It's a gimmick as old as the fight game itself: An organization takes its up-and-coming talent and pits him against an aging superstar who boasts a big name but a waning skill set. A win tags the youngster as a legend-slayer, and just like that, a new star is born.
This is the narrative EliteXC is trying for with Saturday night's
Shamrock has already played this role. He served as the springboard for
In other words, Shamrock played the role perfectly, but it's the type of performance that becomes difficult to repeat when the losses start piling up. The last time Shamrock had his hand raised in victory was in 2004, when he beat the sub-par
Though Shamrock's status as an MMA legend can never be taken away, no matter how he chooses to embarrass himself in the long twilight of his career, he is past the point of transferring that status on to others. Don't believe me? Just ask
Yet, somehow, despite his age and losing streak, Shamrock finds himself in the main event of
This is your main event. Only in EliteXC, MMA's alternate universe.
The organization has put all its eggs into two baskets: Kimbo Slice and
For all the people out there who want to see actual competitive fights, well, that's what the undercard is for, right?
The other three televised bouts are all intriguing.
EliteXC describes Saturday's prime-time showing as something for everyone. And it may be a big hit on network TV, getting people to talk like they were after Slice smashed
Sorry, Kimbo. You're too late to the party. If you want to steal someone's legend status you're going to have to aim for one who is still at least somewhere in the same area code as his prime. That is, if EliteXC will allow you to take a fight that (dare I say) you actually stand a chance of losing. Gasp!