EliteXC: Unfinished Business, CBS Saturday Night Fights BloodyElbow.com Staff Predictions


BloodyElbow.com Staff Predictions for “EliteXC: Unfinished Business” CBS Saturday Night Fights

Saturday, July 26th
, California

Scheduled to air on CBS:

Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith

Luke Thomas: While Lawler is clearly the better technician, Smith is incredibly difficult to finish. And Lawler, over the course of a fight, tends to lose focus. I smell upset. Smith, TKO, round 4.

Kid Nate: Lawler was wearing down Smith in the last fight and this time he will finish him. Lawler by TKO in 2.

Brent Brookhouse: I'm playing it safe and picking Lawler but Smith can catch him at any point.  I think this will be even better than the first fight though as both guys took solid shots from the other without going out.  So both guys will play it gutsy and bang again.  Lawler by TKO in Round 3.

Mike Rome: I'm going to pick the upset here.  By the end of the last fight it seemed like Smith had figured Lawler out, and I think that if the fight continued Smith was going to win it.  I suspect this should be pretty exciting, both guys know what they are being put out there to do.  Smith via TKO, round 4.

Nick Thomas: I picked Scott in their first fight and I'm going to stick with my upset pick. Mainly because of Scott's highlight real KO of Kyle Noke. Upset #1 - Scott Smith by TKO.

Chris Nelson: Given the platform and how much both guys have riding on this fight, I don't see how it could go much different from the first go. Smith lasts a little longer this time (provided no eye poking) but ultimately succumbs to Lawler's bombs and ridiculous conditioning. Lawler by TKO, round 4.

Jake Shields vs. Nick Thompson

Luke Thomas: Nothing would make me happier than to see Thompson’s hard work and sacrifice pay off. The problem is that the Monteiro fight showed us that positional control is not Thompson’s strong suit. It is, however, that of Shields. Shields by submission.

Kid Nate: Shields has the takedown and ground control to dominate and punish Thompson. This one won't last more than one round. Shields by TKO in 1.

Brent Brookhouse: Thompson's win over Alvarez looks a whole lot better after seeing how great Alvarez was in the DREAM tourney.  I think this ends up being close but I'll take Shields by TKO late in the fight.

Mike Rome: I like Thompson, but I don't think he's ready for Shields.  I don't think Shields is that great, I just think he's about where Thompson will be in two years.  I suspect Shields will choke him out after dominating the ground.  Shields via submission, round 2.

Nick Thomas: Time for Shields to prove himself and earn his WW title. Thompson is on a huge win streak but I still think Shields can pull it off. Shields by TKO.

Chris Nelson: Thompson's got a great story and has added some impressive wins to his resume in his 2+ year unbeaten run (especially his comeback at the last Sengoku against Michael Costa), but he's just not on Shields' level in terms of strength or wrestling acumen. Shields by submission, round 2.

Nick Diaz vs. Thomas Denny

Luke Thomas: While Diaz has looked languid in his last few outings, he can still put away most. I can’t see any area where Denny would give him problems. Aina did, but he’s much more explosive than Denny. Diaz by unanimous decision.

Kid Nate: Diaz better win this one impressively. Diaz by TKO in 2.

Brent Brookhouse: I think Denny wins the first round, but if Diaz can keep from getting cut I think he comes back to win rounds 2 and 3.  Nick Diaz by decision.

Mike Rome: Kind of a joke fight here.  Nick has not looked good at all lately, but I can't see him losing this.  He's also actually training instead of doing nonstop insane interviews, so I think he'll win.  Diaz via KO, round 2.

Nick Thomas: Will this fight back fire on Diaz? Don't think so. Diaz by decision.

Chris Nelson: Nick hasn't looked right since the Gomi win was overturned, but there's no way he's losing to a man with hair like that, especially in Stockton. Diaz by stoned fury, round 2.

Shayna Baszler vs. Cristiane Cyborg

Luke Thomas: Baszler has the advantage in submissions, but Cyborg is far more the aggressor and actually has decent wrestling. Before Baszler can put her away, I suspect Cyborg might put her to sleep. Cyborg, by TKO, round 2.

Kid Nate: Cyborg by gruesome beatdown in 2.

Brent Brookhouse: It's been a while since Cyborg has had a fight so I'm going to go with Baszler here.  Shayna Baszler by submission.

Mike Rome: This is a sleeper for fight of the night.  I think Baszler is just too good though and will eventually get Cyborg down and submit her, but not before taking a big time beating .  Baszler via submission, round 3.

Nick Thomas: I've enjoyed all the women fights so far and I think this one's going to be a close battle. On the ground, you got to give it to Baszler. So I'm going to go with Baszler by submission.

Chris Nelson: Cyborg by KO, round 1.

Scheduled to air on Showtime

Antonio Silva vs. Justin Eilers

Luke Thomas: I cannot believe people are giving Eilers this much credit. While early proclamations of Silva being the man to challenge Fedor were premature, those calls are at least semi-rational. Silva by TKO, round 1.

Kid Nate: Eilers will put up a tussle but lose a close decision. Silva by split decision.

Brent Brookhouse: Silva got pushed to the limit by Ricco Rodriguez in February.  Ricco couldn't hang in YAMMA 2 months later.  Eilers has been hot in the "minor leagues" so I like him to come in and pull off the upset in an ugly fight.  Eilers by decision.

Mike Rome: Congratulations UFC, at least your heavyweight title means more than this one.  I'm praying for Justin Eilers to get a fluke win just so they get punished for putting on such a lame fight, but it won't happen.

Nick Thomas: Eilers has been on fire in the smaller shows and I'll be cheering for Eilers but I just can't see how he'll win this one. Silva by TKO.

Chris Nelson: Bigfoot by boring, boring decision.

Wilson Reis vs. Brian Caraway

Luke Thomas: Caraway’s strength is Reis’ only Reis is much better at them. Reis by submission, round 1.

Kid Nate: Reis by domination.

Brent Brookhouse: Reis is going to come out with the best performance of the night.  Reis by submission in round 1.

Mike Rome:  Both good submission guys, but Reis is better.  Caraway could use his wrestling to squeeze out a decision, but I don't see him fighting that way.  Reis via submission, round 2.

Nick Thomas: Reis by submission.

Chris Nelson: Reis by submission, round 2.


Rafael Feijao Cavalcante vs. Travis Galbraith

Luke Thomas: I feel really bad for Galbraith. He’s going to miss his afterparty. Feijao by TKO, round 1.

Kid Nate: Feijao by submission in 2.

Brent Brookhouse: Feijao by submission in round 1.

Mike Rome: Feijao is just too much everywhere.  His grappling is underrated, and he'll be fine if this ends up on the ground.  Feijao via TKO, round 1.

Nick Thomas: Cavalcante had a nice win over Wayne Cole. He'll do the same here. Cavalcante by TKO.

Chris Nelson: Feijao by TKO, round 1.

Preliminary Bout:

Anthony Ruiz vs. Jeremy Freitag

Luke Thomas: Freitag has some well-roundedness, but Ruiz has more KO power and finishing ability in this match-up. Ruiz by TKO, round 3.

Kid Nate: Ruiz by TKO.

Nick Thomas: Ruiz by TKO.

Chris Nelson: Ruiz by TKO, round 2.

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