By World Wide Ed
Get ready for history in the making folks. Tonight, EliteXC, in a partnership with CBS, will bring the first-ever Mixed Martial Arts fight card to the mainstream when EliteXC Saturday Night Fights makes its debut on CBS (KGMB 0007 or KGMB HD 1007 on Oceanic Time Warner Cable) at 8PM HST.
A HUGE step for a renegade sport that was once completely banned from TV just a few, short years ago.
Headlining the card is Internet legend, turned MMA manchild Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson). His Youtube exploits were so popular that they eventually led to a contract with the then startup Showtime EliteXC organization. Now training with retired MMA fighter and trainer extraordinaire Bas Rutten, Kimbo's career has reached a new high. He will be facing James "The Colossus" Thompson, a 6'5" 265 pound giant.
But in what will probably turn out to be the more competitive/exciting fights, former UFC and ICON fighter Robby Lawler will defend his Middleweight title against The Ultimate Fighter alum Scott Smith, while the most popular female MMA fighter in all the land, Gina Carano, who also moonlights as Crush on the American Gladiators, will take on future up and comer Kaitlin Young.
Former UFC legend Jens "Lil Evil" Pulver drops down to featherweight (145lbs) to take on the man who's been dominating that division, WEC Featherweight champion Urijah "The California Kid" Faber. The rest of the card looks suspect, but it'll also be on free TV: VERSUS Channel 0210 or HDGOLF 1216 at 3PM on Oceanic Time Warner Cable.
All MMA Television Programming for May, 2008
All MMA Television Programming for June, 2008 (coming soon)
- Info from EliteXC
- Info from Showtime
- Info from ProElite.com
- Faber vs. Pulver Fight Card from WEC.tv
In other news, check out "Pho Fantasy - A Tour of Hawaii's Favorite Pho Restaurants," my June AroundHawaii article, where I visit three of Hawaii's favorite Pho Restaurants (coming June 1, 2008).
Have a great weekend y'all!