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Oh Yeah, Elite XC on CBS is Coming Up

Maybe you’ve forgotten all about this, but Elite XC’s second live event on CBS is this Saturday, headlined by the Scott Smith-Robbie Lawler rematch. While that’s a bout worth getting excited about, the rest of the card really makes you wonder whether we won’t see a tremendous drop-off in ratings and whether CBS won’t rethink this crazy MMA experiment as a result.

It’s not just that the card lacks the mainstream star-power of the first one, though that is indeed the case. It’s also that there are precious few meaningful, competitive matches. Just take a look at the line-up and the betting odds and you’ll see what I mean:

Scott Smith (+180) vs. Robbie Lawler (-220)
Thomas Denny (+450) vs. Nick Diaz (-600)
Nick Thompson (+320) vs. Jake Shields (-400)
Christiane Cyborg (+125) vs. Shayna Baszler (-155)
Justin Eilers (+400) vs. Antonio Silva (-550)
Travis Galbraith (+275) vs. Rafael Feijao (-345)
Brian Caraway (+140) vs. Wilson Reis (-170)

If betting odds are any indication how competitive a bout will be (and they usually are) we only see a couple of matches here that promise to be anything but one-sided. One of the more lopsided bouts on the card is the Justin Eilers-Antonio Silva fight, which will be for the newly-created Elite XC heavyweight title. I have a hard time imagining MMA fans getting too worked up over that, and all the mainstream crowd knows is that neither of these guys is Kimbo.

My question is, how did Elite XC go from throwing everything they had into their first CBS event, to putting forth such a meager effort for the second?

Not only that, they’re relying on Nick Diaz-Thomas Denny to be their main live draw in Stockton, Ca., even though it’s not a bout anyone would have told you they particularly wanted to see. I understand their plans to put KJ Noons in against Diaz fell through, but this seems more like an afterthought. It’s a fight just for the sake of having a fight.

Maybe it’s because this comes on the heels of the Affliction-UFC (not to mention Dream) weekend and we’re all spoiled, but this hardly seems like a recipe for success if you’re Elite XC. It should be interesting to see how their ratings fare, as well as if they don’t end up kicking themselves for not doing more to promote Lawler and Smith the first time around, especially now that they have to sell it as a main event.

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you should keep your day job- July 24, 2008 at 4:19 am
Weaker card than the first one; are you kidding me? Lawler v. Smith is going to be great. Shields v. Thompson is a battle of two top welters. The ladies' fight is good. Nick Diaz always entertains. And Feijao is the real deal. The will be the first and last time I read anything on this crappy site.
ikcedar- July 22, 2008 at 12:20 am
not a bad card at all. Dont think the ratings will be anywhere near what they were the first time.
my balls are huge- July 21, 2008 at 7:32 pm
who gives a shit about elite xc?
Iain- July 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm
I don't awlasy read this site, so can't tell if you are being sarcastic with the following line or not.

"My question is, how did Elite XC go from throwing everything they had into their first CBS event, to putting forth such a meager effort for the second?"

This card doesn't have the name power of Kimbo or Carano but it's infinitely better from a fights point of view and I'm not sure how anyone could disagree. The best fight from the first show is happening again in addition to maybe th best possible WW fight it is possible to make outside of the UFC.

Nick Diaz is always fun to watch and Mrs Cyborg is devastating on the right night. On the undercard you have a heavyweight title fight featuring a Brazilian with outrageous physical talent and potential not to mention to returns of Feijao and Reis who are both great prospects in their own right.

It blows the first show away in everything but main event name value.
Dan- July 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm
I'm actually looking forward to this card and the top 3 fights.

And I the reason they're putting Diaz on this card is to hype the KJ Noons fight. The public isn't very aware of Noons and Diaz because it happened on Showtime. This was they can have Diaz fight, show the clips of the pull apart brawl a hundred times, and then after the Diaz match bring Noons in the ring and do an angle to get their next match way over.

To put Diaz v. Noons on this card would've meant nothing. the "CBS audience" doesn't know who Diaz or Noons are. This will be a great introduction for their October fight.
DonnyG- July 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm
I actually think that there are a lot of possible upsets. Eilers is like 10-1 since leaving the UFC. I wouldn't be suprised if Diaz didn't make weight and Denny refused to fight him though. That could be a disaster for them.

Also I wouldn't mind putting a little money on Nick Thompson of Thomas Denny either.
James- July 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm
Wow, these odds are interesting. I am throwing down plenty of action on Thompson, I think he's got Shields' number.
bpd- July 21, 2008 at 4:20 pm
Any combination of Nick Diaz and live television will only result in Les Moonves writing out huge checks to the FCC.
fanofthesport- July 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm
Well as a fan of mma I have to say this is very exciting to have so many mma fights on and available in such a short period of time. Its great to have these lesser cards to keep you geared up for the main cards from the UFC etc.. To me the sports recognition is what is most important for the longevity of any of the leagues, UFC, ELITE, AFFLICTION, DREAM, etc.. Clearly we'd rather see Fedor, Georges, Anderson etc.. but these cards that Elite puts on are great you never know who you might see transition to the UFC or other, and to know their fight history is great. I'm sure no one was that interested in GSP when he was fighting in some half ass lame show in Canada. But look at him now he sells out arenas!
Vrax- July 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Goat v. Shields is pretty cool, IMO.

"My question is, how did Elite XC go from throwing everything they had into their first CBS event, to putting forth such a meager effort for the second?"

Answer's in the question here. They have no one who's A) left over and B) ready at this point.
Plain old Kevin- July 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm
Excellent article, but I actually like the top 3 matches. Would like to see Michael Jackson's.. uh... Nick Diaz's face fall off. At least the main event will probably be full of action and not end in a minute or less.

Go go Goat FTW!