Archive for June, 2008

EliteXC fighters weigh in

June 14th, 2008
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Yves Edwards vs. KJ Noons
Yves Edwards (left) vs. KJ Noons (Champion)

Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey

Tony Bonello vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua
Tony Bonello vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua

All 24 fighters weighed in yesterday for today’s EliteXC event at the Blaisdell Arena. Tickets ranging from $25 in the balcony to $400 ringside are still available.

Interesting to point out that there was some sort of mix-up regarding weights for the fight between Nick Diaz and Muhsin Corbbrey. Initially scheduled as a lightweight fight at 160 pounds, Corbbrey weighed in at 158 pounds before told the fight was at a catch weight of 168 pounds. Diaz tipped the scales at 169.5 and after drinking water and putting on some clothes, Corbbrey’s official weight was 163.5.

For a fighter to come in expecting to compete at 160 pounds and then be told the limit is eight pounds heavier is quite odd. Especially considering talk that the winner of this fight would be in line to fight the Noons/Edwards winner for the title, I have a hard time believing the Diaz camp wouldn’t know the weight limit was 160 pounds. At least one EiteXC official had no idea the fight was being contested at a catch weight until after the fighters initially weighed in.

Here’s the final card w/ weights:
Kapa Medeiros (171.5) vs. Carl Barton (183)
Rafael Feijao (205) vs. Wayne Cole (204)
Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (243.5) vs. Ron Waterman (263)
Murilo “Ninja” Rua (184) vs. Tony Bonello (185)
Nick Diaz (169.5) vs. Muhsin Corbbrey (163.5)
KJ Noons (160) vs. Yves Edwards (158.5)
Russell Doane (135) vs. Dwayne Haney (133.5)
PJ Dean (160.5) vs. Dean Lista (160.5)
Lolohea Mahe (260) vs. Chris Bernard (232.5)
Kaleo Kwan (160) vs. Mike Aina (160)
Mark Oshiro (140.5) vs. Chris “Red Bull” Willems (144.5)
Kala Kolohe Hose (186) vs. Bubba McDaniel (184.5)

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EliteXC this Saturday at Blaisdell

June 10th, 2008
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Fresh off of a successful debut on CBS two weeks ago, EliteXC puts on its next card on Showtime here in Hawaii Saturday night at the Blaisdell Arena.

Here’s a schedule of this week’s activities:

Press conference, Thursday, 2 p.m., King St. Cafe
Showtime “Sunset Video” shoot, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.,Magic Island
Weigh in, Friday, 2 p.m., Fashion 45 in Waikiki Trade Center
EliteXC: Return of the King, Saturday, doors open at 2:30 p.m., opening bout at 3, PPV from 4-6 on Showtime, ProElite.com bouts are 6-7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $25 upstairs to $400 for ringside seats.

The full fight card is as follows:
Prelim bout:
Carl Barton vs. Kepa Madeiros
Showtime PPV portion:
Rafael Feijao vs. Wayne Cole
Dave Herman vs. Ron Waterman
Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Tony Bonello
Nick Diaz vs. Muhsin Corbbrey
LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT:
KJ Noons (champ) vs. Yves Edwards
Swing bout:
Russell Doane vs. Dwayne Haney
ProElite.com bouts
PJ Dean vs. Dean Lista
Lolohea Mahe vs. Chris Bernard
Kaleo Kwan vs. Mike Aina
Mark Oshiro vs. Chris “Redbull” Wllems
Kala Kolohe Hose vs. Bubba McDaniel

As you can see, not only is the Showtime PPV going on, but the card is loaded with some of Hawaii’s top local fighters including Icon champion Kala Kolohe Hose, Mark Oshiro, Mike Aina and Kaleo Kwan.

I’m still getting back into the swing of things after being gone for two weeks, but I’ll have plenty of stuff from the press conference and weigh ins later this week.

EliteXC recap

June 3rd, 2008
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I spent the weekend in Las Vegas, but managed to catch the last three fights of the first EliteXC show on CBS Saturday night. A night of what seemed to be pretty good fights ended in controversy twice as Kimbo Slice earned a third-round TKO victory over James Thompson after the referee made a questionable stoppage.  The middleweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith ended in a no contest after Smith was poked in the eye and couldn’t continue.

It was a show that didn’t showcase the best MMA fighters in the world, but seemed like an event built to bring in casual fans watching for the first time and did a good job. According to a press release today, the show drew a 3.0 rating and had 4.85 million viewers. The final 20 minutes of the show featuring the end of the Kimbo/Thompson fight had 6.12 million viewers as ratings incresed throughout the night.

Good start to the network era of mixed martial arts. The women’s fight between Gina Carano and Kaitlyn Young made for great TV and anybody that watched the first 2 1/2 rounds of Lawler and Smith won’t miss the rematch which I’m sure will be on the next CBS show. And love him or hate him, but regardless of his abilities, Kimbo Slice is a character that had the casual fans I was with talking. He won’t ever be a top HW fighter, but he’ll be able to bring in as many casual fans as anybody and at the end of the day, that’s what EliteXC is going for.