Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC has officially announced the televised main card for the upcoming third edition of “Saturday Night” Fights, which will be broadcast on CBS and will take place at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida on October 4.
The show’s main event will feature EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson taking on the biggest test of his young career thus far in the form of UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock. EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields will defend his title against top British welterweight Paul Daley in the night’s co-main event.
Additional featured bouts include a women’s 140 lb. bout between the ever-popular Gina Carano and female veteran Kelly Kobold-Gavin and a middleweight affair between former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua and UFC and IFL veteran Benji Radach.
Another female bout between Brazilian standout Cris Cyborg and Yoko Takahashi will serve as the show’s swing bout, meaning that it could be featured on the CBS broadcast time-permitting. Also announced for the non-televised undercard was Edson Berto vs. Mike Aina and the participation of UFC veterans Crafton Wallace and Seth Petruzelli.
Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…
Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV
Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.
Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.
Yves Edwards will return to action when he takes on fellow lightweight Edson Berto at Elite Xtreme Combat’s next event on February 16th at the United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida according to a report from MMA Weekly.
The fight is part of a card that also features a middleweight matchup between Scott Smith and Kyle Noke and the long-awaited showdown between internet legend Kimbo Slice and UFC veteran Tank Abbott.
Edwards was originally slated to face Kyle Bradley in the main event of the upcoming ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event later this month but the fight ended up being scrapped and Edwards moved to the February card. No reason yet as to why the fight was canceled or if Bradley will be competing in the February event.
Since joining forces with American Top Team, Edwards has won two straight fights, submitting both Nick Gonzalez and Alonzo Martinez with a rear naked choke at EliteXC and HDNet Fights events respectively.
Update 1/10 11:30 AM: It seems that Bradley may he headed to the UFC according to Sam Caplan…
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. – In a scintillating finish to a thrilling, crowd-pleasing and exciting debut of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, KJ Noons bounced back to register an impressive third-round knockout over Edson Berto Friday on SHOWTIME.
In the co-feature of a live two-hour telecast that featured five competitive, evenly-matched fights between determined, well-conditioned athletes, Jaime Jara blasted out Jeremiah Metcalf in the third round to capture his fourth Gladiator championship belt.
EliteXC presented the event from the Chumash Casino. It aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
I turned on ShoXC just in time to see Jaime Jara knocking out Jeremiah Metcalf in the first round. Outside of seeing a nice punch, Jara has a ton of tattoos. There’s some insight for you.
KJ Noons vs Edson Berto was about to start, so I thought I’d do a casual live blog.
Lee Gibson (154.5) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (155)
Jefferson “Tank” Silva (205) vs. Aaron Rosa (204)
Chris David (135) vs. Scott Jorgenson (135)
Jaime Jara (176) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (174.2)
Edson Berto (155) vs. KJ Noons (155)
Shayna Bazler (138) vs. Finney (140)
Josh Neal (185) vs. Eric Beondo (185)
Anthony Rubalcava (204) vs. Drew Montgomery (205)
John Reedy (153.5) vs. Brian Cobb (154.2)
Anthony Ruiz (202.7) vs. Jason Gerris (205)