A championship belt is good for several things. Hitting unsuspecting rivals is one, picking up girls in the supermarket is another, but the biggest advantage lies in its ability to signify that someone has defeated the best in their field and attained the top spot. In order for that to work though, there has to be a legitimate field. Elite XC doesn’t really seem to get that last part.
Live Events President Gary Shaw said in a conference call recently that he has plans to introduce a heavyweight title some time this year, then proceeded to rattle off all of three people who might be vying for it:
“Kimbo’s there, James Thompson’s there, and obviously (Antonio) Junior Silva is right there at the top.”
Well, that sounds fun. You have a heavyweight title and three heavyweights — one of whom will necessarily lose next Saturday — to fight for it over and over again. Thrilling.
I might be more optimistic about the chances for Elite XC pulling together a strong heavyweight field if Affliction didn’t already have so many of the top non-UFC big men locked up. As it is, you have to expect that Elite would be eager to hand the belt to Kimbo Slice if he beats James Thompson. So does mean that he would then turn around and fight Silva? And then what?
Assuming Kimbo does end up with a gold and leather strap of some kind declaring him champion of the world, and assuming Elite XC can’t land any more quality heavyweights, the only sensible thing to do is to work for some kind of cross-promotion with the IFL to have Kimbo face Roy Nelson. The contrast in experience and personalities, the clash of two “champions”, it’s a no-brainer. Not to mention, the virulent racists out there would just love it.