Odds and ends heading into an EliteXC weekend
The UFC’s Fight Night 14 broadcast pulled tremendous numbers on Spike last weekend. The peak audience was more than 4.5 million for the main event between Anderson Silva and James Irvin. Very impressive.
In other UFC news, three more fights have been confirmed for UFC 88. Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans is the main event for the show in Atlanta, but Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson will be on the card as well.
An intriguing fight has been added to UFC 89. A light heavyweight clash between Keith Jardine and Brandon Vera has been added to the card. That should be a great fight and will be important to both fighters. Jardine needs a win after getting destroyed by Wanderlei Silva and Vera needs a convincing win at the light heavyweight level.
Affliction’s first event seems to have gone well, as far as PPV buys and gate is concerned. It’s still not clear if the promotion can compete with the UFC, but the first show was a positive start. Yahoo! is reporting Fedor Emelianenko will be back in action in October in a fight against Andre Arlovski. There are a number of fighters I’d like to see go up against Fedor and Arlovski is not one of them. I don’t think he has much of a chance, but he should fare better than Tim Sylvia did.