REWIND-A-WAI #108: Elite XC Primetime (Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson)

Originally published at REWIND-A-WAI #108: Elite XC Primetime (Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson)

John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok & Eric Marcotte to review Elite XC: Primetime (Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson) as the promotion makes its debut on CBS in May 2008.


The year is 2008 and the MMA boom has led to Elite XC getting a primetime spot on CBS featuring Kimbo Slice taking on James Thompson, and Gina Carano fighting Kaitlin Young. We travel back to look at this era of MMA and a huge night for the sport.

Espresso Executive Producer Jason Hagholm joins us to discuss his selection before entering the Trivia Gauntlet.

Elite XC: Primetime
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Newark, New Jersey at Prudential Center
*Heavyweight: Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson
*Elite XC Middleweight Championship: Robbie Lawler (champion) vs. Scott Smith
*144 Pound Catchweight: Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young
*Middleweight: Phil Baroni vs. Joey Villasenor
*Heavyweight: Brett Rogers vs. Jon Murphy

Watch on UFC Fight Pass (account required): EliteXC: Primetime – UFC Fight Pass

Next time on Rewind-A-Wai… NJPW Wrestling World (Jan. 4, 2003)






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I really appreciate the Meltzer segment from that weekend at the end of the podcast there. I know he covered MMA extensively for Yahoo during that time too.

Just listened to this. Fun show as usual when John talks MMA with Phil and Eric. I remember watching… most of this show, as I think it ran over its allotted time on CBS, and my recording it didn’t account for any overrun, so I didn’t catch the main event.

Matt Makowski is another name I know from the prelims: he transitioned into pro wrestling and has been active since about 2019. He trained at the Chikara Wrestle Factory and wrestled for them, GCW Bloodsport, and ROH before the end of 2021.

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