Dave Meltzer at Yahoo! Sports is reporting some early details on the next EliteXC/CBS “Saturday Night Fights” broadcast, which is slated for July 26th. Word is:
The company’s plan is to stage an event that would start at either 7:30 or 8 p.m. (ET) on Showtime — with either a 60- or 90-minute show that would feature three or four fights — leading into the 9-11 p.m. CBS show. The venue has not been finalized, although the Savvis Center in St. Louis is under consideration.
A middleweight title re-match between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith is already expected to headline the broadcast, while other likely bouts include Jake Shields vs. TBA (for EliteXC’s vacant welterweight title), Antonio Silva vs. TBA (possibly for EliteXC’s vacant heavyweight title), and matches featuring Shayna Baszler and Wilson Reis.
Particularly astute CagePotato readers might think “Jake Shields vs. TBA? Hasn’t he been trying to fight Drew Fickett for like a year?” And you’d be right. Except Fickett might be getting bounced from EliteXC for being an absolute moron.
Shields and Fickett were originally supposed to battle for EliteXC’s welterweight belt at “Shamrock vs. Le” on March 29th, but Shields pulled a muscle in his back days before the event, and Fickett instead fought (and beat) Jae Suk Lim. So, the Shields/Fickett match was rescheduled to go down at “Return of the King,” but Fickett injured his knee in early May and pulled out of the event.
Here’s the retarded part: Without Pro Elite’s knowledge, Fickett fought at a Rage in the Cage event on June 7th, where he defeated Jeff Horlacher, his problem knee seemingly not a problem at all. As GracieFighter.com reports:
Fickett’s decision cost Shields financially as he was left without a fight for the Hawaii card. EliteXC has not been able to contact Fickett and it looks as if they will be dropping him from their organization. Shields will now be fighting on EliteXC’s newly announced July 26th CBS show. Possible opponents now being looked at are Nick Thompson and Jay Hieron amongst others.
A match between the third- and eighth-best welterweights in the world would be a killer co-headliner for the second “Saturday Night Fights” card, and Hieron (who hovers just outside of the top-ten) would be a great replacement for Fickett as well. Wish we could say we’d feel bad for Fickett if he does indeed get his contract torn up, but in this day and age, how can you possibly think that you could fight for one organization while on injury leave from another, and expect to get away with it? Hasn’t Drew heard about the Internet?