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Bonnar426 07-27-2008 07:35 PM

Did EliteXC cheapen its own Heavyweight Division and its Champion???
 
Now BBj7 brought up the point that the reason Silva/Eiliers wasn't aired was because they couldn't afford to have three title fights in a two hour span. So instead of being a co-main event (Like most championship fights) it was actually put on the prelims. Prelims are the unaired fights that gives the live audience feel like they are getting there money's worth. Are only chance of seeing it is if a whole bunch of fights ended quickly, watch Showtime, or go on there website and pay $3.95 to view it. Now I can understand that putting this fight in the main event would have been dangerous. If all three title fights went 5 rounds it could have gone past the two hour mark (Thats including the fighter bio's introductions, and interviews). My question, did EliteXC cheapen there HW division by not airing a championship fight? Also, how does this effect Antonio Silva?

IMO: Just the fact that they couldn't wait for the next EXC event to put this fight on shows there really not interested in there HW division! Also, it shows Antonio will still be No.2 next to Kimbo even though he is the champion!

_RIVAL_ 07-27-2008 07:48 PM

It is completly dangerous what they're doing with Silva.

He is a real heavyweight fighter. Well rounded and dangerous. They need to showcase him. Give him the spotlight the same way it was given to Kimbo. Allow his fanbase to build.

He's more marketable in my opinion. Marketing him would pay off in dividends.

70seven 07-27-2008 08:15 PM

I agree, if a title had to be put in the prelims it should have been the welterweight title fight.

One thing to consider, and this goes two ways. For the less hardcore MMA/Kimbo fans, I mean Kimbo is the face of Elite XC, why not have the HW title fight on the CBS live show, so Kimbo fans could now see that Kimbo can chase a title. Or did they put Silva in the prelims on purpose so the Kimbo fans won't see Silva. If people start asking for a Silva VS Kimbo match right now it would never happen, disappointing to fans, and if it ever happens Kimbo would get destroyed.

Hett 07-27-2008 08:20 PM

It was pathetic. Either get a longer telivised window or don't schedule 3 title fights in the same night.

DropKick 07-27-2008 10:21 PM

They cheapened their own HW Division, but they also really cheapened their own MW division as well. Did anyone else catch when they showed Anderson Silva in the crowd? The announcers were calling the him the best pound for pound fighter on the planet and they even mentioned he was the current UFC Middle Weight Champion. This was all just before their own MW title fight!

Toxic 07-27-2008 10:38 PM

I still cant believe they didnt air this fight, its really absurd!! Hey Antonio, your by far the most talented fighter in our HW division, and the HW divisions are always super popular wether its in MMA or boxing but we'll gonna put you on the prelims to make way for a couple chicks and Nick Diaz, ok? WTF :confused02:

TKOSPIKE 07-27-2008 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 622691)
I still cant believe they didnt air this fight, its really absurd!! Hey Antonio, your by far the most talented fighter in our HW division, and the HW divisions are always super popular wether its in MMA or boxing but we'll gonna put you on the prelims to make way for a couple chicks and Nick Diaz, ok? WTF :confused02:

well it was nick diaz's hometownn soo..:dunno: haha

Hett 07-27-2008 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 622691)
couple chicks and Nick Diaz, ok? WTF :confused02:

The only time I want to see two women fight is when there is at least a possibility of them making out or a wardrobe malfunction.

Toxic 07-27-2008 11:06 PM

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Originally Posted by TKOSPIKE (Post 622693)
well it was nick diaz's hometownn soo..:dunno: haha

Where the home town fans could come out to see him instead of staying home to watch him on TV.............

TKOSPIKE 07-27-2008 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 622706)
Where the home town fans could come out to see him instead of staying home to watch him on TV.............

they do the same with every popular fighter when they come to their hometown.


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