FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that the main event for the next ShoXC event from EliteXC and Showtime will feature Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett vs. Victor “Joe Boxer” Valenzuela.
I had reported previously that the date had been moved to Aug .24 but I am now hearing that the next ShoXC may in fact be on Aug. 25, the same day as UFC 74. Attempts have been made to switch the date, but it might not be possible due to logistics.
Bennett and Valenzuela have a history dating back to February, 2005. The two fought each other on a King of the Cage card. The match was declared a draw but Valenzuela finished the fight strong and there are those who believe Bennett should have been TKO’d because he apparently was completely out. There has been a lot of accusations made as to why the referee didn’t stop the fight in the waning seconds.
There are also those who believe a case could be made that Valenzuela won both rounds of the fight.
The rematch was supposed to be contested this past June on the undercard of the Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni main event that was co-promoted by EliteXC and Strikeforce. However, Bennett ran into legal trouble and didn’t make it to San Jose in time for the weigh-ins. He was replaced by Edson Berto, who caught Valanzuela in a heel hook early in the first round and tapped him.
Valenzuela is a rugged dude who isn’t going to tolerate any of Bennett’s antics. He’s worked a lot on his Jiu-Jitsu recently but is a decent boxer and will look to brawl with Bennett and knock him out. It’s solid matchup in styles and should be a crowd pleasing fight with lots of bad blood and drama. The weigh-ins should be especially interesting because there’s a chance the two might come to blows before the fight has a chance to take place.