‘EliteXC: Uprising’ DVD Review
For those unfamiliar with EliteXC, they are a mixed martial arts (MMA) organization based out of the United States. EliteXC formed in December 2006 as a partnership between Showtime Networks and ProElite Inc. EliteXC is right behind the UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship as the second largest MMA organization in the world.
‘EliteXC: Uprising’ took place on September 15, 2007 from the beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii and finally comes to DVD. ‘EliteXC: Uprising’ was co-promoted by Icon Sport and Rumble World Entertainment which aired on Showtime with 5 televised matches and 6 untelevised matches being streamed like on their Proelite.com website. We even get Hawaiian dancers and drummers to kick off the show. Mauro Ranallo, Bill Goldberg, and Fight Professor Stephen Quadros handle the commentary for tonight’s event. Yes, that is Bill Goldberg former WCW and WWE World Heavyweight Champion whom has commentated for MMA events. The main event featured EliteXC Middleweight Champion “Ninja’ Murilo Rua taking on ICON Sport Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler in a Middleweight Unification Match.
• Robbie Lawler vs. ‘Ninja’ Murilo Rua
• Nick Diaz vs. Mike Aina
• Gina Carano vs. Tonya Eyinger
• Joey Villasenor vs. Riki Fukuda
• Jake Shields vs. Renato “Charuto” Verissimo
• Elias Delos Reyes vs. Chico Cantiberos
• Justin Buchholz vs. Ikaika Choy-Fu
• Tyson Nam vs. Albert Manners
• Kala Kolohe Hose vs. Jeff Fox
• Mark Kurano vs. Jose Diaz
• Mark Oshiro vs. Nui Wheeler
• Brandon Wolff vs. Chad Klingensmith
From top to bottom, this wasn’t that bad of a card from a MMA event. Lawler vs. Rua stands out as the top fight of the night with so much riding on this fight alone. It was a fairly even fight between the two men after two rounds, but in round 3 is when things change a bit. Rua is fighting like a machine hell bent on winning this decisive round, and kept on taking Lawler apart with leg and body kicks. Then Lawler turns the tide on Rua with some intense shots that makes the ref stop the fight. Robbie Lawler wins the EliteXC Middleweight Championship in round 3 with a TKO around the 2:04 mark. Robbie Lawler looked quite impressive out there.
Probably the most brutal fight on the card goes to Jake Shields vs. Renato “Charuto” Verissimo. Shields, as I like to call him the ‘human elbow machine’ landed so many shots to the head of Verissimo that I think the poor guy is still probably feeling the hurt today. Shields beat Verissimo in the first round with a TKO. Shields must have landed a good 40+ elbows towards the end of the fight with a good amount of them to the back of Verissimo’s head. Ouch!
Women’s MMA matches are always interesting and Gina Carano vs. Tonya Evinger was just that. Earlier reports suggested that Carano had trouble with some weight gain and there was a problem with dehydration during the weigh in. Evinger took control early on with some grapples and body shots. Carano ends up knocking Evinger down and Carano goes down with her as she continues to land blows. Carano hooks the legs and makes Evinger tap out in round 1. I was glad to see that the reports of dehydration didn’t affect Carano during this fight or if they did it wasn’t as apparent to me.
Another good fight on the card was Mike Aina vs. Nick Diaz. What made this fight so good was the back and forth between these two guys over the three rounds, which resulted in a split decision. In round 1, Diaz appeared to be in another world as he allowed Aina to control the round. The back and forth fighting just continued well into the end of round 3 between the two.
While the undercard wasn’t that bad, the main card which was presented on Showtime had the better fights. If you are a fan of EliteXC or MMA in general, I highly recommend that you check out ‘EliteXC: Uprising’ on DVD