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CBS Bullish on “Saturday Night Fights” Return

Though Gary Shaw previously stated that EliteXC was tentatively looking at early Fall for their next “Saturday Night Fights” card on CBS, the impressive ratings that the May 31st show pulled in has the network wanting to bring it back in the summer. As Dave Meltzer reports:

Shaw said the date of the next CBS card is expected to be finalized this week in a joint decision with CBS. Due to the success of the first show, CBS wants to have a return date in late July to capitalize on the momentum. Shaw feels Lawler and Smith wouldn’t be ready for a July date, nor would Slice.

As disappointing as the Kimbo Slice/James Thompson fight was, Kimbo is still EliteXC’s biggest draw, and CBS may be shooting themselves in the foot a bit by scheduling the next SNF broadcast before he’s ready to return. To ensure strong ratings for their second CBS event in his absence, EliteXC would probably need to bring back Gina Carano, and stack the rest of the card with recognizable names. Unfortunately, Nick Diaz, KJ Noons, Yves Edwards, and Murilo Rua are already booked for this Saturday’s EliteXC show in Hawaii, which will be televised on Showtime. Outside of setting up a Brett Rogers/Antonio Silva bout for EiteXC’s vacant heavyweight title, there aren’t many compelling matchups that Shaw & Co. could schedule for six weeks later. Waiting until early Fall definitely seems like the best option — but good ratings tend to make people do crazy things…

(Fist bump: BloodyElbow)

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Boneman- June 10, 2008 at 7:19 pm

WTF...I know Cung Le was a joint venture...But is he physically able to fight very soon...?...If so, he is what Elite needs to reprsent MMA at a "Prime-Time" event...!
king- June 10, 2008 at 4:57 pm
the only thing that sucks worse than elitexc is kimbo
norremo- June 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm
"this is disgusting"
Blackleg- June 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm
LOL something tells me giving Nick Diaz a national spotlight wouldn't end well given his questionable social skills.

I hope they are able to make a decent card, as bad as the first one was I'd still really like to see this take off on network TV.
-the ox king-- June 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Lets just hope it gos better then the last one

(dont forget to check out the CP forums)
Old, Bald and Irish- June 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Two words:


I don't know who they can match him up against, but he's been training for the Fickette fight for months now. It's been postponed twice: once due to Shields getting injured, the next due to Fickette getting injured. The two of them fighting isn't exactly a "Top of the Card" match, and I don't know Fickette's current health.

You know what? I got it....

Let's swing for the fences. CBS needs some spectacle? Ok, try this on for size:


I think Bennett's legal troubles are behind him (for the moment) and both fighters would have at least 4 to 5 weeks to train up.

While I think that Shields could easily mop up Bennett, "Krazy Horse" is such an awesome character, you know he'll do SOMETHING insane. If anything, Bennett is always interesting to watch. He's gotten exposure from "coaching" on "Iron Ring", so at least he'll have some added name recognition.

Hopefully, the "Man in the Track Suit" is listening.
FOF Athletics- June 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm
EliteXC is about to face the fact that they just don't have (no offense to Gina) the man power to pull off their CBS and Showtime deals. At least not with any consistant quality. The UFC is really the only promotion that has the names and following to do it, which is why I think an ESPN/ABC deal is on the way. It's just the next logical step for them and the sport.
Gary Shaw isn't doing a terrible job with EliteXC, but I think he is trying way too hard to make good on this window of opportunity that has opened for him. Hey Gary; slow down, sign some more names (HDnet & DREAM!!!) and promote the sport not the hype.