(Look out Kimbo, he’s got an air-shotgun!)
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 ProElite.com 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)