Justin Eilers

Justin Eilers’ Final Moments


Justin Eilers. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The mother of former UFC heavyweight title challenger Justin Eilers was on hand today in a Nampa, Idaho courtroom to testify at a preliminary hearing for her husband, James Malec, who is being charged with the second-degree murder of Eilers.

According to a report from The Idaho Statesman, Gwen Moore, frequently wiping away tears, confessed to witnessing her son being shot by Malec after a domestic argument during a family gathering on Christmas Day:

She said her 30-year-old son was yelling and angry during a family gathering on Christmas night and had swept dishes and other items off her Nampa home‚s breakfast bar, breaking them. She said she had pushed her son away from the kitchen and thought he was going to go outside, so she turned to go back to washing dishes with her husband.

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UFC Veteran Justin Eilers Murdered


Justin Eilers. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Justin Eilers was reportedly shot and killed after a domestic disturbance during a holiday celebration with family and friends in Nampa, Idaho on Thursday night. Eilers was 30 years old.

According to a Sherdog.com report quoting Eilers’ longtime manager, Monte Cox, Canyon County, Idaho law enforcement officials were called to a home where they found the Miletich Fighting Systems product wounded and unresponsive. Attempts to revive Eilers were unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Eilers apparently refused to leave the residence after being involved in an altercation with an ex-girlfriend. After reportedly throwing various objects at the home’s owner, he brandished a gun and shot one time in the chest. The Associated Press is reporting that James Robert Malec has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder. Malec is believed to be the boyfriend of Eilers’ mother.

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Lawler Stops Smith to Retain EliteXC Belt


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Robbie Lawler prevented history from repeating itself Saturday night as he wore down Scott Smith before finally finishing him with a barrage of knees in the second round of their EliteXC middleweight title fight at the Stockton Arena in California.

The two exchanged blows for the second time in two months, this instance serving as the main event of EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event, which became the promotion’s second such show to be broadcast on primetime network television via CBS. Their original meeting saw both men battle back and forth for fifteen minutes before Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third round. The ringside doctor ultimately ruled that Smith was unable to continue due to vision problems and the fight was ruled a no-contest.

Early on, it looked as if Lawler would once again earn a decisive opening round in his favor, stunning Smith with a trio of jabs. Smith bounced back however, continuing to push the pace and catching Lawler with a right hand late in the round, following up with a flurry that swung momentum in his favor. Smith then opened up a cut just inches away from the previous one Lawler suffered in their first bout. The blood forced Lawler to turn it up a notch, leading to a flurry of knees in the clinch that knocked Smith down twice.

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EliteXC: Unfinished Business Weigh-In Results


Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s EliteXC: Unfinished Business event, which will take place at the Stockton Arena in California, are below. All fighters successfully made weight. The fight card will be joint-broadcasted by CBS and Showtime - A one-hour special will air on Showtime starting at 8:00 PM ET and will continue on CBS at 9:00 PM ET. Additional weigh-in photos are after the jump.

Heavy hitters Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith will battle it out once again for Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title, this time in the show’s featured attraction. Additional main card bouts include the second of three championship bouts as Jake Shields and BodogFight transfer Nick Thompson will fight for the vacant EliteXC welterweight strap as well as hometown favorite Nick Diaz attempting to extend a two-fight winning streak against journeyman Thomas Denny.

CBS Bouts:

Robbie Lawler (184.5 lbs) vs. Scott Smith (185 lbs)
Jake Shields (169.5 lbs) vs. Nick Thompson (169.5 lbs)
Nick Diaz (159.5 lbs) vs. Thomas Denny (159 lbs)
Shayna Baszler (139 lbs) vs. Cris Cyborg (140 lbs)

Showtime Bouts:

Antonio Silva (257.5 lbs) vs. Justin Eilers (218 lbs)
Rafael Fejiao (203.5 lbs) vs. Travis Galbraith (202 lbs)
Wilson Reis (139.5 lbs) vs. Bryan Caraway (140.5 lbs)

Preliminary Fights:

Jeremy Freitag (205 lbs) vs. Anthony Ruiz (206 lbs)
Mike Cook (232.5 lbs) vs. Carl Seumantafa (255.5 lbs)
Brandon Tarn (252 lbs) vs. Drew Montgomery (224 lbs)
David Douglas (157 lbs) vs. Marlon Mathias (161 lbs)

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EliteXC Back on CBS to Finish Business


Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Mixed martial arts will once again be featured on prime-time network television this Saturday night as EliteXC puts on their second show for the channel, entitled “Unfinished Business”. The show will emanate from the Stockton Arena in California and will be joint-broadcasted by CBS and Showtime.

The premise of the event’s name stems from a disappointing ending to the first bout between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith on May 31st. After battling for two and a half rounds, Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third stanza. 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.

Now the two will battle it out again for Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title, this time in the show’s featured attraction. Additional main card bouts include the second of three championship bouts as Jake Shields and BodogFight transfer Nick Thompson will fight for the EliteXC welterweight strap as well as hometown favorite Nick Diaz attempting to extend a two-fight winning streak against journeyman Thomas Denny.

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Full TV Card for EliteXC on CBS and Showtime, July 26

The female bout between Shayna Baszler of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Brazil’s Cristiane Cyborg has been added to the lineup for the second primetime broadcast of CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, live from the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday, July 26 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Baszler and Cyborg, who are fighting in the 140 pound weight class, complete the primetime matchups for the CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights on July 26.  Other CBS fights include:

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Report: Antonio Silva to Fight Justin Eilers


Antonio Silva.  Photo courtesy of EliteXC.

Our friend Sam Caplan over at FiveOuncesOfPain.com is reporting that EliteXC is expected to announce a fight between Antonio “Junior” Silva and Justin Eilers for their upcoming show on CBS on July 26.  Sam’s source is EliteXC Vice President, Jared Shaw.  It was later confirmed by Monte Cox, Eilers’ manager.

A verbal agreement for Antonio Silva to fight former UFC heavyweight title challenger Justin Eilers during EliteXC’s second-ever CBS telecast on July 26 has been secured.

EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw revealed the news when contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com earlier this afternoon.

Five Ounces of Pain later contacted Eilers’ manager, Monte Cox, who indicated that it is their intention to FAX a signed contract to EliteXC officials later today.

It is still uncertain whether the Silva vs. Eilers fight will be for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title, but Shaw indicated a belt will more than likely be at stake when the two square off.

Silva is one of the brightest heavyweight prospects in MMA.  He has recorded wins over Tengis Tedoradze, Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, Tom Erikson, and Wesley “Cabbage” Correia.  His most recent victory, a split decision over former UFC champion Ricco Rodriquez was disappointing in many respects, so I’d fully expect Silva to come out very strong.

Justin Eilers is a banger pure and simple.  His gameplan is to hit and be hit until someone falls.  While this has made him quite successful against the majority of competition (he is currently riding a 3 fight win streak, 10 out of 11), Justin has generally fallen short when facing high level competition.  His style has produced highlight reel KO losses against Andre Arlovski, Brandon Vera, and Paul Buentello while in the UFC.

Unfortunately, compared to the many names that have been floated around as possible opponents for Silva, this one is a bit disappointing when one considers it will likely be a title fight.  Rather than match Silva up against another EliteXC prospect like Brett Rogers, IFL Champion Roy Nelson, or Pride veteran Sergei Kharitonov, they chose to sign Eilers for a title shot.  Mr. Shaw says guys either refused the fight or priced themselves out of the market.  IMO, none of the rumored opponents would have refused the fight.  Thus pay was the only concern.  If as Shaw’s father has stated many times, that the fighter’s are first and foremost in EliteXC, that’s pretty weak that they refused to pay for a legitimate title contender.

Imes Replaces Eilers at PFC 5

The Palace Fighting Championship will hit the road to North Dakota on Saturday, Nov. 10 for PFC 5 “Beatdown at 4 Bears.”

It will be the first PFC show held away from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA where four straight sold out shows have pushed the PFC into one of the fastest growing mixed martial arts promotions in the country.

“We are excited about this show. With PFC 5 we are able to bring some of our West Coast talent to the Midwest and we are also able to get a look at some of the up-and-coming talents from North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Ohio,” Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino Entertainment Director Christian Printup said.

“We will always have Lemoore as our home base and we have six events planned for 2008 in Lemoore, however with our impending television deal we will travel the show to markets where we will be televised. All in all it’s a very exciting time for the PFC,” Printup added. “We will continue to move the show around we are close to signing with a talent agency that will work to book us into other casinos and venues around the country.” And first on the list of stops is New Town, North Dakota’s 4 Bears Casino.

In the main event, Brad Imes squares off with Chris Blair (6-0) of Kearney, NE.

“We initially had Justin Eilers scheduled to fight Chris Blair, who is a tough up-and-coming heavyweight from Nebraska, with a good wrestling pedigree. Unfortunately, Justin hurt his ankle during training and we had to look for a replacement,” Printup said.

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HDNet Fights Weigh-In Results

Jeff Ford (225 lbs) vs. Erik Paulson (212.5 lbs) *
Freddie Espiricueta (185.5 lbs) vs. Jason House (183 lbs)
Anthony Lapsley (170.75 lbs) vs. Drew Fickett (171.25 lbs)
Matt Thompson (241 lbs) vs. Justin Eilers (231 lbs)
TJ Waldburger (170.5 lbs) vs. Pete Spratt (168.75 lbs)
David Roberts (154.75 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (153 lbs)
CB Dollaway (186.25 lbs) vs. Hans Marrero (184 lbs)
Corey Salter (N/A) vs. Joel Traves (268 lbs)
David Morris (184 lbs) vs. Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Justin Howard (244 lbs) vs. Jay McCown (245.75 lbs)

* The main event featuring Jeff Ford and Erik Paulson which was originally scheduled to take place at 205 lbs has now been switched to a heavyweight affair after it was announced that Jeff Ford was unable to make weight.

“I’ve been busting my ass to drop (to the required weight), running, hitting the sauna two times a day, training, dieting, not eating,” said an obviously irritated Paulson. “I dropped down to 205 (Thursday) night and then I got news after I got out of the sauna that (Ford) was about 230 and that he was not going to be able (to make weight).”

 

HDNet Fights Conference Call Notes

HDNet Fights hosted a conference call earlier this afternoon to promote their new venture into the world of mixed martial arts as well as their inaugural event which will take place on October 13th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. HDNet Fights officials eatured on the call were HDNet owner Mark Cuban and UFC and PRIDE veteran Guy Mezger. The fighters participating were Erik Paulson, Jeff Ford, Justin Eilers, Jason House, and Freddie Espiricueta.

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