If EliteXC has to go down, it will go down fighting
Make sure you have your DVRs set for CBS and EliteXC's final Saturday Night Fights this Saturday. I believe the original deal was set to be four shows on CBS but rumors abound that EliteXC is on its final legs and that CBS is currently unhappy with the circuit after poor ratings for the second show. If this is the end for EliteXC on the national stage, it is certainly going out with a bang.
Promotion has been much better for this show -- Elite XC: Heat. I couldn’t watch NFL games Sunday without seeing Kimbo Slice during every commercial break and plugs for Gina Carano's appearance on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight. I didn’t even know Craig Ferguson still had a show but Carano is going to be on it so check it out tonight (that’s a cheap shot -- Ferguson is OK in my book). I will have a Carano update tomorrow that will touch on the “face of women’s MMA” issue that seems to be lurking in the shadows heading into this fight.
For casual fans, this is what's important: EliteXC has stacked this card (stacked for them at least) as it seems the future of the promotion is hinging on the success of this show. The two biggest stars in the organization, Carano and Kimbo Slice, are in action along with Jake Shields (EXC welterweight champion, who is also one of the top 5 welterweights in the world) and former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski, who still has a deal with Affliction but is fighting former IFL heavyweight champ Roy Nelson.
This isn’t the most technically sound card and the main event is still a complete joke but it should still be a draw. Either way, just because of the importance of this show to EliteXC’s future and because it should be a fairly entertaining night, it’s definitely worth a view.