Elite XC once again gets mainstream exposure tonight with “Heat” as the third edition of “Saturday Night Fights”, on CBS. The event will be held live in the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, with the televised portion of the card beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
The main event of the night will be a heavyweight match-up of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (3-0) vs. former UFC fighter and hall of famer Ken “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Shamrock (26-13-2). Although once widely feared, Shamrock has been on a losing skid over the past few years, losing his last five fights. As he nears inevitable retirement from the sport he helped boost, a win tonight would help in retaining lasting credibility in his legacy.
On the other side of things, we have newcomer to MMA, Kimbo Slice. The former street fighter who rose to stardom via the popular video-sharing side YouTube, is undefeated in his first 3 professional mixed martial arts bouts. He has been both criticized and praised for his wins. The criticism stemming from facing a perceived lack in talent, so a win over Shamrock would undoubtedly help the hometown favorite Ferguson establish a legitimate presence in the spotlight.
Now, in addition to what could be brutal fight between these big boys, we’ll also be shown current champ Jake Shields taking on Paul Daley. Daley, a UK fighter with a massive fan base, has been quite verbal with his distaste for Shields, and this bout boils down to one word… throwdown. Fireworks are sure to happen when these two step into the cage.
A fight between the ladies is also scheduled for the “Heat” card, between well-known and undefeated fighter Gina “Conviction” Carano (6-0) and Kelly Kobald (16-2-1). Gina has enjoyed widespread publicity with her flawless MMA record, training at Xtreme Couture in Vegas and as “Crush” on the reincarnation of the American Gladiators television show. Carano resorted to stripping nude in order to make weight, and it was not the first time she has had difficulty on the scale. Kobald’s stated she’s looking to bring it to Carano; and it’ll be a good test for “Conviction” who is expected to meet Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos if she pulls out a win.
The official card is as follows, and could very well be the powerful line-up that Elite XC has been in need of, to boost ratings and help their financial situation.
We invite you to share your predictions and comments before, during, and after the fight.
Televised card (on CBS):
Main event: >> 265 lbs.: Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (3-0) vs. Ken Shamrock (26-13-2)
170 lbs.: Elite XC Welterweight Champion Jake Shields (21-4–1) vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley (18-6-2)
265 lbs.: Andre “The Pitbull” Arlovski (13-5) vs. Roy “Big Country” Nelson (13-2)
140 lbs.: Gina “Conviction” Carano (6-0) vs. Kelly Kobald (16-2-1)
185 lbs.: Murilo “Ninja” Rua (16-8-1) vs. Benji Radach (18-4)
Under card (may not be aired):
140 lbs.: Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (5-0) vs. Yoko Takahashi (13-9)
160 lbs.: James Edson Berto (14-5-1) vs. Conor Huen (7-2)
205 lbs.: Seth Petruzelli (9-4) vs. Aaron Rosa (11-2)
170 lbs.: Lorenzo Borgomeo (4-0) vs. Mickey Gomez (7-4)
140 lbs.: David Gomez (0-0) vs. Brett Jackowski (1-0)
160 lbs.: Jorge Boechat (3-2) vs. Nicolae Curry (0-0)