In what ended up being a strange night at the EliteXC “Heat” card, former UFC fighter and TUF 2 veteran Seth Petruzelli stepped in to fight Kimbo Slice in the main event after Ken Shamrock pulled out due to a cut sustained over his left eye in training. Kimbo’s camp allegedly didn’t make a decision on whether or not take the fight with Petruzelli until about 6:20 ET according to the broadcast.
Petruzelli was supposed to fight Aaron Rosa during the preliminary bouts but the bout was scratched in favor of Petruzelli competing in the main event against Slice.
Petruzelli shocked the world, however, by beating Slice within seconds of the opening bell. He stunned Kimbo with a short right jab that put Kimbo on all fours and never looked back, raining down punches from Kimbo’s back and eventually forcing a stoppage by the referee.
Slice was so out of it from the barrage of punches that after the fight had been stopped by the referee and Petruzelli was celebrating, Kimbo was trying to secure a double leg takedown on the referee, thinking that it was Petruzelli that he was trying to take down.
Petruzelli said afterward that he respected Kimbo for taking the fight on short notice and Kimbo did the same.
In other action on the card, Gina Carano defeated a very game Kelly Kobold via unanimous decision. Carano used her height and reach advantage to pepper Kobold with shots from the outside. Whenever Kobold closed the distance on her Carano was able to stay on her feet and avoid all of Kobold’s takedown attempts with the exception of one.
Kobold showed a lot of heart, fighting through a huge cut above her left eye and taking Carano’s best punches and kicks on the way to losing a unanimous decision. Carano said after the fight that Kobold was her toughest test to date. It looks as if Carano is headed for a collision with Cris Cyborg, who defeated Yoko Takahashi via unanimous decision earlier in the evening.
Jake Shields also defended his title in the lead up bout to the main event, submitting Paul Daley via armbar at the end of the second round. Shields looked to be outdone on the feet but was dominant whenever the fight hit the ground, mounting Daley with ease and poured on huge elbows and punches from the top position. Daley was able to fend off a lot of Shields’ takedowns throughout the fight but Shields was relentless and controlled the action to make sure the fight ended up where he wanted it. Daley had no answer for Shields’ mount and eventually succumbed to a textbook armbar.
Shields indicated after the fight that he would like to step up to 185 lbs. to take on Robbie Lawler.
The two fighters on loan from Affliction, Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson, had an entertaining heavyweight battle in the third fight of the main card. The first round was mostly all Nelson as he was able to take Arlovski down, control him and work for submissions. When the fight hit the feet, however, it was Arlovski that took control. He dominated the second right by fending off Nelson’s takedown attempts and destroying him from the outside with good combinations and great power. He eventually was able to finish Nelson and put him down for the count at the end of round two.
In the first fight of the televised portion of the card, Benji Radach defeated Murilo Rua via TKO in the second round in what turned out to be a great slugfest. Rua took some huge shots from Radach at the beginning of the fight and was able to weather the storm and come back strong, landing some big shots of his own. Radach eventually capitalized on a missed knee from Rua and rained down bombs from top position to knock Rua out and end the fight.
Below are the full results from the card:
- Seth Petruzelli def. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson via TKO (strikes) ** Round 1, 0:14
- Jake Shields def. Paul Daley via submission (arm bar)** Round 2, 3:47
- Andrei Arlovski def. Roy Nelson via KO (punches) ** Round 2, 3:14
- Gina Carano def. Kelly Kobold via unanimous decision
- Benji Radach def. Murilo “Ninja” Rua via TKO (strikes)**Round 2, 2:31
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Yoko Takahashi via unanimous decision
- Conor Heun def. Edon Berto via TKO (strikes)** Round 2, 2:18
- Mikey Gomez def. Lorenzo Borgomeo via submission (arm bar) ** Round 2, 4:06
- Bryan Hamade def. David Gomez via submission (guillotine choke) **Round 1, 2:03
- Nicolae Cury def. Jorge Bouchet via submission (strikes)**Round 1, 1:35