Gary Shaw: Dana White's (Far) More Annoying Twin
Where do you think Kimbo fits in among the top heavyweights in MMA?
I don't know...In his standup game, he is probably number one. I don't think on the ground he's in the top 10. As a striker, he's probably number one.
It's fairly funny to me that Shaw does everything that we have complained about Dana doing and makes it 10 times worse. Dana's comments about Fedor not being the best in the world are annoying, but not nearly as bad as this.
The rest of this ridiculous interview with Gary Shaw is worth reading: where he says things like he doesnt want fedor because he hasnt fought anybody in a long time.
Elite XC on CBS ratings reach 6.51 million viewers
Ratings for the final 51 minutes of CBS’s inaugural CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS mixed martial arts broadcast (11:00-11:51 PM, ET/PT), which were unavailable Sunday, delivered an average audience of 6.12 million viewers, according to updated Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Saturday, May 31. The audience peaked at 6.51 million viewers from 11:30-11:51 PM which featured the night’s main event — Kimbo Slice’s victory over James Thompson.
CBS Executive Responds To Critics Of MMA Debut
In life and network television, there are tradeoffs.
Kelly Kahl, Senior Executive Vice President for CBS Primetime television, found out you can’t please everybody, especially when perfection is the standard.
On the mixed martial arts message forums mere hours after the conclusion of CBS’s grand MMA experiment, “CBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fights,” Kahl realized that few fans were ready to give his product a ticker tape parade. Much of the feedback was downright nasty.
“I thought some of it was fair,” he said. “I think in some cases you have people out there who… basically, if it’s not UFC it’s not credible.
“We have a little work to do with the hardcore fans and that’s something we’ll certainly address next time. But I think in terms of getting new people in I think we did a fantastic job.”
CBS: Second EliteXC Event Likely for Late Summer/Fall
A second EliteXC event is looking probable for CBS after a strong debut on broadcast television, says the network's Primetime Senior Executive Vice President Kelly Kahl.
Preliminary ratings data for CBS's Saturday Night Fights featuring EliteXC were released by Showtime on Sunday, and the numbers were promising. (CBS and Showtime, which also broadcasts EliteXC and ShoXC on its pay premium cable channel, are both owned by Viacom.)
EliteXC "Primetime" scored a 2.7 rating in its 9-11 p.m. slot, with data still pending for the card's Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson-James Thompson (Pictures) main event, after the show ran one hour past its scheduled slot.
According to a Showtime press release, CBS enjoyed first place ratings in adults 25-54 (1.9), adults 18-49 (1.9), adults 18-34 (1.9), men 25-54 (2.6), men 18-49 (2.5) and men 18-34 (2.6).
The network also saw substantial gains in the Saturday primetime slot with the coveted young male demographics, including a 127% rise in men 18-49 and a whopping +271% jump in men 18-34.
Kaitlin Young: 'CBS didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS'
“My left cheek and area surrounding the eye are looking pretty ugly today, but there was no major damage. Though it may have looked like it on tv, I never actually had an open wound. What you didn’t see was that the doctor actually cleared me to fight the third round but the commission said ‘no.’ I wanted to continue, my corner wanted to continue. The cut likely would have opened in the third but it was under the eye. If I had to guess, I would say that they didn’t want the visual of a woman with a bloody face on CBS. They also chose not to do a post fight interview with me or to include me in the post fight news conference and after party. I think the reason for that was my beat up appearance after the fight because I was not seriously injured and was completely coherent. I am very disappointed about that but cant help but wonder how people would have responded to that, as stupid as it is. “
– Kaitlin Young — who did not answer the bell for the third and final round of her fight with Gina Carano at Elite XC: “Primetime” on CBS — shares her thoughts via FighterGirls.com on the stoppage.
CBS scores with initial ratings for EliteXC's "Saturday Night Fights"
The first EliteXC show Saturday night on CBS won its time period and drew an audience of more than four million viewers during the first two hours of the broadcast.
According to preliminary Nielsen ratings for Saturday, the 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern portion of the show did a 2.7 rating and a 5 share, an audience of 4.3 million viewers. "Saturday Night Fights" swept the two-hour time slot in adults and males, leading the ratings’ pack in the following demographics: adults 25-54 (1.9/6 share), adults 18-49 (1.9/6), adults 18-34 (1.9/7), men 25-54 (2.6/8), men 18-49 (2.5/8) and men 18-34 (2.6/10).
Ratings among males are particularly strong and outpaced most industry projections, which had the broadcast pegged for a 2 rating.
These numbers are very encouraging for CBS and EliteXC, especially since viewers for the most-anticipated fight of the evening – Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson versus James Thompson – are not included in the ratings. Preliminary national numbers for Saturday night include only the 9 to 11 p.m. prime-time portion of the broadcast and do not include the main event, which aired after 11 p.m.
While the national ratings do not include the Ferguson-Thompson fight, ratings are available from the 54 "metered local markets," and the numbers are huge. The broadcast gained in every half-hour in those markets, beginning with a 2.4/5 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and peaking at a 4.7/10 from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. during the main event.
Complete ratings will be available Tuesday.
MMA's network debut mocks true sport
It sounded like such a good idea when the news broke a few months ago that CBS would broadcast a series of mixed martial arts cards in prime time.
But after watching its effort on Saturday’s Elite XC show from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the good news might be if CBS opts not to do another show.
These were supposed to be the professionals who would show the amateurs at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who do their own production, how it’s supposed to be done.
And while neophyte play-by-play man Gus Johnson acquitted himself well and analysts Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock didn’t embarrass themselves, the broadcast dragged on interminably.
There was more chatting than “The Tonight Show.” Fighters were introduced as they made long, slow walks to the cage, then were introduced again once they hit the cage. Given that the show went 45 minutes over its allotted time, what do you want to bet the ring walks will be eliminated if there is another show on CBS?
Kimbo Slice in the NY Times
Today's New York Times has a big feature on Kimbo in today's edition. This is a big deal. The New York Times sets the agenda for virtually every other media outlet in the country. It's even handed and somewhat sympathetic.
...when the Elite XC fight league and CBS broadcast the sport’s live network television debut from Newark on Saturday, the two companies are largely hinging their success on Ferguson, a 34-year-old native of the Bahamas and former street fighter who may become the mixed martial arts equivalent of Mike Tyson in his prime — or a major bust if he is ultimately outclassed by the sport’s elite fighters.
MMA on CBS, What Does It All Mean?
Some very astute analysis of the implications of the CBS/Elite XC show from the "new guy" at MMA Payout, Andrew Falzon:
Unlike pay per view or even Spike TV, the CBS EliteXC broadcast will reach virtually every home in America with a television. According to SNL Kagan, that number is over 112-million homes. Consider that the UFC does between 400,000-600,000 pay per view buys, and you get an idea of how big of a stage CBS provides.
Thought this was a really interesting article, hope you guys agree.......
Lawler vs. Smith II could headline next CBS event
After a less-than-suitable ending to an exciting, back-and-forth match-up between EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith left many searching for a definitive conclusion, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw said the company hopes to host the rematch as a main event on their next CBS broadcast.
Shaw even went so far as to ponder aloud a possible title for the show: "Unfinished Business."
"We've got to check Robbie, how he is physically, and how Scott (who suffered a broken right foot during the bout) is physically," Shaw said. "If they're both ready to do it again, I would assume they would fight on our next CBS show."
Saturday's title fight, which served as a co-main event to Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson's third-round TKO of James Thompson, ended in anticlimactic no-contest after Lawler (15-4) caught Smith (13-4) with an inadvertent eye poke in the third round. Smith maintained he was OK to continue, but officials refused to let the bout continue.
Bloody Elbow Exclusive: Judges Scorecards for Slice/Thompson
Just got a call from BE editor in chief Luke Thomas in Newark at the Elite SC event.
Luke got his hands on the judges scorecards and here's how they had it scored:
All three judges scored the first round 10-9 for James Thompson.
But in the 2nd round it got weird as Bittencourt scored it 10-9 Thompson, Crosby scored it 10-8 Thompson and Colon gave it to Kimbo, 10-9.
Something rotten in Newark ladies and gentlemen.
Elite XC Recap 'Saturday Night Fights'
Controversy — a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
Is there a better word to describe Elite XC’s “Saturday Night Fights”?
Let’s forget for a moment about the Scott Smith stoppage and the Kaitlin Young stoppage and let’s focus for now on the Kimbo Slice stoppage of James Thompson.
First let me say this: What kind of success would Elite XC be expecting to have heading into the future if its “franchise” — Kimbo Slice — were to lose to a hand-picked opponent and get exposed as nothing more than a street fighter with no real MMA skills?
Probably not too much.
EliteXC: If It's on TV, It Must Be Good!
Well, this is it, folks. After years of government and media backlash, countless steps back and some memorably disastrous runs at the mainstream, MMA finally makes its major network debut with none other than Gary Shaw leading the way.
Hard to believe but EliteXC has made its mainstream push behind an odd assortment like reformed YouTube brawler Kimbo Slice and female MMA superstar Gina Carano. Both will be present and accounted for come 9 p.m. Saturday night on CBS and so should you if for no other reason than to see if John McCain shows up and tries to call the whole thing off. Gotta admit, it would be good for a few laughs.
Kimbo Slice = Hulk Hogan
I keep hearing people harp on the fact that Kimbo Slice is main eventing the first ever major network MMA broadcast despite a somewhat dubious background and questionable current skill set. I don't think that the fans who are down on the idea have their hearts in the wrong place. But I am positive that the same can not be said for their heads.
Is Kimbo the Next Butterbean?
In the late 1990s, the boxing community unveiled a cartoonish giant named Eric Esch - "Butterbean." A big galoot with no formal training, he got his break via the old bar-brawl contest known as the Toughman series. He was The Next Big Thing.
Except he wasn't, and the farce played a large role in boxing's decline.
"EliteXC: PRIMETIME" weigh-in results
NEWARK, N.J. - MMAjunkie.com is on scene for today's "EliteXC: PRIMETIME" weigh-ins, which are being held at the Prudential Center in Newark. N.J.
The same venue hosts Saturday's nationally televised CBS event, which features a main event of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. James Thompson, as well as an EliteXC middleweight title fight between champ Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith.
Weigh-in results will be posted live beginning at approximately 2 p.m. ET.
Also, stay tuned later today for a photo gallery of the day's events.
MAIN CARD (TELEVISED)
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (235.5) vs. James Thompson (257)
EliteXC champ Robbie Lawler (184.5) vs. Scott Smith (184.5)
Gina Carano (144.5) * vs. Kaitlin Young (140.5)
Jon Murphy (260.5) vs. Brett Rogers (263.5)
Phil Baroni (185) vs. Joey Villasenor (184.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (INTERNET)
Carlton Haselrig (263) vs. Carlos Moreno (261)
Jim Bova (160.5) vs. Chris Liguori (161)
Matt Makowski (171) vs. Nick Serra (167)
Wilson Reis (140.5) vs. Justin Robbins (140.5)
James "Binky" Jones (154.5) vs. Calvin Kattar (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UN-AIRED)
Zach Makovsky (135) vs. Andre Soares (134)
Mike Groves (154) vs. Joe Sampieri (155)
* - New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Nick Lembo told MMAjunkie