Having quickly overcome
Other mixed martial arts promotions, however, are not as fortunate or able to plug in
Last week it was revealed
Step one starts Monday, when Shields plans to test his bad back for the first time with hard training and sparring. If healthy, Shields said he'd like to remain on the upcoming Hawaii EliteXC card, even if it's not a title bout.
"I'm pretty sure I'll be fine," the 29-year-old Shields said. "I'm hoping they'll get me a fight in June. If not, they said September, and I don't want to go that long without fighting. That's just way too much ring rust."
According to EliteXC promoter
"My plan right now, as you and I speak, is to fight him on June 14," Shaw said. "The question is, can we get him the right opponent?"
If the search poses trouble, Shields' bout could be moved to September -- not July -- because Shaw is contemplating holding off on a second CBS event until the end of summer. With television sweeps in effect, Shaw said the Sept. 13 or 20 would be the likely date for the card. The status of July's card will be determined in the next two weeks.
Shields (20-4-1) last fought in November of 2007, earning a submission victory over
No names were mentioned, but EliteXC is looking for worthy title challengers, possibly from outside the organization.
The on-again, off-again saga of
Following his enthralling decision nod over
Uncertain as to Aoki's status in the immediate aftermath of the Calvancante bout, Dream set about finding a short-notice replacement. Grappler
While Aoki (15-2, 1 NC) still requires medical clearance from his doctors in order to compete on the fourth Dream card (June 15 in Yokohama), it's expected that the multi-divisional fighter should make his return against
He may have made them in passing last Wednesday during a panel discussion on the sports industry at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, but Viacom and CBS chairman
During a radio tour last week to promote the historic May 31 MMA card, Shaw was asked about Redstone's comments on six of the eight shows on which the CBS exec appeared.
"I thought it was an off-the-cuff remark," Shaw said. "I don't think he meant it as it came because Sumner Redstone owns Spike TV."
Spike TV, of course, is the television home of the UFC. One could argue that the success of the UFC on Spike led directly to CBS becoming the first major broadcast network to carry MMA live in prime time. So, ironically enough, Redstone, whose personal fortune was estimated at $9 billion by
"I think we need to just do a much better job of educating," said Shaw, "and I don't think Sumner understands the magnitude of what he said."