Elite May Return To CBS In July


No ink is dry on any contract as of yet, but according to Yahoo! Sports’ Dave Meltzer, Elite XC promoter Gary Shaw has said that CBS is requesting that Elite’s next two live specials be broadcast in July (possibly July 26) and October; as one can imagine, the timing in making this happen is imperative as the organization will need to get an arena booked for the event and also to start the publicity for a show that is roughly 6 weeks away.  There’s more obstacles to overcome besides securing a venue and getting the word out.

  • Two of the centerpieces of the last Elite XC/CBS broadcast, Gina Carano and Kimbo Slice, will be unavailable for the event; Carano is requesting a fall date for her next match while Slice injured both thumbs in his previous match with James Thompson.  However, both should be available for the October card.
  • In addition to creating championships, Elite’s big objective is to tighten up the production of the show as their event on CBS ran for 2 hours and 50 minutes; 2 hours is the preferred time frame.
  • Lining up quality opponents.  Shaw mentioned that Elite will be in talks with Scott Smith to see if he can be ready for their show in July; assuming that he is, perhaps a rematch with Robbie Lawler could be in the offing – possibly as the main event.  What is certain is that Antonio “Junior” Silva (10-1) will participate in the heavyweight title fight; several names has been floated about – Brett Rogers (he knocked out Jon Murphy on the CBS broadcast), the winner of the Dave “Pee-Wee” Herman-Ron Waterman bout Saturday night in Honolulu at the “Return of the King” event or possibly Roy “Big Country” Nelson, the International Fight League heavyweight champion.  Jake Shields (20-4-1) is slated to compete for the welterweight title.  Other names being mentioned as possible opponents besides the aforementioned are: Drew Fickett, England’s Paul Daley and IFL champion Jay Hieron.  Elite is also exploring the possibility of a women’s match, featuring Shayna Baszler (9-4) and an yet-to-be-determined opponent; the winner of that fight would likely face Carano in an October match to create the company’s first women’s champion at the 145-pound weight class.

All of this is in the negotiation stages as of this writing; however, if for whatever reason the July show falls through, the aforementioned matches would simply be moved to the October date with CBS or a planned September show on Showtime.

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