Wednesday, April 16, 2008

May 31 EliteXC-CBS card finalized

Originally posted by Dann Stupp [mmajunkie] on Apr 16, 2008 at 11:56 am in

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EliteXC and CBS today announced the official televised fight card for its May 31 event, which will be the first-ever MMA show to air on major U.S. network television.

The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and airs from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS.

Today's release also confirmed that previously announced headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson will, in fact, take on former PRIDE fighter and current EliteXC heavyweight James Thompson.

The full, five-fight televised card includes:

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. James Thompson
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith (for EliteXC middleweight title)
Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young
Phil Baroni vs. Murilo "Ninja" Rua
Jon Murphy vs. Brett Rogers
"In terms of recognition and perception, I believe May 31 is the biggest and single most important MMA fight card ever. It will forever change the landscape of the sport and how it is perceived," stated EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw.

EliteXC has made no mention of any potential un-aired, preliminary fights for the event.

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