EliteXC “Unfinished Business” took place earlier this evening at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. A portion of the card aired on Showtime. The main card was broadcast live on CBS. This event was the second mixed martial arts event to air on major network television.
Three titles were on the line tonight.
Antonio Silva looked to stake his claim as the EliteXC Heavyweight Champion in a match against former UFC fighter Justin Eilers.
Jake Shields finally got his opportunity to compete for a championship belt as he faced off the always dangerous Nick Thompson.
In a rematch from EliteXC’s network television debut, Robbie Lawler looked to defend his middleweight crown against Scott Smith. The first fight ended in controversy when Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye causing the doctors to stop the fight.
Nick Diaz, Rafael Feijao, Shayna Baszler, Wilson Reis and Cris Cyborg were also in action.
Results after the jump.
- Robbie Lawler defeats Scott Smith via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Nick Diaz defeats Thomas Denny via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jake Shields defeats Nick Thompson via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defeats Shayna Baszler via Knockout in Round Two
- David Douglas defeats Marlon Mathias via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Antonio Silva defeats Justin Eilers via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante defeats Travis Galbraith via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Wilson Reis defeats Brian Caraway via Unanimous Decision
- Carl Seumantafa defeats Mike Cook via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Drew Montgomery defeats Brandon Tarn via TKO (Cut) in Round Three
- Anthony Ruiz defeats Jeromy Freitag via Unanimous Decision
Most people thought Wilson Reis was going to run through Brian Caraway. That didn’t happen. Caraway put up a much better fight than I thought, and got the better of Reis on the feet, landing some solid shots in the process. However, Reis took him down throughout the fight and won the positional control battle, which turned out to be the deciding factor. Solid win for Reis, but he obviously has some work to do on his striking.
Rafael Feijao blasted Galbraith with his fists and knees just like everyone thought he would. Not much else to say about that. Too bad EliteXC’s light heavyweight division is almost nonexistent, because I’d really like to see him take a step up in competition.
Antonio Silva is EliteXC’s first ever heavyweight champion. It comes as no surprise that Silva dispatched of Justin Eilers like he did. Eilers put up a good fight and he’s appeared to have improved since his stint in the UFC, but in the end Silva was just too big, too skilled, and had too much of a reach advantage for Eilers to overcome. It’s time to see Silva defend his title against a legitimate contender.
How about Cris Cyborg? I was nervous for Shayna throughout the whole fight, just waiting for Cyborg to tag her. Once Shayna was visibly gassed in the second, that’s exactly what happened. Cyborg delivered a ton of devastating shots that all but ended the fight. I’ve never seen a fighter jump on the cage thinking the fight was over when it wasn’t. That could have been a huge mistake if Baszler was able to recover. Luckily for Cyborg, Baszler was pretty much done at that point. Great fight. I don’t know why some people don’t like women’s MMA because that was a highly entertaining fight. Gina Carano vs Cris Cyborg at Saturday Night Fights 3? I’d like to see it.
Jake Shields was a man on a mission. I thought Jake would end up winning, but I never expected it to happen so fast. Good to finally see Shields get his belt. Too bad there aren’t any other top ten welterweights in EliteXC to challenge him though. Nice try by Shields in the post-fight interview to call out the winner of GSP/Fitch to determine the undisputed welterweight champion in world. Shields is ranked #3 in WAMMA’s rankings so according to them it would be #1 vs. #2. Too bad the UFC will never go for it. Nice job by Shields to plant that seed in the viewers minds though.
It was announced during the Kimbo Slice interview that Saturday Night Fights 3 would take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Kimbo’s backyard (excuse the bad pun) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
What a great fight between Nick Diaz and Thomas Denny. Diaz started out slow, but once he got going Denny didn’t have anything that was going to stop him. That was definitely one of the better rounds of the year, and it’s great it happened on network television. The post-fight interview was just as entertaining as the fight. I don’t think Gus Johnson knew what he was getting into with Nick Diaz. Classic. Noons vs. Diaz II anybody?
While not quite as good as their first fight, Lawler vs. Smith II delivered another edge of your seat stand up battle. I was really hoping it would last longer than two rounds, but thats how it goes. MMA fights can end at any moment, and Lawler just took everything out of Smith with those knees to the body that ended the fight. Sounds like Lawler might have a date with Frank Shamrock in the fall.
I have to give kudos to EliteXC and CBS for tightening up the production. They fixed everything that was wrong with the first one. It felt like a mixed martial arts event, not Monday Night RAW.
All in all, it was a great event. All the fights were highly entertaining, and for the most part, the newer viewers got the opportunity to see the diversity of mixed martial arts. In short, it was everything that the first event should have been. Let’s hope a lot of people tuned in to see it. If you chose to watch the replay of UFC 84 instead, as good as that event was, you really missed out.
Great job EliteXC!