Thursday, August 21, 2008
Scientists in California have conclusively proved that Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is not the EliteXC heavyweight champion. Thanks to measurements of his footprint as well as a urinalysis, it's been determined that the behemoth who TKO'd Justin Eilers at EliteXC's July 26th show is not really a Yeti, Abominable Snowman or other mythical beast but is in fact just some big dude who takes steroids. "He's a fake," said Dr. Walter Grandy of the California Sasquatch Foundation. "At this time, we cannot consider him a Bigfoot nor an EliteXC champ."
Sure, King of the Cage is still around. But the incarnation churning out semi-regional shows now is but a shadow of the 2000-2003 version that, at the time, was considered the number two MMA event in the country. Back then, KOTC was a legitimate stepping stone to the UFC and Pride, with stars like Ricco Rodriguez, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Diego Sanchez and more all paying their dues in the West Coast promotion's cage. Sadly, thanks to some serious product dilution over the span of 120+ shows, winning a belt in the promotion doesn't mean nearly as much as it used to - which is a shame. When all fans had was six UFCs a year plus a few IFCs and Extreme Challenges here and there, KOTC was where it was at.
The music has stopped for EliteXC's musical chairs, with welterweight champ Jake Shields and challenger Paul Daley finding seats for the October 4th CBS show alongside Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobold-Gavin and Kimbo Slice vs. Tomato Can. Where does that leave newcomer Lyman Good, who was supposed to fight Daley on the cancelled September 20th card? According to the tea leaves in MMA Journalist's morning cup of caffeine, Good could face either UFC/WEC veteran John Alessio or an enraged panda bear on EliteXC's November 8th Showtime event.