EliteXC “Heat” Fighter Payouts

Fighter Payouts are out for EliteXC “Heat”. Amon the bigg winners of the night are Kimbo Slice, Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson. Kimbo made $35,714 a second for his disappointing 14 sec. loss to Seth Petruzelli.

It is important to note that Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson were paid by Affliction MMA, Not EliteXC.

Total: $1,319,000

Seth Petruzelli: $50,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson: $500,000

Jake Shields: $50,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Paul Daley: $12,000

Andrei Arlovski: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Roy Nelson: $80,000

Gina Carano: $25,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Kelly Kobold: $6,000

Benji Radach: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Murilo “Ninja” Rua: $35,000

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus)
def. Yoko Takahashi: $2,000

Conor Heun: $5,000 ($2,500 win bonus)
def. Edson Berto: $6,000

Mikey Gomez: $4,000 ($2,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenzo Borgomeo: $1,500

Bryan Hamade: $1,000 ($500 win bonus)
def. David Gomez: $1,000

Nicolae Cury: $1,500 ($750 win bonus)
def. Jorge Bouchet: $1,000

EliteXC Bribing Its Fighters? Seth Petruzelli Thought So

With all the shadiness of the first EliteXC on CBS show still on our minds, it looks like we finally have some proof that EliteXC is influencing its fighters so that its cash cow (Kimbo Slice) doesn’t have to expose the weakness in his ground game.

Seth Petruzelli is claiming he was approached by EliteXC promoters and hinted at changing his game plan to keep the fight standing.

Seth Petruzelli on Monsters in the Morning radio show:

“My original plan was to throw out push kicks, have him think that I’m gonna throw them more, and then to shoot in on him, obviously. But the promoters kind of hinted to me, and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him.”

Is MMA going the way of boxing? Should we start drinking that UFC Koolaid and start thinking of the promotion as a brand like in the NFL or MLB?.

Just A Road Block, Or The Death Of EliteXC

It took only seconds for a short, choppy right hand to drop Kimbo Slice, which may have also delivered the crippling blow to the entire Elite XC organization.
 
Kimbo built his legend bullying smaller and less imposing opposition. On Saturday night, the same type of challenger humbled Slice. Giving up 30 pounds and two inches, Seth Petruzelli buried the momentous hype that was Kimbo Slice.
 
Ken Shamrock was handpicked to showcase Kimbo’s talent. He was the perfect opponent for Kimbo to display his highly touted knockout power. From a fighting standpoint, the fight was a very favorable match up for Kimbo. Shamrock had lost seven of his previous eight fights and hadn’t won since 2004. Still, he was a marquee name in the sport and would have been the perfect opponent marketing wise. That was before the main event got called off, leaving Elite XC officials in a dire situation.
 
A freak cut brow, suffered on his final night of training, preventing Shamrock from appearing against Kimbo. Instead, an experienced journeyman known only for his previous stint on the Ultimate Fighter and subsequent UFC losses took a gigantic slice out of Kimbo’s legendary status.
 
Elite XC initially started as a promising mixed martial arts organization. Unfortunately, they have slowly deteriorated, becoming a fledgling, circus like promotion. Instead of diversifying their talent pool to include several elite fighters, Elite XC built their product around a raw prospect in Kimbo. But, banking solely on an MMA novice in such an unpredictable sport is a dangerous gamble. And, the loss to Petruzelli is a deflating blow to the organization’s biggest star and leaves them starving for ratings and in desperate need of another famous face.
 
The promotion does have several other talented fighters in its stable. Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, Antonio Silva and even Nick Diaz are all quality fighters. The problem is they simply do not have enough drawing power to carry an organization.
 
Jake Shields retained his title after fighting a very game and tough Paul Daley. The challenger fought admirably, but Shields battled back en route to winning a dominating, albeit hard earned, submission victory. Shields, is just not an awe-inspiring fighter and most of his bouts take place on the ground.
 
Gina Carano, the organization’s next biggest star, looked solid in her victory. The face of women’s MMA always provides entertaining bouts. Except, women’s MMA is not yet significant enough to save a drowning company. Ultimately, Kimbo was the key to their success or failure.
 
Truth is, it was only a matter of time before Kimbo was exposed. After all, he was very inexperienced as an MMA fighter and was already 34-years-old.
 
Still, Elite XC had gone to great lengths in order to choose Kimbo’s opponents carefully. They anticipated that by the time he was exposed, the organization would have been able to milk the most money and notoriety out of the Internet sensation.
 
Kimbo was supposed to be their cash cow, yet it took only 14-seconds to bring those expectations to a grinding halt, potentially derailing Elite XC in the process.