EliteXC successfully managed to open the eyes of the general public to MMA in a way that I feel will very negatively effect the sport.
First of all- I've criticized EliteXC in the past for their WWE-like appearance. The girls dancing in booty shorts, flames shooting from the entrance and bad announcing. I had hoped in the interest of being on network television they would forego the booty shorts dancers and the ridiculous fighter antics/entrances. No such luck.
It actually started halfway decent with Frank Shamrock explaining a bit about the sport and the positions/holds. Then the fights started. Or then the god awfulness started. Take your pick.
Viewers were greeted by a ridiculous entrance that would have made Roy Jones Jr. proud in the form of Busta Rhymes introducing Brett Rogers. The fight following the ridiculous entrance was no less unimpressive. I had considered Brett Rogers somewhat of a legitimate competitor before this nonsense. And before I saw the ridiculous arm flailing KO he later scored. Throwing punches like a street thug leads to victory, I guess.
From one circus to another Phil Baroni makes his entrance to the ring. I could never explain the amount of pity I felt for Joey Villasenor having to legitamize his contender status by fighting this washed up egomaniac. Sparkly red robe, gigantic sunglasses and bad dancing galore. All that flash and just a little bang before Villasenor put the lights out. 10-10, bravo Phil Baroni. Bravo.
From there we saw some decent competition put on by the women. One of the best shows of the night and definitely two of the more skilled competitors laid it on the line and put on an entertaining show. If Gina Carano hadn't missed weight at the weigh in this fight would have been an unblemished war. Good stoppage on the doctor's part for that fight. The cut was in a bad location and I think the knowledgeable peeps out there knew it was over when they saw the close up of Kaitlin in her corner.
Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith put on a show for the ages. Too bad the vast majority of ignoramusi that filled the arena didn't agree. What was a fantastic stand up war was marred by the absolutely ridiculous amount of booing going on in the arena. I literally wanted to jump through my TV and beat the shit out of every booing fan in that arena. I was fuming mad on my couch. What a fantastic bout absolutely ruined by the legions of Kimbo nut huggers filling the arena. Raw talent and competition right in their faces and they're all too stupid to even realize it. Absolutely disgusting. Unfortunately that wasn't the end of the spectacle. It had to be further marred by a ridiculous stoppage for a simple and accidental eye poke. You don't want to question the judgement of the doctor at ringside, but no true fan of MMA would be satisfied with that kind of ending to a fight of that caliber. Their next fight will be a true barn burner.
Kimbo vs. JT... well, we won't discuss that one. I'm sure you will be able to read 1,000 threads in the next few days discussing it. I won't add to the Kimbo posts in this one.
All in all I give the event a 3/10. Thanks for reading