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Arlovski-Nelson to Be Added to Elite XC on CBS: Now Who’s Got the ‘Heat’?

(Network TV exposure makes Andrei feel like singing.)

Don’t look now, but Elite XC’s next offering on CBS is threatening to turn into a legitimately big time MMA event. Andrei Arlovski and Roy “Big Country” Nelson have reportedly been offered a bout against one another at Elite XC: Heat next Saturday. The fight will be an Affliction/Elite XC co-promotion. Like they say, the enemy of my enemy is my tentative friend as long as they’ll let me promote my t-shirt line.

If this sounds like late notice to be throwing a bout like this together, remember that both Nelson and Arlovski were prepping for bouts on Affliction: Day of Reckoning, which was set for October 11 until recently, so it’s reasonable to think that both guys are in fighting condition. However, while Arlovski was preparing for Josh Barnett, Nelson was getting ready to face Paul Buentello. Nothing against “The Headhunter” here, but he’s no Arlovski.

Needless to say, you can expect to see Arlovski-Nelson on the CBS portion of the card on October 4, but the bigger question is, what will this mean for the relationship between Affliction and Elite XC moving forward? Funny we should ask, because MMA Rated spoke with Jared Shaw about the deal, and he had this to say:

This is just one fight. This is a co-promoted fight and it’s the first time out and it’s the beginning of a working relationship, there’s nothing else in place. We hope that Roy Nelson vs. Andrei Arlovski is the beginning of a great budding relationship between Donald Trump’s Affliction and EliteXC.

Shaw says the two-hour CBS broadcast will now feature five fights, and had no problem saying that this news “hits Dana White hard.” We’ll see. One thing we know about Dana White is when you hit him, he usually hits back.

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babcock- September 25, 2008 at 9:48 pm
what in the world is elite xc going to do with legitimate heavys fighting on the same card as the almighty kimbo slice
SL- September 24, 2008 at 5:16 am
So, uh, now that Arlovski is fighting, will Kimbo vs. Shamrock still be the headliner?
Noah- September 24, 2008 at 3:40 am
Wait, didn't Arlovski already beat up a chunky IFL fighter? They're a dying breed, leave them alone Pitbull!
I Know Nothing- September 24, 2008 at 1:13 am
You got your Affliction in my Elite XC. You got your Elite XC in my Affliction. In re: to Arlovski calling out Kimbo, I wouldn't be surprised if Elite XC makes him sign an agreement not to do that. Kimbo is Elite's cash cow.
Billy Bad Ass- September 23, 2008 at 11:21 pm
"Hey Kimbo after you beat can by strike to glass chin in first round, I come down and make you, how you say, tastes my pee-pee-pee."
whaaa?- September 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm
"Howww tastesss myyy PEEEE-PEEEEE!"
Vrax- September 23, 2008 at 10:21 pm
How awesome would it be if Arlovski called out Kimbo on national TV after winning against big chunky? Obviously it's not a fight that Andrei needs in any way on a professional level, but from the angle of propelling his celebrity it would be huge. It would also put Elite in an hilarious predicament and I would enjoy watching as the shenanigans unfold. Wouldn't you?
Scott Whitt- September 23, 2008 at 9:44 pm
WOW!! Now maybe they can bump the crappy Kimbo match from TV.
Very interesting development especially since Steve Sievert just wrote an article about this very thing. I wonder how quick the Pitbull will take to destroy Big Country. Should be quick as long as he does not hit him in th stomach.
Derekrva- September 23, 2008 at 9:37 pm
This is actually pretty significant. This will probably be the most talented fighter (Arlovski) performing on national television. Can't wait to see him fight for free, and I can't wait to see UFC's response.
natureboy- September 23, 2008 at 9:16 pm
5 Matches in 2 hours again? Can you say, "50 minutes over?"