Gary Shaw, the EliteXC president, must have read Sam Caplan’s post at Five Oz. from a few weeks ago in which he expressed concerns about EliteXC’s second show on CBS. In a discussion with SI.com’s Josh Gross, Shaw hinted that the show may be moved to September.
In his post, Caplan argued that there isn’t enough depth in EliteXC’s roster to handle a May 31 show on CBS, followed by a June 14 event in Hawaii, and then a second CBS show on July 26. I have to agree with Sam. All of their stars will be competing on those two cards, which really doesn’t leave enough time for them to be ready to fight again in a month or two. First impressions are extremely important, true, but you don’t want to be a one-trick pony either.
Shaw had this to say to Josh Gross about Jake Shields’ situation since Drew Fickett has withdrawn from their June 14 bout:
“My plan right now, as you and I speak, is to fight him on June 14,” Shaw said. “The question is, can we get him the right opponent?”
If the search poses trouble, Shields’ bout could be moved to September — not July — because Shaw is contemplating holding off on a second CBS event until the end of summer. With television sweeps in effect, Shaw said the Sept. 13 or 20 would be the likely date for the card. The status of July’s card will be determined in the next two weeks.
A September date would make a lot more sense. It would give the promotion and its top stars ample time to prepare for the second show. Plus, with the UFC dropping fighters left and right from their roster, EliteXC may be able to pick up a few quality fighters to add to a September card. With such a huge opportunity at hand, they really should take the time to make sure everything is right.