Press Release - Nine of the 10 fighters who will compete on CBS EliteXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS this Saturday, Oct. 4, attended Wednesday’s final press conference at the BankAtlantic Center at Sunrise, Fla.
The third installment of CBS’s primetime mixed martial arts event will be broadcast live from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
The televised lineup for CBS ELITEXC SATURDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock (heavyweights); EliteXC 170-pound champion Jake Shields vs. Paul Daley; Andrei Arlovski vs. Roy “Big Country" Nelson (heavyweights); Gina Carano vs. Kelly Kobold (140 pounds); and Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Benji Radach (middleweights).
Tickets start at $30 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (954) 523-3309 in Broward County, (305) 358-5885 in Dade County and (561) 966-3309 in Palm Beach County, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the BankAtlantic Center box offices (954) 835-7825.
The BankAtlantic Center box offices’ normal business hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office will be open the day of the event beginning at 10 a.m. The first live fight begins at 6 p.m. ET.
What the fighters had to say Wednesday:
“Ken’s fighting in Florida, which is no place for an old man. I’m mentally prepared and ready to do it and represent the crib. It’s going to be ‘305’ (his area code) all day.
“I work all the time on being an all-around fighter. I am very competitive by nature so I train very hard and have the best coaches ( Bas Rutten and Randy Khatami).
“I am going to get criticized all the time, but I enjoy MMA and try to represent the sport the best way I can. I have kids. I want to be the best kind of example I can be.
“I do not feel like I am carrying (this promotion, the sport, etc). Gina, all these fighters, we are all in this together.
“I am going to win this fight in any fashion I can. I want to annihilate him and win by knockout, but if I win it on the ground, that is all good, too.
“I come from a bare-knuckle background, so fighting with gloves is like hitting with mittens."
“Kimbo has gained a lot of notoriety, but, in my opinion, he doesn’t deserve it. Snap, crackle pop. I am going to walk across the ring, hit him on his ugly beard and break his leg.
“I love to fight, that’s what I do. I want to thank CBS and EliteXC for putting me on this card. It is going to be a great one. I really appreciate all my fans’ support throughout all the ups and downs."What CBS is doing is really giving back to the fans. To just be able to turn on the TV and watch is a great thing.
"Most of the talking has all been said, so I will save the rest of my talking until Saturday."
"It's great to be back fighting on CBS and defending my title. I'm in great shape and ready to fight. I'm on a roll and want to keep it going.
"Having CBS involved has obviously been huge for this sport. Now, people of all ages are watching where, before, maybe only...