Elite XC is finally set to make history, staging the first-ever LIVE mixed martial arts event on network television tonight (May 31) on CBS at 9 p.m. ET.
The "Primetime" special on "Saturday Night Fights" will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
MMAmania.com is on the scene and will provide blow-by-blow, minute-by-minute, round-by-round coverage of the main card action below. In addition, we will provide up-to-the-minute quick results of the prelim bouts.
Remember, CBSSports.com will stream the undercard fights online, beginning at 7 p.m. and running right up until showtime at 9 p.m. ET.
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Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps and post-fight analysis after "Saturday Night Fights."
Without further delay, see below for the latest Elite XC "Primetime" results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
ELITE XC: "PRIMETIME" QUICK RESULTS:
Kimbo Slice vs. James "The Colossus" Thompson: Kimbo Slice via (T)KO in the 3rd round
Elite XC Middleweight Champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler vs. Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith: No contest due to inadvertant thumb to the eye at 3:26 of round 3
Joey Villasenor vs. Phil "The New York Badass" Baroni: Villasenor via (T)KO at 1:11 of the first round
Gina "Conviction" Carano vs. Kaitlin Young: Carano (T)KO in the 2nd round due to doctor not allowing Young to answer the bell for the third round
Brett "The Grim Rogers vs. Jon Murphy: Rogers via KO in the first round
Carlos Moreno vs. Carlton Haselrig: Haselrig (T)KO first round (Moreno could not answer the bell for the second round)
Chris Liguori vs. Jim Bova: Liguori via (T)KO at 4:31 of the second round due to a doctor stoppage (cuts)
Nick Serra vs. Matt Makowski: Makowski via (T)KO in the second round (Serra was awake but too tired to get up even after repeated warnings from the ref)
Wilson Reis vs. Justin Robbins: Ries via rear naked choke at 4:06 of round one (Remember that name, this guy is an animal)
James "Binky" Jones vs. Calvin Kattar: Binky Jones via rear naked choke at 4:49 of round one
Zach Makovsky vs. Andre Soares: Makovsky via unanimous decision
Mike Groves vs. Joe Sampieri: Sampieri (T)KO via ground and pound at 4:58 of the first round
ELITE XC: "PRIMETIME" LIVE BLOW-BY-BLOW COMMENTARY:
James prefight here: Its getting close to fight time maniacs. We'll be here all night with the blow by blow coverage. Get ready for a great night of fights. Lets get this party started.
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. James "The Colossus" Thompson (265-pound limit)
Round one: Thomspon grabs a leg and Kimbo throws him off. Kimbo throws some shots, but Thompson holds onto the leg and eventually gets the takedown. He's on top now and working the punches. Kimbo tries to stand up and Thompson stays on him. Side control now for Thompson. Kimbo works out and they're on their feet. Thompson stays clinched though. Thompson will not let go of Kimbo. Kimbo is working the knees to Thompson's legs trying to free himself up. Kimbo finally pushes out. Jab from Thompson. Kimbo trips and Thompson chases. Kimbo now with the takedown and he's on top. Kimbo looking for the choke, thompson tries to stand up and falls right into side control. He traps Kimbo's arm and he's working the punches again. Kimbo is in a bad position, but sweeps and gets into thompson's half guard, now in full guard. Kimbo lands a left from the top position just as the bell rings. Wow! Nice round for Thompson. He did what he had to and probably won a close round.
Round two: Kimbo with a body punch then a big right hand. Thompson shoots and Kimbo sprawls. Knee from Kimbo. Back to the clinch. Thompson with a Thai clinch and a big knee to Kimbo's head. Thompson gets the takedown again. Kimbo looks for the guillotine, but Thompson has side control. He's wroking the punches from there. Ref stands them up. Kimbo with a nice combo. He works the jab and eats one. big shots from Kimbo, Thompson's in trouble. But Thompson somehow gets another takedown. Both guys are tired. Thompson is back in side control, and working from there. Kimbo isn't doing anything, he looks dog tired. Elbow after elbow from Thompson. Kimbo is in trouble. Saved by the bell! Another close round, but I think you have to give it to Thompson. He's executing his gameplan way better. Kimbo looks gassed going back to his corner.
Round three: Kimbo lands a combo and Thompson's ear is spewing blood. Kimbo has him in deep trouble and the ref steps in. Kimbo falls down in exhaustion. That was a little premature if you ask me. Wow! I think Kimbo could have finished him, but Thompson was not out. Another contraversial stoppage. What a weird night.
Final result:: Kimbo Slice via (T)KO in the 3rd round.
"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler vs. Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith (185-pound limit)
Round one: Smith throw a head kick, Lalwer blocks. Lawler with a high kick attempt and Smith blocks. Lots of feeling each other out. Lawler with a nice leg kick uppercut combo. Smith with a leg kick of his own. Smith is really looking for the kicks. Big time exchange, hard to tell who got the better of it. Lawler is still working and pushing the pace though. He's got Smith back peddaling. Lawler wroks the jab and then lands a nice overhand right. More jabs from Lawler. Body kick from Lawler. Big right from Lawler and Smith looks stunned. Lawler is being careful not to pull a Pete Sell, but he's still pushing the pace. Smith is in trouble. He gets saved by the bell and stumbles back to his corner. Definitely Lawler's round. I'm not sure how much more Smith can take.
Round two: Both fighters exchange leg kicks. Lawler with a nice one two. Big body kick from Lawler. More kicks from Smith, but not much behind them. Smith lands a nice left hook. Lawler is doing a good job of mixing up his combos. Thai clinch from Smith and he lands a knee and then some huge punches. Lawler is stunned, but he fights back and lands some uppercuts. Lots of action. Lawler pushes Smith against the cage now and works the body. Another uppercut from Smith. Lawler keeps working, but both guys look tired now. Smith works the jab and Lawler just keeps coming. There's blood. Both guys look cut. Lots of action against the cage. Elbows and punches from Smith and the bell rings. Smith doesn't stumble back to his corner this time. That was his round. Great fight so far!
Round three: Leg kick from Smith. Then a jab. Lawler works the jab now. Jab from Smith. Lawler swings and misses with a big uppercut, but follows with 3 or 4 jabs. Big right hand from Scott Smith. But Lawler keeps coming. He's a machine. More jabs from Lawler. Lawler shoots and Smith sprawls. Lawler inadvertantly thumbs Smith's eye and the action stops momentarily.
The ringside doctor won't let Smith continue. What a huge disappointment. This was turning out to be a great fight.
We will see a rematch for sure. What a HUGE disappointment. Cheers to both fighters for showing a ton of heart.
Final result:: No contest due to doctor stoppage at 3:26 of the third round after an inadvertant thumb to the eye
Gina "Conviction" Carano vs. Kaitlin Young (140-pound limit)
Round one: Gina tries a kick and eats a punch. Gina gets the takedown. Young stands right back up. Another kick from Gina followed by a right hand. Gina eats a big right. Young is working the kicks. Young with a takedown from the clinch. Gina is just holding on in guard. Young stands up and lands a punch then a kick. Gina stans up and they go at it. Gina is making Young pay with big right hands every time she throws a kick. The round ends. Decent action, close round.
Round two: Jab from Young follwed by an overhand right from Gina. Gina now working the kicks. Young fires back with some of her own. Young looks tired. Gina moves in for the kill and Young clinches. Knees from Young. Another big jab from Gina and Young clinches again. Gina is winning most of the exchanges now. Young is in trouble...Gina with a big straight kick that floors Young. Gina jumps on her back and looks for the choke. She can't sink it in in time and Young is saved by the bell. Great action. Gina won that round for sure.
The fight is over! Kaitlin Young's face is a mess and the cageside doctor advises the ref to stop the fight. Best fight of the night so far. Big win for Gina Carano!
Final result:: Gina Carano via (T)KO 2nd round
Joey Villasenor vs. Phil "The New York Badass" Baroni (185-pound limit)
Round one: Head kick attempt from Joey and Baroni catches and takes him down. He lands a few shots on Joey while he's on his back then lets him back up. Both fighters exchange blows and Baroni shoots for another takedown, Joey sprawls and tries a guillotine. Baroni tries to get out by standing up and Villasenor makes him pay with a number of shots to the dome. The ref has to step in and thats it for Baroni.
Final result:: Joey Villasenor via (T)KO at 1:11 of the first round
Brett "The Grim Rogers vs. Jon Murphy (265-pound limit)
Round one: Leg kick from Murphy. Rogers misses a return leg kick. Uppercut from Rogers. Into the clinch. Murphy pushes Rogers against the fence. Rogers pushes out and swings and misses with a left, but follws with a HUGE right. Murphy goes down and thats it. The ref intervenes and Brett Rogers has another first round knockout.
Final result:: Brett Rogers via first round KO.