’ve got the best heavyweight in the world in Silva and the best welterweight in the world in Shields. They are going to be world champions. Noke was impressive against a tough fighter.
“All and all, it was a great night.’’
Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly - Submission (Strikes)
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk - Unanimous Decision
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Antonio Silva def. Jon Wiezorek - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck - TKO (Cut)
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kevin Ferguson def. Bo Cantrell - TKO (Strikes)
Karl James Noons def. Nick Diaz - TKO (Cut)
Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering EliteXC: Renegade with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, videos, and much more:
EliteXC: Renegade Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections - EliteXC: Renegade
Shields Not Taking Pyle Lightly
Noons Ready to Prove Doubters Wrong
Kimbo Discusses His Start in MMA
EliteXC: Renegade Press Conference Quotes
Cantrell to Replace Injured Bourke
Report: Edwards-Baca; Silva-Wiezorek Added to EliteXC: Renegade
Report: Diaz Meets Noons in EliteXC Title Bout
Report: Shields-Pyle to Clash
Report: Shields Part of EliteXC November Card
Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons
Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell
Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle
Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke
Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek
Yves Edwards vs. Nick Gonzalez
Geoff Bumstead vs. Robert Ruiz
Jon Kirk vs. Matt Lucas
Brett Rogers s.Ralph Kelly
Jae Suk Lim vs. Daniel Pineda
Nick Diaz (160 lbs) vs. KJ Noons (160 lbs)
Kimbo Slice (238 lbs) vs. Bo Cantrell (235 lbs)
Jake Shields (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Seth Kleinbeck (185 lbs) vs. Kyle Noke (186 lbs)
Antonio Silva (265 lbs) vs. Jonathan Wiezorek (271 lbs)
Geoff Bumstead (205 lbs) vs. Robert Ruiz (227 lbs)
Yves Edwards (161 lbs) vs. Nick Gonzalez (161 lbs)
Jon Kirk (186 lbs) vs. Matt Lucas (186 lbs)
Brett Rogers (264 lbs) vs.Ralph Kelly (243 lbs)
Jae Suk Lim (171 lbs) vs. Daniel Pineda (162 lbs)
Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting that two additional bouts have been added to EliteXC: Renegade on November 10th at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Sources close to the American Top Team have confirmed that Yves Edwards will compete for the first time under his new team’s banner against Moses Baca.
Edwards is currently riding a three-fight losing streak. His last loss was a devastating knockout at the hands of Jorge Masvidal at BodogFight: Alvarez vs Lee in July. Baca’s four professional MMA fights have all taken place within the last two years. He owns over Mike Bruno and David Macmillan over that span of time.
Heavyweights Antonio Silva and Jonathan Wiezorek will also apparently collide on the card as well.
Silva hasn’t competed since earlier this year in February when he stopped Wesley “Cabbage” Correira with strikes in his EliteXC debut. Wiezorek was victorious at K-1 Hero’s Dynamite!! USA in June where he defeated Tim Persey.
Vancouver, Canada – What happens when you pair one of the most exciting sports in the world with an international entertainment and TV powerhouse? You get nine weeks of televised sporting prowess, scenic Costa Rican beaches, beautiful Bodog girls and one of the most anticipated pay-per-view events of the year: BodogFight: USA vs. Russia.
Saturday’s BodogFight event - the culmination of nine weeks of mixed martial arts combined with lifestyle and entertainment, all captured on film as part of the BodogFight reality television series - was broadcast live on pay-per-view and on broadband to millions of viewers from around the world. The final event, which pitted USA’s toughest and brightest fighters against the elite Russian Red Devils, took place in the fully-packed Agrodome in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.