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Elite XC on CBS: The Liveblog Spectacular

(Nick Thompson spices up the weigh-in, courtesy of Combat Lifestyle)

It’s another Saturday night of MMA, Potato Nation. We may not have Fedor or Anderson Silva this time around, but we have got Robbie Lawler and a can-do spirit, so we’re going to make the best of it. Like my grandfather used to say, when life gives you Nick Diaz and Thomas Denny, make lemonade. My grandfather may have been completely insane, but he was wise in his own special way.

Anyway, it’s free so we’re going to stop complaining and start writing. We’ll be liveblogging all the Elite XC on CBS action as it unfolds, so jump on board and let’s do this thing. Remember to hit refresh every so often to keep from getting left behind.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, we aren’t covering the Showtime portion of the card because, to be brutally honest with you, the place we’re watching the fights doesn’t get Showtime. So there it is. If you give a damn about those results anyway, here’s how they’re looking:

Drew Montgomery defeats Brandon Tarns via TKO (cut stoppage) at 4:22 of round 3.
Carl Seumanutafa defeats Mike Cook via KO (slam) at 1:22 of round 1.
Wilson Reis defeats Brian Caraway via unanimous decision.
Rafael Feijao defeats Travis Galbraith via TKO at 3:01 of round 1.
Antonio Silva defeats Justin Eilers via TKO at 0:19 of round 2.

Apparently the Shayna Baszler-Christiane “Cyborg” Santos bout just ended with a second round TKO by “Cyborg”. This vexes me since I was under the impression that it would be on the live CBS card, which doesn’t begin here for another half-hour. Now I’m just confused. Confused and sad.

Okay, so it’s on an hour later here for some reason. Turns out that living in the Mountain Time Zone has some drawbacks. Being an hour behind on the “live” CBS broadcast is one of them. Damn.

8:00 pm: …and we’re (not) live! CBS gets things going with a recap of Lawler-Smith I, which they say “could have been the fight of the year” if it hadn’t been stopped. I guess we’re just saying things without regard for whether they’re true. Why not? It’s only network TV.

8:04: Talking about Robbie Lawler, Mauro Ranallo uses the phrase “silent but violent”. Bet he’s proud of himself for thinking of that one. I’m simultaneously filled with disdain for Mauro and yet glad he’s around so I can enjoy hating him. Kind of like the way I feel about “The View”.

Shayna Baszler vs. Christiane “Cyborg” Santos

We get things rolling with our first Gina Carano plug of the night. That didn’t take long. Her ‘awww shucks’ smile riles up the Stockton crowd. “Cyborg” looks jacked as we transition into the Burger King “Rules of Combat”.

Cyborg comes right out gets the clinch on Baszler, but rather than succumb to the sheer aggression of the Brazilian Baszler gets her to the mat and looks for a kneebar. Cyborg is out, standing over Baszler and looking to land some big shots. Baszler gets her back to the mat and avoids taking too much damage. Cyborg tries some hammer fists from the guard as the three-minute round comes to an end. Strangely, knowing the outcome doesn’t inhibit by enjoyment of the fight.

Round two starts with Cyborg coming right after Baszler and hurts her with some hard right hands. Cyborg tosses her around like a child in the clinch, really using her strength advantage. Baszler looks a little overwhelmed and very tired. Cyborg drops her with a series of straight shots and Baszler goes down. It’s not over, though Cyborg thinks it is. She jumps atop the cage and initially won’t come back down to continue the fight. This is looking like a bit of a fiasco early on. Way to make MMA look amateurish. Cyborg finally comes back and finishes Baszler off in brutal fashion with a great left-right combo that puts Baszler down for good. And, of course, there’s Gina again.

8:24: Now we’re talking to Gina, wondering what might happen if she had “time to train”. Maybe she’d even make weight! I’m just playing. She’d still come in heavy.

Nick Thompson vs. Jake Shields

But first Frank Shamrock takes us through some MMA 101, throwing a dummy around. Oh, he’s just so smug about it, too. Talking about the cut on Shields’ face, Shamrock said he advised him to put Preparation H on it. “Gotta trust the legend,” says Shamrock. That’s himself he’s referring to as a legend. Classy.

Takedown right away from Shields, then easily into the mount. That’s not a good sign for “The Goat”. He scrambles trying to escape and Shields locks in a guillotine from the top position. Thompson taps. “The fight lasted as long as Brett Favre’s retirement!” shouts Ranallo. Now that’s how you force a current events reference into your broadcast. An angry twitch has started behind my right eye.

Gus Johnson congratulates Shields as the new Elite XC welterweight champ with all the enthusiasm of a man on his way to the dentist.

8:53: Kimbo shows up, naturally, wearing one of those Samuel L. Jackson hats and sunglasses indoors. Clearly, he is a celebrity now. “My life is no longer a secret,” says Kimbo. I don’t really know what that means.

Nick Diaz vs. Thomas Denny

They are loving Nick Diaz in Stockton, which is the whole point, I guess. But still. Diaz will never again enjoy this kind of broad popularity. We get as far as the pre-fight staredown before the sound is cut due to profanity. Nice.

Diaz looks a little slow to start on the feet, but eventually looks for a kimura on the mat. Denny escapes, but can’t do much with the position advantage. Diaz is looking for a single-leg before abandoning it for the clinch. Diaz is landing some punches on the feet, but they’re all arm punches and his defense is almost non-existent. A right hand on the ear stuns Denny briefly, then a couple of nice left hooks. Diaz is picking up the pace and Denny looks outclassed, though he’s hanging in there. Nevermind, know he’s down and Diaz is rocking him with some right hands as he gets back to his feet. They’re just brawling to end the round, and it is awesome.

Diaz rocks Denny again to start the round and then showboats a little to pump up the crowd. Diaz pouring it on and Denny is down. The camera angle makes it difficult to tell if it’s been stopped. No, it’s still going, with Diaz landing a few unnecessary shots. Looks like we’re no longer stopping fights too soon on CBS. The announcing team plays up Diaz as if he did something other than beat a guy who was a 6-1 underdog.

Diaz turns Gus Johnson’s interview attempt into a rambling shout out, answering zero questions before Johnson wrestles the mic away from him.

After seeing the “highlights” from the Silva-Eilers bout, I have to say it doesn’t seem like I missed a lot there. CBS follows it up with a great deal of backstory on Lawler and Smith.

Hey, there’s Anderson Silva. They’re not shying away from talking about the UFC, either. I have to question how smart that is, at once admitting that Silva is the best middleweight in the world and also having your own middleweight title fight that does not include him. Aren’t you essentially admitting there that your champion is not the best in the world at that weight class?

Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith

Ranallo starts us off with another pop culture reference, this time about Batman. Good leg kicks and combos from Smith early on. Lawler doesn’t look as aggressive as usual here in the early going. Head kick from Smith and Lawler pretends to be dazed. Just having some fun in there. They clinch against the cage and then separate to exchange kicks. The pace is still fairly slow. A few hard punches and a body kick from Lawler and Smith is not liking it one bit. He may have been hurt there, but Lawler doesn’t go after him right away. Smith comes back in the last thirty seconds and Lawler is backpedaling. He may have stole the round with that flurry. Smith seems to have the sense of urgency that Lawler lacks right now.

Smith lands some good elbows and Lawler is cut again, almost in the exact same spot. He comes back and puts Smith’s back against the cage and tees off with some big right hands. Lawler clinches and hurts Smith with some knees. Smith is down, Lawler attempts a couple of awkward kicks to his body before Herb Dean calls it. A bloody Lawler dances in the cage, still the Elite XC champ.

A good night of fights, all things considered. Even if I had to wait an hour longer than the rest of the country to see. Goddamn fascist Mountain Time. I’m out.

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fort wayne zoo- December 10, 2008 at 10:47 am
3 fort wayne zoo or pee with a tampon or asian development bank or
carguytx- July 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm
Nevermind, I just read about a pre-fight that was not aired, at least not on showtime after the main card. I think elitexc lacks some big names but put on a considerably better show than first time and was just as good if not better programming/commentating wise than Affliction!
carcuytx- July 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm
What was with all the blood on the mat through the entire fight? I watched the pre-fights and the thing was painted with some poor fools blood already?
John C. Dvorak- July 27, 2008 at 2:25 am
>Gus Johnson is a joke!

This ass kisser is works in the NY Knicks telecast and has been trying to convince us for the past 3-4 years that the Knicks arent the biggest joke in sports in the US and probably the world.

He's a corporate yesman who cant give you anything but the script he is reading from.

He will serve you shit and swear to you that's it steak.

He gives lawyers a good name.
Fedor Emelianenko instructional video- July 26, 2008 at 10:27 pm
God, what a fag. Definitely, not my way of getting attention. I hope he behaves in the cage :)
gogo-jojo- July 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm
Gus Johnson is a joke! I love how obvious CBS makes it....Lets get rid of that idiot Golberg(thankyou) and grab someone who looks more professional, has that local-news-anchor-voice-inflection-thing going on...and make sure he knows nothing about the sport except what the "legend" haha shamrock tells him.(all in the third person).

Oh yea, make sure when he does all the post-fight shout interviews, he looks
totally bored and reads from notes on his palm.

My favorite: RENALLO: (to anderson silva) "theres the best pound for pound fighter in the world" GUS JOHNSON:"excuse me....middle weight champ....pardon me." haha classic.
gogo-jojo- July 26, 2008 at 6:23 pm
To the BEN'S: you missed some memorable moments in the live blog. My favorite was when Jake Shields, after making quick work of that guy with the throat facial hair, calls out for a 'UNIFICATION of the belts" and essentially calls out GSP. I find that funny in that he's either at the end of his contract, or is seeking his legacy and competition and legitamacy that this joke organization just can't provide.: I still think GSp would destroy him, Piere has equalivient wrestling and j.j. and sports some of the best striking in the bussiness. Good luck Jake.
Rob from inside Tito Ortiz's Massive Noggin- July 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm
Mauro Ranallo's "Silent But Violent" reference? That was Chris Benoit's nick-name from years ago in WCW. Does that mean that Robbie Lawler will drink a gallon of steroids and slaughter his family? I think not, but it's a funny, if inadvertent, comparison.

This show was probably even worse than the Primetime card. This not only didn't have those "huge" "crossover" stars and hype like the first show, and the fighter, while better, all still went exactly ass expected, with the favorite (both in terms of betting line and what Elite XC would have win) winning. Doubly Epic Fail.
Josh- July 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm
Lol Thompson's guard is just fucking terrible.
Anonymous- July 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm
gina carano- July 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm
aw shucks.
you know i wont make weight.
so why watch this silly bullcrap?
FilmDrunk- July 26, 2008 at 11:51 am
Renallo is the most annoying announcer ever. Dude could be calling the Tom's Pizza vs. Steve's Used Cars company softball game and he'd still be acting like Howard Cosell.
shutupandfight- July 26, 2008 at 11:33 am
will you please get that goat in a jock the fuk off your front page...PLEASE.
mmafan- July 26, 2008 at 11:12 am
Cyborg wears underwear with dick holes in them.
@ anonymous- July 26, 2008 at 5:44 am
HAHAHAHA yea right! They do better in other organizations because they fight people that aren't anywhere near their skill level.
Anonymous- July 26, 2008 at 5:16 am
oh to the one who commented on the former UFC figthers, Sure the UFC got some good fighters, its just that Lawler etc like some of fighters as time goes on, they evolve and hone their skills and just by chance not be in the UFC and dominate other organizations.
Anonymous- July 26, 2008 at 5:14 am
how bout i looked up Cristiane cyborg on google image and Clay Guidea Shows up ahhaha
Earl- July 26, 2008 at 4:15 am
Lawler/Smith was a good fight. Gina looked a little rattled. Call me sick but I'd take a Cyborg clinch anyday...nudge, nudge...wink, wink.
Ryan's_lover_Pablo- July 26, 2008 at 4:07 am
Is it normal that I want to put my peepeepee betweem the "Goat" ass cheeks.
You had the good taste to leave those tramps from their first TV show,..we sure dont want to stoop to the level of using barely clad dancers to sexually and provocatively girate and contort themselves in suggestive poses.
No, no, nothing so vile.

Alabaster toned muscled hairless man cheeks instead.

Looooooove it !!!!
captain asshammer- July 26, 2008 at 4:03 am
fuck you i like hockey. and elitexc is a joke- I love you gina!!
Shady- July 26, 2008 at 3:40 am
The big announcement was that UFC 89 will be shown free on Spike TV on October 18th...probably since UFC 90 is the following weekend and charging a PPV fee two weeks in a row would more than likely piss a few people off.
shutupandfight- July 26, 2008 at 3:27 am
the UFC announced you wasted two hours of your life watching the elitexc show.
Uh... um...- July 26, 2008 at 3:10 am
What the fuck? I was more excited about the UFC announcement than anything else.. and it never happened? Or maybe I just missed it. Anyone wanna fill me in?
johnny 5- July 26, 2008 at 3:07 am
Did any one else notice Kimbo throw the shocker to the fans at the end of the interview??
fightfan- July 26, 2008 at 2:48 am
Cyborg....that name fits her. She really scars me!! I thought she was going to kill Basler. If her striking were a little more accurate, she would give Carano a run.

Has there been a first women mma fighter to be on teh juice??? If not, I think we found the first