The following proposed card is based on no inside information. The card below is simply what I think the second EliteXC show on CBS should look like:
Main Event: Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith for the EliteXC middleweight title
Co-Main Event: Antonio Silva vs. Brett Rogers for the vacant EliteXC heavyweight title
Special Attraction: Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. James Thompson
Female MMA Bout: Gina Carano vs. Shayna Baszler
I’ve got four matches instead of five because my guess is that CBS will want to avoid running long like they did the first time. Cutting the televised portion of the show from five fights to four would help create some time.
With only four fights, it’s such a tough call. There has to be a way to get EliteXC’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Jake Shields, some exposure. Nick Diaz is also someone ideally you’d like to have on a show but it’s tough to invest marketing dollars behind him when he’s always surrounded by controversy. Eddie Alvarez, Paul Daley, and Wilson Reis are all worthy of being on a second show as well, but I think using familiar names and slowly incorporating new ones into the rotation is the way to go.
What do you think?