On May 31, 2008 Elite XC broadcasted the very 1st ever MMA event on network television in the United States on CBS, as Kimbo Slice fought James Thompson (and ‘the ear’) in the main event. The card’s co-main saw Robbie Lawler in an epic middleweight title fight with Scott Smith, that was unfortunately called off prematurely due to an inadvertent eye poke, but the bout was still one for the ages none the less. Also on the main card, MMA pioneer Gina Carano earned a 2nd round TKO of Kaitlin Young, Joey Villasenor TKO’d Phil Baroni in the 1st, and Brett Rogers knocked out Jon Murphy in 61 seconds. Join Bloody Elbow’s own Fraser Coffeen and Eddie Mercado as we take a look back at this historic event!
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Elite XC Primetime Main Card on CBS:
Kimbo Slice def. James Thompson by TKO at :38 of round 3: Heavyweight
Robbie Lawler NC (Eye Poke) Scott Smith: Middleweight Title
Gina Carano def. Kaitlin Young by TKO (Doc Stoppage) at 3:00 of round 2: Catchweight of 140 lbs
Joey Villasenor def. Phil Baroni by TKO at 1:11 of round 1: Middleweight
Brett Rogers def. Jon Murphy by KO at 1:01 of round 1: Heavyweight
Chris Liguori def. Jim Bova by TKO (Cut) at 4:31 of round 1: 160 lbs
Carlton Haselrig def. Carlos Moreno by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 5:00 of round 1: Heavyweight
Matt Makowski def. Nick Serra by DQ Referee Stoppage (Refusal to get up from butt scoot) at 3:57 of round 2: Lightweight
Wilson Reis def. Justin Robbins by Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:06 of round 1: 140 lbs
James Jones def. Calvin Kattar Submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:49 of round 1: Bantamweight
Zach Makovsky def. André Soares by Unanimous Decision (29–28, 29–26, 29–26): Bantamweight
Joe Sampieri def. Mike Groves by TKO (punches) at 4:58 of round 1: Decision
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