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UFC Washout to Get EliteXC HW Title Shot?

(Eilers, jobbing in the “fat guys with shirts” circuit.)

Sam Caplan at 5oz. reports that a verbal agreement has been reached for a bout between EliteXC heavyweight standout Antonio Silva and Justin Eilers, which would go down at EliteXC’s second CBS broadcast on July 26th. Jared Shaw indicated that the league’s vacant heavyweight belt would “more than likely be at stake,” though he stopped short of an actual confirmation.

Let’s just say this is a step down from those Sergei Kharitonov rumors. A 19-6-1 veteran of various MMA leagues, Eilers won his Octagon debut against Mike Kyle at UFC 49 (8/21/04), but was bounced out of the league after consecutive losses to Paul Buentello, Andrei Arlovski, and Brandon Vera (all by first-round KO/TKO). Since then he’s gone 10-1, but hasn’t beaten anybody noteworthy, unless you consider Sherman Pendergarst and Jimmy Ambriz noteworthy.

In short, he’s a successful journeyman, but doesn’t quite deserve to fight for a major title on network television. If this is the best heavyweight EliteXC can scare up right now — and honestly, where the hell is Roy Nelson? — they’d be much wiser to save the credibility of their heavyweight strap while it’s still non-existent, and use Silva/Eilers as a non-title squash match to open the CBS broadcast, introducing viewers to the scary power of Bigfoot. If Silva does well, fans would surely welcome him back to fight for the title against someone legitimate. We’ll keep you posted…

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Kel- June 30, 2008 at 10:16 am
Big Foot Silva vs Big Gut Nelson.....HUGE
Ronnie Dobbs- June 30, 2008 at 12:05 am
Eilers is very JT-ish. Looks like Shaw is scraping for a big fat nasty HW KO to get some mainstream press. Because groundfighting is for lovers.
homegrowncone- June 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm
I tried to get Gary to sign Travis Wiuff but I don't think he listened.
Bill Espreston Esquire- June 29, 2008 at 7:40 pm
Well...What can you say now they are feeding big foot somebody easy...Its ashame...But you have to work with what you have!...The Shaws are horrible for this sport...Tell Jered aka Joey Lawrence look a like that this is a bad move!...
Kris- June 29, 2008 at 7:22 pm
Antonio Silva vs. TBA (possibly Eilers) is confirmed to be for the EliteXC heavyweight title but it's not going to be on CBS, it's going to be shown on Showtime before the CBS card starts according to a press release they issued a few days ago:

"The night of mixed martial action will begin with three live fights on SHOWTIME (8:00-9:00 PT, ET/PT) including an EliteXC Heavyweight Championship match featuring Antonio “Big Foot” Silva."