Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
With EliteXC’s next network television event on CBS being officially announced for July 26th, additional details have surfaced regarding a potential venue for the show, some of the participants on the card, and the potential of featuring three title fights on the broadcast as well.
In his latest column for Yahoo! Sports, Dave Meltzer is reporting that EliteXC officials will work with executives from both Showtime and CBS on a dual-network show that would have Showtime air a 60-90 minute lead-in show that would feature a couple of preliminary fights before the main card goes live on CBS later that night, marking the first time in the history of this sport where two networks have combined to air a single event.
The promotion has already revealed the main event of the show as EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler will go head-to-head with Scott Smith in an anticipated rematch of their exciting bout that took place just two weeks ago during Memorial Day weekend. The first bout between the two ended in a no-contest after Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye in the third round of their bout.
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. Distraught as well after the fight was Lawler, who may now find solace in the fact that EliteXC officials have been working to bring the event to his hometown of St. Louis. Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall seems to be the second option.
In addition, the camps of Jake Shields and Antonio Silva, who both have not fought since earlier this year and may have to deal with ring rust, have confirmed that they will be fighting on the card. Potential opponents for Shields include idle welterweights Nick Thompson and Jay Hieron while Silva could be matched up with Roy Nelson according to Josh Gross in his latest piece for Sports Illustrated.
Along with Lawler-Smith, the bouts involving Shields and Silva could possibly feature the crowning of the company’s inaugural welterweight and heavyweight champions respectively.
EliteXC figurehead Gary Shaw has also mentioned Shayna Baszler vs. Kelly Kobold and Wilson Reis vs. Bao Quach as other possible matchups to appear on the CBS broadcast. One fight that will not happen next month is a rematch between K.J. Noons and Nick Diaz, which along with another bad blood-filled bout featuring Kimbo Slice and Brett Rogers, will likely be part of a planned event in the fall.
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