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Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson officially added to CBS-EliteXC telecast on Oct. 4

FiveOuncesOfPain.com was notified late Wednesday that a matchup between Affliction contracted heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson has been officially added to CBS’ upcoming telecast of “Saturday Night Fights” on Oct. 4 at the Bank Atlantic Arena in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Sources with SHOWTIME confirmed the news to Five Ounces of Pain on Wednesday afternoon.

The Arlovski vs. Nelson encounter is currently expected to be the third fight on the telecast and will be billed as a co-promoted bout between Affliction and EliteXC. Both Arlovski and Nelson had been scheduled to compete on Affliction’s ill-fated Oct. 11 “Day or Reckoning” event with Arlovski slated to fight Josh Barnett and Nelson set to take on Paul Buentello.

“I’m very excited, first as a fan as well an executive of EliteXC to be able to put on this fight for the fans,” said EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw when contacted by Five Ounces of Pain for comment. “This continues to go with what we started with at EliteXC and what we continue to say, which is we’re going let our fighters fight anywhere and that we’re willing to work with anybody. We’ve done with FEG; we’ve done it with Strikeforce; and now we will do it with Affliction. We continue to break barriers and along with our partners, the winners on Oct. 4 won’t be the organizations, it’s the fans.

“It’s going to be a fantastic card on CBS. It’s just another added weight to an already amazing card, headed by the anchor fight of Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock; you’ve got the Jake Shields world title fight; Gina; you have Benji Radach and Ninja; and of course now you have Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy Nelson. It’s going to be a tremendous night of action and if you can’t be there in attendance, make sure you’re watching it on CBS.”

As of now, there are no plans to extend the CBS telecast but Shaw informed Five Ounces of Pain that none of the previously scheduled four fights for the show will be dropped from the telecast.

“To my knowledge, the time slot we have is what we have,” Shaw responded when asked if there were any plans to extend broadcast which is currently scheduled from 9-11 p.m. ET.” We haven’t had a chance to huddle with CBS officials to find out if there is going to be an extended broadcast, but all five fights will make it in their entirety.”

The announcement of the late addition of a heavyweight title between a former UFC champion in Arlovski and a former IFL champion in Nelson comes at a time when the future of EliteXC is uncertain due to financial problems. Shaw believes that this recent development is proof that the company is far from finished.

“I think this says we are loaded,” Shaw began.” We have the arsenal and now we’re loaded. Don’t ever count us out. We have guns pointed in all directions and we just brought in two more heavy guns.”

26 COMMENTS
  • detroit_fan says:

    Good news. Hopefuly we’ll see the same AA that fought last time.

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    Great news!

    Aside from the main event, this event looks pretty good.

  • Kung Foo says:

    This should be a good fight. Looking forward to it.

  • alkatraz says:

    all you elite haters what do u have to say now?this is a really good card and it just got better.i am sure the haters will find something negative to say.i think it good and they are tring hard to put a better product out.so show support and lets have more mma.i love them all ufc ,elite, affliction hd net i need my fix.later

  • woooburn says:

    no complaints here. arlovski on free tv works for me. noice!

  • Rich S. says:

    sorry roy..

    YOU’RE GOIN’ DOWN!!!!!!!!!

  • Sabotage says:

    I feel the Nelson vs Buentello fight would have been more competitive mainly because I envision Arlovski mopping the mat with Nelson’s belly after a barrage of strikes from the Pitbull.

  • ultmma says:

    thumbs up! and pleasant surprise. big picture here will this do anything to boost rating for the telecast or is this too little , too late

  • Joseph says:

    This is GREAT NEWS! What a great card!
    Can’t wait to see Arlovski in action again!

    ELITE XC: OCTOBER 4, 2008 ON CBS
    venue: BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida

    Main Card on CBS:
    -Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Ken Shamrock
    -Andrei Arlovski vs Roy Nelson
    -Jake Shields (#5 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Paul Daley
    -Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobald
    -Benji Radach vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua
    -Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Yoko Takahashi (swing bout; will air if time permits)

  • Batman says:

    I love the added edition of Arlovski and Nelson! This is an awesome card it beats out the terrible UFC fight night card that was on spike this month. I love to watch Nate Diaz so thats all I cared about.
    My picks are:
    Ken Shamrock (If Mir can catch Lesnar in a knee bar then maybe shamrock can pull a submission off on the under experienced guy too.)
    Jake Shields
    Andrei Arlovski
    Murilo “Ninja” Rua (tough fight)
    Gina Carano
    Cyborg
    The rest I could care less.

  • Rich S. says:

    AA needs to go with the Saku-type nickname..
    After this fight, “IFL Star Hunter” will suit him nice..

  • Patrick says:

    Shields fight is going to be good, Arlovski may bring a good fight, Ninja hopefully will entertain, Cyborg will probably test positive for massive amounts of roids, Carano will probly come in way way way over weight, and Shamrock will probly have a stroke before he fights.

    So that’s 3 fights I’m looking forward to seeing… which I guess is better than nothing =)

  • Robert says:

    Cyborg fought on the last CBS card in California which has the toughest athletic commission to deal with and tested clean.Do some research before stating your uninformed opinions on someone’s appearance.

  • HexRei says:

    arlovski is gonna roll nelson even worse than rothwell. mark my words.

  • Jeremy says:

    Really love the addition of this fight to the card. Can we bump the Kimbo fight off it now? Just kidding!! Excellent job by EliteXC and Affliction for doing this bout.

  • fightfan says:

    What an insult to these 2, especially AA…..To have be below the MAIN EVENT status of the donkey match between KLice and shammy.

    I cant beleive Affliction would let AA save that shit ass promotion????? I mean at least Affliction didnt go the way of the can or freakshow fights, in order to ensure a popular fighter wins???

    I am not happy with this. I would rather have Affliciton make it and those jackasses at eliteXC finally go out of business. MMA is not like the WWE….and that is the best analysis you can make of EliteXC. EliteXC will continute to make sure the 3 stars they have in their promotions win and look good doing it….it if means they have to fight senior citizens or helpless guys, and those that should of retired 10-15 years ago, then so be it

  • Stan the Caddy says:

    I’ll probably get branded a “hater” for saying it but I have almost 0 interest in this card. It’s just another Pros vs. Joes offering from EliteXC. Not even one competitive match on the main card. I’m going to be sticking with college football Saturday night and will catch a replay of AA knocking Nelson’s head off on the internet.

  • egad81 says:

    yo… is it true they cyborg was once a man? Some guy was telling me something about her once being a him. I hear in Brazil the boys are prettier then the girls.
    Oh well…. EliteXC is doin that dam thing

    Are we going to see Kimbo vs Pitbull or Nelson vs Kimbo (either way shamrock should fade out)

  • Robert says:

    fightfan if your not happy with it don’t watch the show on Oct.4th.Affliction apparently does not expect all the top fighters they have to sit on the sidelines for 6 or 7 months until they put another show together.This is the type of thing that should happen more so people get to see as many good fighters as possible,without control freak promoters and their exclusive contracts getting in the way.This is a good move for EliteXC.

  • Joseph says:

    Stan and fightfan,

    You guys are exactly what MMA doesn’t need.
    Support the sport, and not just an org. This is a great card by EliteXC.

  • Bob says:

    Who cares about Roy Nelson. Where is the Arlovski/Barnett fight?

  • JJ Docker says:

    Arlovski is going to kill Nelson. Live homicide.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    F**kin’ sweet! Aside from the main event clown act, this is looking like a good card. AA is going to put a hurtin’ on Nelson though. Arlovski by decapitation.

  • Patrick says:

    Robert, learn to take a joke, the steroids thing was a poke at the common belief that she is roided out. I know she tested clean in CA, maybe you won’t though, rage much? =)

  • ctownhood says:

    Can’t wait to see the Pitbull run through Pot Belly Nelson.

  • Ken says:

    AA is a sweet addition. AA vs. Big Country seems like a mismatch, but should be freaky-deaky. Winner should fight winner of Shamrock / Slice. On the same card. This is free? Hoo-Ha! Great entertainment – yes. Great MMA – not so sure.

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