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EliteXC, Affliction collaboration could be prelude to Fedor vs. Kimbo Slice

by Steve Sievert on Sep 25, 2008 at 11:25 am ET

As a single fight, Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson on next month's EliteXC "Saturday Night Fights" show on CBS doesn't do a whole lot for me.

If the "Pitbull" version of Arlovski who battered and stopped Ben Rothwell inside three rounds back in July shows up against Nelson, the bout could be over in a hurry, with Arlovski getting his hand raised and the scene shifting quickly to the next bout on the card.

It's what this fight means for the future of EliteXC and Affliction that has me counting the days to Oct. 4. Affliction's willingness to sublease Arlovski and Nelson puts fans a step closer to seeing, perhaps, the biggest fight to be made in mixed martial arts today – Fedor Emelianenko against Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.

At first blush such a match-up might seem laughable – the world's consensus No. 1 heavyweight versus a guy who's fought in MMA three times against opposition with a combined record of 33 wins and 34 losses – but tell me you haven't thought about it. I'm sure Affliction and EliteXC have. And, getting Arlovski and Nelson into the EliteXC mix on CBS is a move that demonstrates that both organizations are willing to back up the talk about their desire to work with other promotions to make big fights.

Few fights would be bigger than Fedor vs. Slice.

Randy Couture's recent reconciliation with the UFC put speculation about a potential Couture-Emelianenko fight back on the front burner. However, with EliteXC and Affliction forging a partnership, which could even lead to a merger down the road, it becomes more likely that both organizations would work together to keep the UFC from making a buck off of a Couture-Emelianenko fight. Matching Emelianenko and Slice is the best way for EliteXC and Affliction to generate interest in their respective promotions, rack up hundreds of thousands of pay-per-view buys, and kick sand in the face of the UFC.

There is certainly plenty of work to be done to turn Emelianenko into a fighting brand in the States. He's fought here only twice and has little recognition beyond the hardcore MMA fan base. Slice, on the other hand, is as mainstream a fighter as there is in MMA. On paper, the fight might be a skills mismatch, but it's a marketer's dream and would be huge.

After the UFC was unable to come to contract terms with Emelianenko last year, UFC President Dana White started publicly bashing the once-beaten Russian, criticizing the quality of his opponents and saying he wasn't even a top five heavyweight. While money has a way of helping a fighter forget about that type of criticism, I would think Emelianenko and his camp would find great satisfaction from still being able to land a huge payday without having to go through White and the UFC to get it. EliteXC and Slice would deliver such a windfall.

EliteXC and Affliction need to do something dramatic to break the UFC's stranglehold on the MMA market. Collaborating on a national stage on CBS is an intriguing first step, but there's another fight out there that has a whole lot more potential.

:rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao:

Let's hope for the sake of the sport and Kimbo's career that this doesn't happen

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:rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao:

Let's hope for the sake of the sport and Kimbo's career that this doesn't happen

i just became afraid for kimbo. there is no way in heck that he can even last 1 round with fedor..

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:rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao::rotflmao:

Let's hope for the sake of the sport and Kimbo's career that this doesn't happen

That is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. There is nooooooo way that is going to happen any time soon.

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yeah the WEC really only has 2 credible MW's in Fihlo & Sonnen. and LHW they only have one fighter with some potential in Cantwell (he's only 21)

Stann will probably be pulled over because he's marketable, but he's 1 dimensional and not that good at that one dimension.

UFC should send the WEC some of their lower tier WW guys and LW guys

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yeah the WEC really only has 2 credible MW's in Fihlo & Sonnen. and LHW they only have one fighter with some potential in Cantwell (he's only 21)

Stann will probably be pulled over because he's marketable, but he's 1 dimensional and not that good at that one dimension.

UFC should send the WEC some of their lower tier WW guys and LW guys

Maybe Chris Lytle could not suck in the WEC lol

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Right around midway through the new MMALive, they reveal some poll they took for who should be on MMA's Mount Rushmore.

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3608692&categoryId=2881270&n8pe6c=2

They are as follows:

1) Royce Gracie

2) Fedor Emelianenko

3) Randy Couture

4) Chuck Liddell

First off, I think there is something fundementally wrong with Randy being on that list. Sakuraba definitley meant more to Japan than Randy does to the U.S. I also have a hard time accepting that Royce is #1 when Saku out-jitsed him and his bros throughout his career.

Then again, it's too early to make a Mt. Rushmore for MMA.

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So ufc.com has this story about a sparring workout that Chuck did in the Phillipines last week.

Story: http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=14687

Video: http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=VideoPlayer.home&gid=14689

When he's sparring in the video, he's fighting with his right hand up, he uses a bunch of kicks and he takes this dude down and moves to side control on him....now why doesn't he do that during real fights?

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When he's sparring in the video, he's fighting with his right hand up, he uses a bunch of kicks and he takes this dude down and moves to side control on him....now why doesn't he do that during real fights?

Nice link.

Not that you don't know this, 99- but it's worth mentioning that the other guy was a virtual workout dummy and Chuck probably has these habits fresh in mind after getting demolished. :)

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