ESPN’s Jim Rome Comments on EliteXC Primetime on CBS

In comment I mean “Hates”. The refereeing was a joke, but what did you really expect from a guy who was making his third professional fight. Lawler-Smith was a battle. Carano looked good for the shape she was in.

I’m all for MMA being on Primetime, but more in the form of a highlight show, because you know CBS has to much to lose if something goes horribly wrong live on network television.

EliteXC Primetime Post-Fight Press Conference

Imagine a motley crue of happy, winning fighters mixed with bruised and battered, losing fighters…then throw in some blood thirsty reporters. Let’s just say that Gary Shaw was smart in letting all the fighters say their peace first and let us ask questions later. I won’t get into all the boring details of the press conference, but here were some highlights:

James Thompson stopped in before he went to the hospital (he was having trouble breathing) — he seemed so humble. Very classy guy.
Brett Rogers made a seemingly innocent comment about Kimbo’s fighting ability (of course, Kimbo was not yet in the room).
Kimbo came in as Gina Carano was speaking. Suddenly no one cared what she was saying anymore.

And then the s**t hits the fan. Once the press is allowed to start asking questions, people go for the jugular. Someone pretty much tells Kimbo what Rogers said…and that’s when there’s suddenly a swarm on the stage. Lawler is holding Kimbo back. Baroni is holding Rogers back. Both their corners are trash talking. I even get my foot stepped on by someone scrambling to get up there. But finally things are calmed down and the press can start firing away again. A few minutes go by of harmless questions. Then, hands shaking and heart racing, I decided to be brave. I ask Robbie Lawler if he’s disappointed that his fight wasn’t the main event despite being a championship fight. Robbie laughs and jokes that it doesn’t matter to him because he’d get paid the same either way. I’m relieved…until Shaw grabs the mike and looks at me. He tells me that that was an aggressive question, and that ALL the fights were equal, they were ALL main events. Yeah, yeah whatever. And I bet he doesn’t play favorites with his kids either.

EliteXC “Primetime” Kimbo vs. Thompson Results Live

EliteXC “Primetime” sets it off Saturday May 31 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The ground breaking show broadcasts live on CBS, making it on the first MMA show to debut on network TV.

EliteXC Primetime Main Card

Preliminary Bouts

  • Nick Serra vs. Matt Makowski
    Result: Matt Makowski defeats Nick Serra by TKO (Wouldn’t Get Up From Butt Scoot) at 3:57 of R2.
  • Zach Makovsky vs. Andre Soares
    Result: Zach Makovsky defeats Andres Soares Unanimous Decision.
  • Wilson Reis vs. Justin Robbins
    Result: Wilson Reis defeats Justin Robbins by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:06 of R1.
  • James Jones vs. Calvin Kattar
    Result: James Jones defeats Calvin Kattar by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:49 of R1.
  • Mike Groves vs. Joe Sampieri
    Result: Joe Sampieri defeats Mike Groves by TKO (Strikes) at 4:58 of R1.
  • Carlton Haselrig vs. Carlos Moreno
    Result: Carlton Haselrig defeats Carlos Moreno by TKO (Corner Stoppage) end of R1.
  • Jim Bova vs. Chris Liguori
    Result: Chris Liguori defeats Jim Bova by TKO (Cut) at 4:31 of R1.
EliteXC Primetime Links
EliteXC Primetime Videos

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