While a press release promised by EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw regarding details pertaining to the promotion’s first show CBS never materialized on Wednesday, FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) has learned key details through multiple sources about the show that we can now report.
The show is expected to take place on May 31 in New Jersey. While a specific location has not been finalized, the Prudential Center in Newark is considered the likeliest candidate to host the show. The Prudential Center is the same venue in which UFC 78 was held this past November.
It has been confirmed that the show will be headlined by Kimbo Slice against a yet to be named opponent. It is possible that the opponent has been finalized, but we have not be able to determine his identity.
While Slice’s opponent is not known, we do know that Scott Smith will be taking on Robbie Lawler in a five round fight in which Lawler’s EliteXC middleweight title will be on the line.
Gina Carano is also expected to make her return to the promotion on the show against a yet to be determined opponent. Shaw hinted as Carano’s involvement on the show while speaking during a Tuesday conference call to promote the March 29 bout between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le.
Based on the current configuration of EliteXC’s women’s division, Kaitlin Young and Cris Cyborg would have to be considered the leading candidates to oppose Carano on the show.
A swing bout featuring heavyweight prospects Brett Rogers and Jon Murphy is also in the works as well, although bout agreements by both parties have yet to be signed. It is believed that both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup. The proposed match between Rogers and Murphy would serve as a swing bout.
We will have more details as they become available.