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EliteXC Analysis (July, 2008)

185 lbs. Title – Robbie Lawler [8] vs. Scott Smith [39]

Lawler came out very cautious in the first round. In the 2nd round though, he worked the clinch game to perfection, landing vicious punches to the body and head. He ended things with several knees from the clinch that landed directly on Smith’s solar plexus. Lawler rises to 5. Smith drops to 40.

170 lbs. Title – Jake Shields [7] vs. Nick Thompson [12]

This is the best I’ve seen Jake Shields fight. He walked right across the cage, took down Thompson and had him mounted easily. Thompson scrambled but got locked in a modified guillotine choke just over 1 minute into the fight. The Welterweight top 5 is impossible to crack right now unless one of them loses. Make that the top 6 with Shields. Shields rises to 6. Thompson drops to 13.

Heavyweight Title – Antonio Silva [20] vs. Justin Eilers

Silva simply outclassed Eilers. He was too big, strong and suprisingly quick for him. He continues to impress and rise up the ladder. His boxing looked very crisp and his power is shocking. Silva rises to 16.

155 lbs. – Nick Diaz [21] vs. Thomas Denny

This was a great fight. Denny showed an incredible heart. His perseverance was awe-inspiring. He was simply outclassed by Diaz. Nick used his usual slow, methodical approach to break down his opponent. Diaz stays at 21.

205 lbs. – Rafael Cavalcante [37] vs. Travis Galbraith

Rafael is a hot prospect. He trains with Rodrigo Noguira and Anderson Silva. His boxing and muay thai looked sharp. Galbraith just couldn’t match skills with him. It was a mismatch. Cavalcante rises to 32.


July 28, 2008 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , ,


  1. I was trying to find where I said it.
    But I’m pretty sure I’ve gone on the record a few times now saying that Smith has a glass body (instead of jaw).

    I missed this entire event while on vacation so I can’t rank the event against other events of the year. Your impressions?

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | July 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. Haha. That’s weird to say but it’s true.

    It was a solid event. Thomas Denny vs. Diaz was the fight of the night. Denny showed tons of heart and the crowd was crazy. Silva and Cavalcante were showcase fights…Mismatches but impressive performances nonetheless.

    Comment by Kevin | July 29, 2008 | Reply

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