In the latest video from RawVegas, fast-rising female star Gina Carano discusses her fight against Kelly Kobold-Gavin at EliteXC’s “Heat” event this Saturday night on CBS as well as the popularity and skill-set of Kimbo Slice.
Ken Shamrock. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Despite losing his last five fights and being unable to earn a victory in the last four years, Ken Shamrock believes that his upcoming fight against Kimbo Slice on October 4 is a chance to show a national television audience that he still has what it takes to be competitive in the world of mixed martial arts.
On a teleconference Thursday afternoon, Shamrock apologized for his recent losing streak, but promised that he plans to show the critics that he has learned from his defeats and has enough in the tank to knock off EliteXC’s fastest-rising star.
“I’m gonna apologize, right here and now, for my last couple performances in MMA,” Shamrock said. “I have my reasons but they are just excuses. I’ll tell you this though - on October 4, I will shut everybody up and make amends for those fights by putting Kimbo’s lights out.”
Former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock gives his predictions on the main card fights that will take place at EliteXC’s upcoming “Heat” event on October 4 at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida and is televised on CBS. Above Shamrock gives a quick breakdown of the card’s featured fights. After the jump, he explains how his brother Ken, can easily defeat Kimbo Slice.
Ken Shamrock. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
“Honestly, I think I can test him anywhere. He’s got big, heavy hands. Everyone says he punches hard and he probably does. But again, he doesn’t punch properly, in my opinion. He swings his hands, he moves his body back and forth trying to get as much power as he can, but there’s really no snap behind it. You can usually see the punches coming. I’m going to do what I need to do. If it goes to the ground, I’ll probably break his leg. I mean, no question. I will break his leg. If he gives it to me, I’m going to break it.”
- UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock gives his thoughts on the potential outcome of his anticipated bout against heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson on October 4 on CBS to Sherdog.com.
Shamrock is correct. If the fight does indeed go to the ground, he has a massive advantage. His submission skills are legendary and he could easily break Slice’s leg if he wanted to. However Shamrock’s last handful of bouts put his comments in question. Will Ken push his pride aside and not stand with Kimbo?
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.
Brett Rogers. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC heavyweight contender Brett Rogers, and his camp, Team Bison, have released an official statement concerning EliteXC’s decision to match up Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson against UFC Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock on the organization’s October 4 show on CBS.
Rogers was expected to be Slice’s opponent at the event after their altercation following Slice’s controversial win over James Thompson on May 31. At the post-fight press conference, Rogers slammed Slice’s performance, calling it “garbage”. Slice took exception and a near brawl would have occurred if it weren’t for cooler heads prevailing.
In the days and weeks leading up to Monday’s decision, Rogers was still said to be one of EliteXC’s choices to face Slice, along with Shamrock and former UFC and PRIDE standout Don Frye. In the end, EliteXC decided to go with Shamrock, relegating Rogers to a planned November 8th event on Showtime. The official statement from Rogers and his camp can be read at Five Ounces of Pain.
Loretta Hunt of Sherdog is reporting that UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and famed street brawler Kimbo Slice have agreed to a contract to throwdown at the next EliteXC show on CBS, October 4, 2008 at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.. This show will be the third of four contracted shows for EliteXC on CBS, but given the ratings from the second show in July, it is believed that EliteXC is really needing to put up big numbers to continue the contract.
Despite Kimbo getting called out after his last fight by undefeated heavyweight Brett Rogers, EliteXC has decided to go the safer route with the matchup against MMA legend Ken Shamrock. The 45 year old Shamrock will enter the fight riding a five fight losing streak. But his name recognition and selling power can not be underestimated.
A relative newcomer to organized Mixed Martial Arts, Kimbo, aka Kevin Ferguson, will take a 3-0 record into the fight against the Lion’s Den founder. Kimbo’s last fight against James Thompson at the first EliteXC on CBS show ended up shrouded in controversy and resulting in a 3rd round TKO for Kimbo. Many felt that the fight should have been stopped in the third round with Thompson dominating Slice on the ground. Then, many felt the fight was stopped prematurely when Kimbo rocked Thompson to start the third round.
An official announcement from EliteXC is expected later today.
Update ( 3:45pm EST) - Jared Shaw of EliteXC has confirmed to 5 Oz of Pain that Ken Shamrock will indeed be the opponent for Kimbo Slice on October 4.
Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC officials are reportedly still in talks to decide who heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson should fight in the main attraction of the organization’s latest edition of “Saturday Night Fights” on CBS, which will take place at the at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on October 4th.
The news comes from MMANews.com, who were informed by an EliteXC spokesperson that the promotion is preparing to announce Slice’s next opponent at some point over the next week or so. As of right now, there are apparently three different opponents on the table for Slice and at least two of them are well-known to mainstream fans.
Current rumors have the trio as being Ken Shamrock, Don Frye, or Brett Rogers. While Rogers was originally thought to be set in stone as Slice’s opponent following their post-fight press conference confrontation in May, it seems that EliteXC officials are looking to match Slice with another fighter that holds star power.
Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
The negative fallout from EliteXC’s second show on CBS is continuing. Yesterday the UFC and Spike TV blasted the organization for drawing lesser numbers on their network television broadcast than a replay of UFC 84: Ill Will in certain demographics last Saturday night. Gary Shaw and Doug DeLuca’s resignation from ProElite were also announced on Tuesday as well.
One of the things EliteXC heads DeLuca and Jeremy Lappen continually harped on in the weeks leading up to the event was the tremendous ticket sales they were enjoying. DeLuca stated that five days out from the event, they had already sold half of the available tickets and were expecting a sellout.
“We’re definitely well over half sold already,” DeLuca said during a pre-event conference call on July 22. “That was as of the weekend. I know we picked up a full head of steam on Monday. I’m really not too sure where ticket sales are at exactly, but we are fully expecting it to be a complete sell out.”
It turns out that DeLuca fibbed a bit.
Gary Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.
Things haven’t been going that well lately for EliteXC. After a predicted ratings bomb for their latest show on CBS this past weekend became a reality, the UFC and Spike TV, which ran a replay of UFC 84: Ill Will on Saturday night to counter-program the event, have decided to rub their success in a key demographic in EliteXC’s face through a press release sent out to the media earlier today.
As you can see, they didn’t hesitate to essentially pants EliteXC in front of everyone at the mall: (Yeah, that happened to me before, so what?)
Need proof the UFC is the preeminent mixed martial arts brand in the world? On Saturday, July 26, more men 18-34 watched a repeat…a repeat…of a UFC event on Spike TV than a LIVE telecast of a Pro EliteXC championship card on CBS. Despite being available in over 17 million
less (you can pay me for my editing skills later Dana) homes, Spike TV drew 27% more Men 18-34 for a re-broadcast of “UFC 84: Penn vs. Sherk” from (9:00-12:00am ET/PT) than CBS’s live show (9:00-11:00pm). Spike TV’s telecast tallied 433,000 Men 18-34 to CBS’s 341,000.
Oh snap! Talk about a press release with an attitude. Guess what? It gets even better: