EliteXC: Renegade Live Blog

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

Main 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

Preliminary Bouts:

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

We are live bitches!

The first preliminary bout of the night is going to feature yesterday’s birthday boy, Jae Suk Lim against Daniel Pineda.

Jae Suk Lim vs. Daniel Pineda

Round 1: Pineda shoots in for a takedown right from the start but Lim stuffs it. Lim sweeps Pineda and ends up on top of him. Lim achieves full mount but Pineda does a good job of controlling Lim’s wrists and minimizing damage. Lim throws a couple of shots that force Pineda to roll to his back. Lim quickly gets both hooks in and locks in a rear naked choke that forces Pineda to tap out.

Winner: Jae Suk Lim - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

The second prelim of the evening has Brett Rogers taking on Ralph Kelly

Brett Rogers vs. Ralph Kelly

Round 1: They decide to keep the fight standing during the beginning of the bout. Kelly does a nice job of creating distance and connecting with crisp strikes and leg kicks. Kelly lands a right and then shoots in for a takedown but Rogers stuffs it. Rogers muscles Kelly down to the mat and secures top position. Rogers then starts unleashing a vicious ground and pound attack. Rogers lands a number of unanswered blows until Kelly eventually taps out after taking enough punishment.

Winner: Brett Rogers - Submission (Strikes)

The third non-televised fight of the night features Jon Kirk and Matt Lucas

Jon Kirk vs. Matt Lucas

Round 1: Kirk is pretty aggressive from the start, throwing an array of strikes. Lucas does a nice job of deflecting a high kick from Kirk at one point. They clinch and Lucas picks Kirk up before slamming him to the mat. Lucas scores with some punches and elbows on the ground. Lucas cuts Kirk open with a hard elbow. Kirk attempts an armbar but Lucas is able to slip out of it. Kirk sweeps Lucas and takes his back. Kirk pounds away with punches just before Lucas pulls guard. The round ends with Kirk raining down punches on Lucas.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Lucas.

Round 2: They exchange on the feet before clinching again. Just like in the first round Lucas picks up Kirk and slams him down. Lucas attempts a guillotine but Kirk is able to easily get out of it. Lucas gets on top of Kirk and lands some punches. Kirk pushes Lucas off of him with his feet and then lands an up kick flush on Lucas’ jaw. Lucas jumps on top of Kirk and continues to work some ground and pound. Lucas controls Kirk on the ground until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Lucas.

Round 3: After a few moments on the feet, Lucas takes Kirk down to the canvas once again. Kirk does a good job of controlling Lucas with a tight guard but Lucas still manages to sneak in some shots. Kirk hugs Lucas for a good while and the referee decides to stand them up. Kirk tries to throw some strikes but Lucas ducks under them and takes him down. Lucas controls Kirk on the ground, only throwing the occasional punch until the end of the round. The crowd isn’t happy.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Lucas and the fight 30-27 for Lucas. The judges agree.

Winner: Matt Lucas - Unanimous Decision

Woot! It’s time for Yves Edwards to make his debut in EliteXC against last minute replacement Nick Gonzalez.

Yves Edwards vs. Nick Gonzalez

Round 1: They start the round out measuring each other up on the feet. Edwards flicks away with his jab. Edwards tries a high kick that misses. Gonzalez takes advantage and lands a couple of punches while Edwards is off-balance. Edwards then quickly takes Gonzalez down. Edwards works his way to mount and starts pounding away. Gonzalez gives up his back and Edwards sinks in a rear naked choke that forces Gonzalez to tap out.

Winner: Yves Edwards - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

The final preliminary bout of the night will have Geoff Bumstead facing off against Robert Ruiz

Geoff Bumstead vs. Robert Ruiz

Round 1: Bumstead scores and early and often on the feet until Ruiz decides to rush him into the fence and take him down. Bumstead tries to lock in a guillotine while they are falling but is unable to secure it. Ruiz gets side control and starts landing some nice elbows. Ruiz continues to land unanswered shots from side control until Bumstead rolls to his back. Ruiz quickly climbs on top of him and locks in a rear naked choke that forces Bumstead to tap only seconds later.

Winner: Robert Ruiz - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

The television broadcast is just minutes away…

Here we go…

The announce team for this one will be “The Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros and Mauro Ranallo. Quite the team.

Bill Goldberg interview Kimbo Slice back stage. Kimbo sounds pretty confident about tonight.

It’s time for the first televised bout of the night. A super heavyweight battle between Antonio Silva and Jonathan Wiezorek.

The referee for this one will be Kerry Hatley.

Antonio Silva vs. Jonathan Wiezorek

Round 1: Wiezorek rushes Silva and tries to clinch right off the bat but Silva shrugs him off and throws some shots that miss. Silva connects with a leg kick and a knee. Wiezorek goes down and Silva pounds on Wiezorek. Silva takes side control and lands some shots. Silva takes Wiezorek’s back but Wiezorek quickly flips over. Silva pounds away with unanswered shots. Silva takes Wiezorek’s back and locks in a rear naked choke. Wiezorek taps out.

Winner: Antonio Silva - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Pretty impressive performance by Silva. I was almost tempted to pick Wiezorek as he usually is able to control opponents bigger than him on the ground but that certainly wasn’t the case here.

The next bout of the night is Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke. I’m expecting this to be a war on the feet. I like Noke with the upset in this one. We’ll see what happens.

The referee for this bout is Steve Armstrong.

Seth Kleinbeck vs. Kyle Noke

Round 1: They paw away with the jab to start things off. Both are landing some punches and leg kicks. Noke attempts a leg kick but Kleinbeck catches it and takes him down. Kleinbeck staying busy and throwing punches and elbows. Noke attempts an armbar but Kleinbeck slips out of it. Noke locks in another armbar but Kleinbeck works his way out of it. Kleinbeck stands up and lets Noke get up as well. They exchange on the feet until the end of the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Kleinbeck

Round 2: Noke fakes with a punch and takes Kleinbeck down. Kleinbeck tries to fend off the takedown by trying to stand up but Noke eventually gets it. Noke then takes Kleinbeck’s back and tries to sink in a rear naked choke. Noke can’t get it and Kleinbeck eventually sweeps Noke and ends up on top. Kleinbeck doesn’t stay busy enough and Armstrong stands them up. They exchange on the feet until Noke takes Kleinbeck down. Noke pounds away on the body and head of Kleinbeck. Kleinbeck is cut above his left eye. The referee stops the bout to check the cut. It’s pretty deep and the ringside doctor is forced to stop the fight.

Winner: Kyle Noke - TKO (Cut)

Unfortunate for Kleinbeck but the cut was pretty bad.

Time for the third bout on the main card of the evening. Top 10 welterweight Jake Shields going up against Xtreme Couture member Mike Pyle. A good test for both guys.

The referee for the bout is Kerry Hatley.

Jake Shields vs. Mike Pyle

Round 1: Shields goes in for a takedown right off the bat but Pyle stuffs it. Pyle lands a knee that rocks Shields. Pyle goes for a guillotine but is taken down against the fence. They stand up and clinch before separating. Shields takes Pyle down again but they quickly stand up. Shields successfully takes Pyle down this time. Shields not very active on the ground. Pyle switches to rubber guard for a moment but lets go. Shields throws some shots. Pyle rolls to his back and Shields takes it. Shields lock in a rear naked choke and Pyle is forced to tap out.

Winner: Jake Shields - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Another impressive performance by Shields. It was a smart move by him to sign an extension with EliteXC but I would have loved to see him go to the UFC.

This broadcast is really moving along. I wonder if EliteXC is going to show any prelim fights at all on the broadcast.

Coming up next Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson taking on replacement opponent Bo Cantrell. I can’t wait for this one.

It seems to me that a lot of people aren’t aware that Slice has been training MMA for years now. He’s been down training at American Top Team in Florida since at least 2002 until recently when he started working with Bas Rutten from what I remember.

Cantrell’s necklace tattoo is pretty sweet.

Huge ovation during Slice’s entrance. The crowd is going crazy

Interesting to note that Rutten is applying Kimbo’s vaseline on his eyes and face.

The referee for this bout is Steve Armstrong.

Kimbo Slice vs. Bo Cantrell

Round 1: Cantrell tries a spinning back fist right away but misses. Slice backs Cantrell up against the cage and lands a right that drops Cantrell right away. Slice bends down and hits Cantrell with another one before Armstrong steps in and stops the bout.

Winner: Kimbo Slice - TKO (Strikes)

God damn! Only 19 seconds.

The replay shows that he got him right behind the ear and that Cantrell was tapping when the referee was running in. Impressive debut.

I’m not trying to be a dick but I think we might see some people ask if the Kimbo fight was a work…

Nearly time for the main event - Nick Diaz vs K.J. Noons for the EliteXC Lightweight Championship

This is going to be a very interesting fight. Both are very skilled on the feet. Noons isn’t a Robbie Lawler though, he’s a lot more technical. Diaz has the edge on the ground obviously. I’m not going to be surprised if Diaz wants to keep it on the feet and try to show up Noons and I’m definitely not going to count Diaz out if it does. I will never bet against Diaz and you can count on that.

Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons

Round 1: Diaz stalks Noons on the feet until they clinch. Noons throws Diaz to the ground and misses with a left. Diaz stands back up. Noons lands a left. Diaz shoots in but Noons stuffs it. Noons connect with a third body shot. Diaz landing short, pecking shots. Noons lands a hard right. Diaz shoots in for a takedown and Noons throws a knee. Diaz takes him down and gets on top. They scramble and Noons stands back up. The referee stops the bout to check a cut on Diaz. The doctor lets him continue and the bout is restarted. Noons lands a right that drops Diaz. Noons pounces on Diaz and starts pounding on him before standing up. He lets Diaz stand up. Diaz’s face is covered in blood. Noons is tagging Diaz. Diaz still landing short shots but Noons is also landing hard bombs. Noons knocks Diaz’s mouthpiece out. Diaz shoots in and Noons stuffs another takedown. Diaz picks Noons up and slams him down but the bell sounds to end the round.

MMA on Tap scores the round 10-9 for Noons.

During the break, the doctor checks Diaz’s cut and opts to stop the fight. Diaz puts his hands up in the air in shock. Diaz walks right out of the cage and flips everyone off while walking backstage. He also smacks the camera in the back. Noons is crying tears of joy in the cage.

Winner: K.J. Noons - TKO (Cut)

Noons is the new EliteXC Lightweight Champion.

The ringside doctor says that the bout was stopped because he believed that Diaz could not see well enough in order to protect himself. Unfortunate. Hopefully there will be a rematch in the near future.

Well that’s it for the live blog tonight. Thanks to everyone who decided to follow along.

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