|Promotion||Elite Xtreme Combat|
|Date||May 31, 2008|
|City||Newark, New Jersey|
In February 2008, it was announced that EliteXC had reached an agreement with CBS to broadcast live shows on Saturday nights. This marked the first show of the agreement. The main card aired live on CBS, marking the first time a MMA event aired in primetime on major American network television.
As with earlier EliteXC events, the preliminary card aired for free online at Proelite.com.
Carlton Haselrig was originally scheduled to face Jarrod Bunch. However, Bunch was removed from the card and replaced by Carlos Moreno.
|Main card (CBS)|
|Heavyweight||Kimbo Slice||def.||James Thompson||TKO (punches)||3||0:38|
|Middleweight||Robbie Lawler (c)||vs.||Scott Smith||No Contest||3||3:26||[a]|
|Catchweight (144 lbs)||Gina Carano||def.||Kaitlin Young||TKO (doctor stoppage)||2||3:00||[b]|
|Middleweight||Joey Villasenor||def.||Phil Baroni||TKO (punches)||1||1:11|
|Heavyweight||Brett Rogers||def.||Jon Murphy||KO (punch)||1||1:01|
|Lightweight||Chris Liguori||def.||Jim Bova||TKO (cut)||2||4:31|
|Heavyweight||Carlton Haselrig||def.||Carlos Moreno||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||5:00||[c]|
|Lightweight||Matt Makowski||def.||Nick Serra||Referee Stoppage (Refusal to get up from butt scoot)||2||3:57||[d]|
|Bantamweight||Wilson Reis||def.||Justin Robbins||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||4:06|
|Bantamweight||James Jones||def.||Calvin Kattar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||4:49|
|Bantamweight||Zach Makovsky||def.||André Soares||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–26, 29–26)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Joe Sampieri||def.||Mike Groves||TKO (punches)||1||4:58|
- For the Middleweight Championship; Lawler inadvertently poked Smith in the eye.
- The ringside physician stopped the bout between rounds 2 and 3.
- Moreno's corner stopped the bout between rounds 2 and 3.
- Serra refused to get up from the ground, resulting in the referee ending the fight.
Television ratings and coverage
In terms of ratings, the show averaged 4.85 million viewers and peaked during the main event at 6.51 million viewers, making it the most watched MMA show in television history until UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.
However, not all CBS stations carried the program at the scheduled time. At least five – WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, KXJB-TV in Fargo, North Dakota and three stations in Montana – aired a telethon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network instead. All those stations aired the EliteXC card early the next morning. Also, WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina and the surrounding Triad area refused to air the program because they disliked the sport – it was passed on to a low-powered independent station, WGSR-LP.
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