Kimbo Slice and James Thompson exchange punches. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
Despite original reports that EliteXC wouldn’t be putting on another network television event until at least the fall, CBS officials have reportedly expressed a large amount of interest in capitalizing on the success the show garnered last month by airing another event as soon as next month.
EliteXC President Gary Shaw informed Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports on Monday that CBS would like to hold the next show in late July and that the exact date is expected to be finalized this week after meetings with CBS officials.
However Shaw feels that the date may be a tad too early and three of the stars of the May 31st show - Kimbo Slice and Scott Smith and Robbie Lawler, whom Shaw is intending on pairing together for a rematch, would likely not be ready in time to compete at the show.
Putting on a show in July could force a real problem for EliteXC in terms of talent available for the event. Many of the fighters that fought in May will be serving medical suspensions for the next month or so. EliteXC putting on another show this weekend also prevents them from using K.J. Noons, Yves Edwards, Murlio Rua, or Nick Diaz on the card.
Sam Caplan of Five Ounces of Pain has come up with some suitable replacements - Jake Shields and Antonio Silva as headliners. Problem is that Shields is slated to fight Drew Fickett in the promotion’s first-ever welterweight title fight yet Fickett is currently slated to fight Ryan Ford on July 25th.
The bottom line is that an EliteXC show on CBS in June could lack real star power and may have a major negative effect on ratings. Hopefully CBS officials take note of a potential failure and don’t settle to have an event anyway just so America can see some fights.
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