EliteXC on CBS
- 02-27-2008, 09:54 PM
EliteXC on CBS
EliteXC to be shown on CBS, Sat 9-11PM ET - 1st Show April with Kimbo as headliner?
More Details on Landmark EliteXC-CBS Deal; Kimbo Slice Possible Headliner
Posted by MMA Junkie on February 27, 2008 at 6:48 pm ET
Kevin Kimbo Slice Ferguson and Gary ShawEarlier today MMAjunkie.com (UFC News & Rumors - MMA News - UFC Fighters - UFC Event Recaps and Previews - MMAjunkie.com) broke the news that ProElite, Inc., the parent company of Elite Xtreme Combat, appears to be on the verge of signing a landmark deal with CBS that will put MMA on major network television for the first time.
Thanks to Kevin Iole of MMAjunkie.com’s partner site Yahoo! Sports, we now have a few additional details.
According to his report, the official announcement of the deal will come tomorrow. In it, EliteXC and CBS will confirm a four-fight deal that begins with an event in April.
Additionally, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, the YouTube brawler who earned a lucrative long-term deal with EliteXC in late 2007, will likely headline the first CBS event — either in Atlantic City, N.J. or at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Iole reports.
Ferguson, a former bodyguard in the pornography business who now trains with MMA legend Bas Rutten, most recently defeated veteran slugger David “Tank” Abbott in the main event of the organization’s Feb. 16 “Street Certified” show. The event, which drew a sold-out crowd of 6,187, set a record live gate for the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center.
Ferguson, who hails from Miami, was the primary draw for the event. As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, he earned an event-best base salary of $175,000, according to the Florida State Boxing Commission. Additionally, since our initial report, MMAjunkie.com has been informed that EliteXC officials, including EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw, and Ferguson have met and discussed a possible contract extension.
According to Iole, CBS is expected to air the EliteXC events on Saturdays as live two-hour broadcasts, most likely from 9 to 11 p.m. ET.
EliteXC, which was formed as a partnership with Showtime Networks Inc. in 2006, had previously aired almost all of its events on the subscription-cable channel. Earlier today Sam Caplan of fiveouncesofpain.com passed along a report that stated Showtime subscription totals rose 11 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007. A highly publicized October “ShoXC” event and a major November EliteXC show likely played a role in the increase.
Showtime is owned by CBS, which is an investor in ProElite.
- 02-27-2008, 10:20 PM
I saw this. This could make EliteXC huge. Wow Zuffa really blew it by letting this get away from them.
02-27-2008, 10:26 PM
Semtex better stick around for this. Now you can watch the events live, that's one of the 6 channels you get, right?
02-27-2008, 10:41 PM
It's a massive 20 channels. Yes, I'm a poor aging, grad student, but this will change soon.
Semtex would be a huge star, bruv. (Got it right this time)
02-27-2008, 10:50 PM
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02-27-2008, 11:20 PM
Regardless of all the arguments about his legitimacy as an "MMA" fighter, I kind of like these rags to riches stories.
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02-27-2008, 11:21 PM
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M.Ed. Ex Phys
02-27-2008, 11:44 PM
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02-27-2008, 11:51 PM
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02-28-2008, 12:05 AM
My friend who's a bouncer got hit in the back of the head with a bat and while he was out, they kicked his front and bottom row teeth out, came back the next night and did it again to another bouncer.
My workout partner who's good friends with this bouncer that required dental work, trains at another fight gym (new Pimp It Fight Team) considered showing up at Millenia with some fighters and fighting their entire gym as repayment. Wouldn't that be something. A new age Kung Fu Dojo war.
Sorry, that's my ranting about ignorant people
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02-28-2008, 12:09 AM
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02-28-2008, 12:16 AM
Jumping somebody, really diminishes the notion that you're a disciplined, athlete fighter, but ironically, that seems to be the message they think they're perpetuating when they jump someone with their TAP OUT shirts on. Ridiculous.
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02-28-2008, 12:27 AM
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