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Brass tacks — EliteXC: “Street Certified” goes down tomorrow night at Miami’s Bank United Center; Showtime will broadcast the main card starting at 10 p.m., and we’ll be doing a liveblog, so swing by for live round-by-round results. And now, our predictions:

Tank vs. Kimbo (heavyweights): We all know how this is going to end. A month ago, we offered a “fantastic” prize to the CagePotato reader who could call the result the closest. Well, the prediction lines will be open until the end of the day, so throw a guess on the comments section of that page for your chance to win (what else) a signed copy of Iceman: My Fighting Life by Chuck Liddell. We’re sticking with our prediction of Kimbo winning by TKO (punches) in 59 seconds. MMABettingBlog says that since the betting odds on this match are so heavily stacked in Kimbo’s favor — he’s a -450 favorite, meaning you’d have to bet $450 on him to get $100 back if he wins — Tank is actually the smart money bet. Especially if you think losing money is smart.

Antonio Silva vs. Ricco Rodriguez (heavyweights): Speaking of sports betting, this fight reminds me of my personal rule — never bet against the streak. And as we discussed yesterday, Bigfoot Silva’s got a crazy one going: 10 fights, all of them lasting less than four minutes. Outside of the Ben Rothwell spit-debacle decision loss, Ricco “Suave” has been looking great lately, with six stoppage wins in his last seven fights. We just don’t think he’ll be able to deal with Silva’s size and power — Bigfoot by first-round GnP TKO. By the way, Rodriguez said this at yesterday’s press conference: “Win or lose, six months from now Antonio and I will be fighting again, probably for a title. We are the two best fighters in this organization right now. Tank and Kimbo are just tomato cans. We are the two real fighters.” We have a feeling Ricco might live to regret that quote…

Scott Smith vs. Kyle Noke (middleweights): EliteXC is playing up the fact that Kyle Noke used to be Steve “The Crocodile Hunter” Irwin’s bodyguard. I guess that’s supposed to make him a tough guy, but obviously he was too pussy to jump in front of that sting-ray. The Australian 185-pounder is 14-3-1 and made his EliteXC debut at Renegade (11/10/07), where he defeated Seth Kleinbeck by TKO. Scott Smith is best known for his outta-nowhere knockout of Pete Sell at the Ultimate Fighter 4 finale, after Sell crumpled him with a rib-shot. Smith went on to lose his next two UFC fights against Patrick Cote and Ed Herman, but we think his heavy hands will earn him a KO/TKO victory in the second or third round against Noke.

James Thompson vs. Brett Rogers (heavyweights): Thompson’s “Gong n’ Dash” style has led to some truly hilarious knockout losses, and as scary-looking as he is, he’s only won twice in his last seven matches. Brett Rogers is an up-and-comer with a perfect 5-0 record, with all his wins by KO/TKO; check out this highlight video, where Rogers proves that his specialty is beating down white guys who are too embarrassed to remove their shirts. Thompson will likely be shirtless in their match tomorrow night, but we still think Rogers will find a knockout punch — as so many others have against the Colossus — in the first round.

Edson Berto vs. Yves Edwards (lightweights): Reppin’ hard for orlando, Edson Berto (13-4-1) is returning to EliteXC after losing to K.J. Noons at a ShoXC event last July. He’s won twice in the RFC promotion since then, and is again looking for a win on a bigger stage. With nearly 50 pro fights, Yves Edwards is a journeyman’s journeyman, best known for a long stint in the UFC where he recorded wins over Hermes Franca and Rich Clementi. Because of his experience and his association with Florida’s formidable American Top Team camp, we’re calling this one for Edwards in an unanimous decision.

The undercard will be broadcast free on starting at 7:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup:

Rafael Feijao (4-1) vs. John Doyle (6-2)
Jon Kirk (10-2) vs. Yosmany Cabezas (4-0)
Mario Rinaldi (6-2) vs. Dave Herman (9-0)
Eric Bradley (2-1) vs. Mikey Gomez (6-3)
Lorenzo Borgameo (2-0) vs. Mike Bernhard (3-0)

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Trey RMH- February 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm
Unless they let tank in the ring with an o2 can straped to his back this fight won't make it past 3 and half mins, i love tank but get real man and call it quits, go kimbo
Olie- February 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm
Someone pleasepleaseplease give me a link for a stream for this fight please???

Also what time will it be aired GMT???

the glza- February 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm
johnb: buttcanan... lol

i think bengtonizr probably has the most realistic prediction -- everyone else (including me) has built this fight up too much... there will be hugging...
johnb- February 14, 2008 at 11:22 pm
You have a flaw in your software........

"johnb" is NOT my screenname. The LAST poster's name and it looks like his email address also is AUTOMATICALLY put in the available space.

I noticed that someone posted somehitng under "fightfan" which is my name, BUT I DID NOT post the remark at 12:46 in thsi story.......

What is goong on???????
Dana White- February 14, 2008 at 10:44 pm
I’m gonna say kimbo wins, he will feel out tank with some punches then take him down and ground and poud until tank gives up his back and then he will choke him out 4:13 rnd 1
bengtOnizR- February 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm
Both will stand and slug the first round. Then we'll see a hugparty for 2 rounds with some bad takedown attempts. And the fight will end with a splitdecision making Tank the winner.
Mitch C- February 14, 2008 at 7:02 pm
KIMBOOOOO~! SLICE via ground-and-pound at 1:37 of the 1st round,
Jpkokanee- February 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm
kimbo tko (punches) 1:29rd 1
Blackleg- February 14, 2008 at 6:22 pm
I'll be impressed if Tank has the lungs to make it past the 2 Minute mark.

The win goes to Kimbo - KO - 0:40 Round 1
Dana White- February 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm
I'm gonna say kimbo wins, he will feel out tank with some punches then take him down and ground and poud until tank gives up his back and then he will choke him out
johnb- February 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Kimbo wins by ref stoppage due to punches in the first round at 1:03 seconds into the first round
the glza- February 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm
tank wins by skull fracture and brain-eating (tko) 0:40 into first
Toner Breath- February 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm
Kimbo wins by rear naked choke 1:21 of first round.

You heard it here first...
Mugato- February 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm
that Kimbo is so hot right now...........Kimbo
fightfan- February 14, 2008 at 5:46 pm
tank tko's kimbo 2nd round.
u guys forgot kimbo has a hard time with guys a certain level. sean ganon b eat his ass, and gannon was way out of shape. kimbos punches on tanks head isnt going to do shit, and well kimbo has no ground game. dotn count TANK out, is a top level submission wrestler, and top level wrestler.
turdburglar- February 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm
Mmmmm...Taco Meat Chest.
fightfan- February 14, 2008 at 5:34 pm
Cage Potato.......

Can you put in more than one entry???
rheindog- February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm
I'm gonna rub it in if tank wins, because you guys have been very biased toward kimblow, and its kind of annoying... So i'm going with tank by ko 3:13 in.
andrew bullen- February 14, 2008 at 5:24 pm
KIMBO TKOs tank AT 2:30 of the first round