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.”