In spite of a few mindless protests about Elite XC's network television debut, CBS is fast-tracking another Saturday night prime-time broadcast to air on July 26th. The tiffany network was more than pleased with an average of 4.85 million viewers and a peak of 6.51 million.
You wonder what outrageous claims will be made this time around by the out-of-touch 50+ crowd that pollutes the cable television news channels. My favorite was Bill O'Reilly guest Jane Hall likening MMA to public executions.
The main event will be a rematch of Scott Smith and Robbie Lawler.
According to EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw, Jake Shields' opponent for the newly created 170-pound title will be determined this week. Potential challengers include International Fight League champion Jay Hieron, former Bodog champ Nick Thompson, or the recently motivated Paul Daley.
Heavyweight Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva may be on the card as well:
If Silva appears on the card (it's not a guarantee that he will, right now) he could face IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, or Robert "Buzz" Berry, who knocked out Ken Shamrock in March.
And it sounds like Elite XC is going to roll the dice with Kimbo Slice against a tougher oppenent:
EliteXC has already started working on lining up an October card with Kimbo Slice, who's expected to fight Brett Rodgers. A rematch between EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons and rival Nick Diaz could also be featured on CBS in the fall.