EliteXC "Heat" Thoughts

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First of all, I thought this was a really good show.  It kept a good pace throughout, the fights were all entertaining, and the crowd was into everything.

It was sad seeing Ninja lose that way, but I saw it coming.  Those guys were just swinging wildly, and Ninja went to the well with the knee one time too many.

Gina looked great tonight.  Her striking was really precise, and she did a great job avoiding the takedown.  I have no idea how a judge gave a round to Kobald just for taking her down.  Good showing from Gina, and I suspect she is going to kill Cyborg.  Her striking is just on a different level.

Good win for Arlovski, but that standup in the first round was beyond outrageous.  Nelson's only chance was on the ground, how can you stand it up from side control?  Completely ridiculous.  However, Arlovski's finishing combo was a sight to behold.

Jake Shields pulled out a gutsy win, but I can't help but think he was exposed tonight.  He's a great fighter, but nowhere near GSP's league at 170.

Finally, the main event...wow.  What a spectacle, and what a disaster.  Kimbo was dropped with a right jab, $kala yelled at the ref on Kimbo's behalf, but it was too late.  Dana White is going to throw a parade in Las Vegas.

You have to wonder what Kimbo's management was thinking taking this fight.  No upside at all, and the worst possible outcome occurred.  He just forfeited the million dollar payday he was bound to get at Zuffa when EliteXC folds, and for what?

Oh, one last thing.  I do not believe for a second that Tito Ortiz and EliteXC are "a week away from a deal."  He's been scheduled to be a ringside guest at this for months, and there is no way they are paying what he is asking.  This was most likely a stunt to get a higher offer from Zuffa.

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