EliteXC “Primetime” Play-by-Play

May 31, 2008
Sherdog.com's Greg Savage reports from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., with live play-by-play of EliteXC "Primtime," which is headlined by Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson versus James Thompson (Pictures).

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Joe Sampieri (Pictures) vs. Mike Groves (Pictures)
Round 1
Sampieri lands a head kick after the opponents circle and feel each other out. Groves absorbed most of it with his arm before being taken down. Sampieri working from top position within Groves' closed guard. Groves transitions for an armbar but is rebuffed. He continues to look for submissions from his back but Sampieri is a step ahead of him. Groves sweeps to top position with a leg-lock attempt but is quickly swept right back to the bottom. The referee, Kevin Mullhall stands the fighters up and Groves is dropped with a leg kick-punch combo. Sampieri pounces and finishes with strikes in the closing moments of the first round. The official time is 4:58 of the first round.

Zach Makovsky (Pictures) vs. Andres Soares (Pictures)
Round 1
Soares comes out agressive but quickly finds himself on his back couretsy of a Makovsky double-leg. Soares immediately locks up the oma plata but after initially looking like he was in trouble, Makovsky escapes back to his feet. The fighters exchange a series of punches with neither man taking an advantage. Soares lands a thudding leg-kick and follows with a straight right that does not connect. Two-minutes left in the opening frame. Soares shoots a double but is stuffed and eats a knee to the body for his trouble. Another inside leg-kick from Soares lands. Makovsky lands a good jab and follows with a knee. Soares looks to be tiring as the round inches towards its conclusion. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Zack Makovsky.

Round 2
Makovsky pumps a straight left down the pipe to initiate action in the second frame. Soares tries to duck under for the takedown but is pushed right onto his back. Makovsky lets him back up and begins to pick him apart with punches. Soares tries, time and again, for the takedown but he can't get his opponent to the ground. Makovsky, from a southpaw stance, keeps throwing the left uppercut and connecting over and over. Makovsky is taking over, landing punches in bunches at will. Makovsky drops him with a knee-punch combo. Soares, bleeding from nose, gets back to his feet before the bell sounds ending the second round. Makovsky earns the 10-9 score for the second on the Sherdog.com card.

Round 3
Soares charges in to begin the third but is easily shrugged off. Makovsky drives Soares back to the mat with a superman punch-knee-straight left combo before letting him back to his feet. Soares pulls guard but Makovsky is having none of the ground and quickly retreats to his feet. Makovsky lands a good body shot to a clearly exhausted Soares. Soares throwing wildly for the fences but he can't find his mark. Makovsky is still fresh and landing at a good clip. Soares clinches up and tries for the trip but Makovsky shows great balance in staying on his feet. A few more punches from Makovsky put the exclamation point on a dominating performance for the Philadelphia native. Sherdog sees it 30-27 and the officials agree unanimously awarding Makovsky the decision by scores of 29-28, 29-26 & 29-26.

James Jones (Pictures) vs. Calvin Kattar
Round 1
Jones takes the initiative right off the bat, charging across the cage to land a leg-kick and a series of knees. Kattar, unfazed by the attack, keeps his composure and looks to counter. Jones scoops Kattar up with a double leg and puts him on the mat. Jones transitions to his back in search of a reverse triangle but Kattar navigates himself out of danger. Jones works his way to Kattar's back and searches for an opening to sink a choke. Kattar defends well but he can not shake Jones who eventually locks up the rear naked at 4:49 of the first round.

Justin Robbins (Pictures) vs. Wilson Reis (Pictures)
Round 1
Reis wins the takedown battle to get things started. He moves to side-control immediately. Reis slides into mount and goes for the armbar. Robbins arm looks hyperextended but he won't tap. Reis switches to the triangle and looks to have it sunk deep. Robbins wriggles free but Reis continues the assault from the top. He now has back mount, pounding away. Robbins shows great toughness but not much else. Reis has the rear naked choke and elicits the tapout for the submission win. The official time is 4:06 of the opening frame.

Nick Serra (Pictures) vs. Matt Makowski (Pictures)
Round 1
Serra and Makowski clinch up along the cage before but neither can gain the upper hand. Makowski does not want any part of the ground game but finds himself defending an armbar and Serra pulls guard. He pulls his arm free and stands up but is quickly put back on the mat by a Serra takedown from the clinch. Makowski tries to stand but Serra climbs his back and puts in his hooks. He is angling for a rear naked choke but Makowski is defending well. Serra tries to move to an armbar but is picked up and slammed to the mat for his efforts. Makowski escapes to his feet adn begins to punish Serra with kicks and punches. Serra looks spent as the round comes to a close. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Makowski.

Round 2
Makowski comes out bombing again to start the second stanza landing a good combination along the cage and finishing the flurry with a solid knee that stood Serra upright. Serra looks to be completly gassed as Makowski begins to land at will. He is really doing damage with kicks to the midsection, almost knocking Serra down with one. A big knee to the stomach hurts Serra and sends him to his seat. He gets back up but pulls guard and refuses to stand when the referee tells him to. Referee Kevin Mullhall deducts a point and restarts the fight. Serra immediately tries to pull guard again and again refuses to stand. After repeated imploring from Mullhall Serra is deducted another point. He still refuses to stand and the fight is declared a technical knockout at 3:57 of the second round.

Carlton Haselrig (Pictures) vs. Carlos Moreno (Pictures)
Round 1
Haselrig shoots after a brief feeling out period and is initially stuffed but he continues to work and ends up with the dominant position. After a couple minutes of wrestling with Haselrigs only offense consisting of a calf-slicer. Referee Dan Miragliotta stands the combatants back up. Haselrig scores another takedown and moves to Moreno's back. Moreno's pants are falling down and Murgliotta pulls them back up for him after standing them back up. Haselrig eats a couple shots before the bell and the first round mercifully comes to an end. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Haselrig due to positional dominance and nothing more. Moreno looks fine in his corner but declines to answer the bell to begin the second period.

EXC President Gary Shaw is irate, screaming at the production crew to get the cage cleared and ready for the final fight of the untelivsed portion of the card. There is only 30-minutes left before they go live on CBS and there is one fight left on the undercard. Chris Liguori and Jim Bova are rushed to the cage.

Chris Liguori (Pictures) vs. Jim Bova (Pictures)
Round 1
After the fastest introduction in MMA history, Liguori and Bova get things underway. Liguori nearly ends the fight seconds in with a head kick that just grazed Bova. Bova decides to take the fight to the mat and nearly finds himself in an armbar before slamming his way out. Ligouri is using an offensive guard to keep Bova from generating much offense despite the fact he has been on top for most of the fight. Bova lands a nice knee to the body as Ligouri stands back up. Bova puts him back on the mat from the clinch. Bova is bleeding from the nose. Bova is caught in another armbar but he slams his way out once again. Ligouri lands an upkick as Bova pounds away from above but Bova continues to strike until the bell ends the first frame. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 for Bova.

Round 2
Liguori comes out firing to start the second but Bova is undeterred. Bova takes the match to the mat and locks up and guillotine. Liguori escapes and takes the top position. Liguori is taking over with the ground-and-pound assault. Bova is cut and bleeding but he is not ready to give up. Bova gets back to his feet but referee Miragliotta wants the doctor to check his cut. The ringside physician makes the call and the fight is over. Chris Liguori wins by doctor stoppage at 4:31 of the second round.

Brett Rogers (Pictures) vs. Jon Murphy
Round 1
Murphy stings Rogers with a short right hand to begin the affair. Rogers answers back and the fighters clinch along the cage. Rogers lands a huge right cross that sends Murphy to the canvas. Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to assure Murphy did not endure any extra punishment. The offical time is 1:01 of the first round.

Phil Baroni (Pictures) vs. Joey Villasenor (Pictures)
Round 1
Villasenor throws a high kick to start things off but Baroni catches it and puts him on his back. The fighters work back to the feet and Villasenor lands a big left that stuns Baroni. Villasenor pounces and locks up a guillotine choke that comes close but Baroni get free. His respite is short as Villasenor lands a knee and a flurry of punches that drops Barnoi again. As Villasenor stands over him bombing away, referee Dan Miragliotta steps in to end the offensive thus giving Villasenor the TKO victory at the 1:11 mark of the opening round. Baroni tries to leave the cage but he is brought back from the ramp for the official announcment.

Gina Carano (Pictures) vs. Kaitlin Young (Pictures)
Round 1
Carano slams Young to the mat after catching a kick as fight gets under way Young makes it back to her feet and lands a nice right hand. Young throwing lots of high kicks but Carano is unfazed and block them. Young gets the first takedown of the match from the clinch. Carano has a high guard but looks to be totally defensive. Young stands up out of her guard and strikes down. This gives Carano a chance to stand. The women are slinging leather as the three-minute round comes to a close.

Greg Savage scores the round: 10-9 Young
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Carano
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Carano

Round 2
Carano lands a nice right hand and tries to clinch but Young backs away and throws a nice punch of her own. Young throwing lots of kicks but not connecting. Carano finds the mark again with the right hand. Now she is teeing off on Young along the cage. Young eats another jab that snaps her head back. She continues to move forward but keeps running into Carano's hands. Carano lands a push kick to the stomach and Young stumbles backwards. Carano takes her back and looks for the choke. The round comes to a close, saving Young.

Greg Savage scores the round: 10-8 Carano
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-8 Carano
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-8 Carano

The fight is over. Young, sporting a huge mouse under her left eye, is unable to continue. It was a doctor's stoppage between rounds.

Robbie Lawler (Pictures) vs. Scott Smith
Round 1
Smith opens up the action by throwing a head kick that is easily avoided by Lawler. Smith is stalking Lawler but the champions footwork is making it diffcult to land anything. The crowd is already restless but they begin to come to life as Lawler throws his first combination of the night. The boos start to echo again as the fighters cautiously feel each other out. They are just slinging leather now. The exchance began with a Smith high kick that grazed Lawler and seemed to make him angry. Lawler using good head movement to avoid Smith's strikes while landing a few of his own. Lawler has a mouse under his left eye. Lawler has Smith hurt with a kick to the body. Another one has Smith dropping his right elbow to protect the area. Lawler unloading in the final seconds of the frame with a flying knee to the sternum and a flurry of strikes. Smith is seemingly saved by the bell as the round ends. Smith almost fell down on the way back to his corner, the body shots taking their toll on him.

Greg Savage scores the round: 10-9 Lawler
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-8 Lawler
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Lawler

Round 2
Lawler closing in looking for the kill but Smith is still game. Smith is protecting his right side where the body kicks landed in round one. Lawler being patient, looking for an opening. The fans start booing again. Smith coming alive a bit. He has the Thai plum and is kneeing away. Lawler seems to be playing opossum because here he comes. Lawler bobs and weaves through an onslaught of Smith punches before he begins to land shots of his own. He now has the plum and is kneeing Smith. Lawler digs to the body and now the fighters are clinching along the cage. Smith lands a pair of standing elbows but Lawler is relentless as he pushes him backwards into the cage. Lawler finds the mark with anther combination, Smith is now bleeding above his left eye while Lawler sporting blood under his right eye as well as a nice mouse.

Greg Savage scores the round: 10-9 Smith
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Lawler
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Lawler

Round 3
Smith focusing on Lawler's lead leg in the initial stages of round three. Lawler putting the jab in Smith's face two, three, four times. Smith coming forward now as Lawler circles. The pace is slowing until Smith lands a good right hand and misses with a high kick that elicits a worried smile from Lawler. Lawler has totally gone away from the body, he had Smith hurt but he has started to head-hunt. Blood is trickling down Lawler's face from a cut on top of his head. Lawler shoots but Smith sprawls but Lawler jumps around and gets the back clinch. As they separate Smith catches an inadvertant finger in the eye. The doctor has stopped the fight against the wishes of Scott Smith and his corner.

In New Jersey, a championship bout must go beyond three full rounds or it will be called a no-contest after an inadvertant foul. Apparently Smith told the doctor he could not see and that is what prompted the doctor to make the call.

The official attendance is 8,033.

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (Pictures) vs. James Thompson (Pictures)
Round 1
Thompson ries to take Slice down as they clinch up. Slice sprawls but he eventually is put on his back. Slice briefly gets back to his feet but Thompson puts him back down. Slice is back up again and knees to the body. Thompson wants none of the standup action and clinches again. Slice is free and looking to strike but he is knocked off balance by a low kick before Thompson falls to his back. Thompson gets back to top position and looks for a key lock, Slice slips out and sweeps Thompson, finishing the round in top postiion.

Greg Savage scores the round: 10-9 Thompson
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Thompson
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Thompson

Round 2
Thompson looks to shoot but is stuffed. Kimbo is starting to find his range with strikes. He lands a nice right uppercut that straightens Thompson up. Thompson has a single and takes Slice down. Slice tries a guillotine but Thompson is in side-control making his efforts futile. Referee Dan Miragliotta stands the fighters up due to lack of action. Kimbo lands a coupld big shots that hurt Thompson but Thompson clinches and takes things back to the ground. He is in side-control again with 1:30 left in the round. Thompson is elbowing away after trapping Slice's right arm. Slice gets his arm free to defend but he is still in poor position. The round ends with Thompson in control elbowing away.

Greg Savage scores the round: 10-9 Thompson
Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Thompson
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Thompson

Round 3
Both fighters are visibly winded as the third round begins. Slice is teeing off. Thompson is hanging on by a limb until Murgliotta steps in to end the fight just 38 seconds into the final frame.
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