According to SI’s Josh Gross, EliteXC will set return to CBS Primetime on July 26th with a show dubbed “Unfinished Business”, possibly in St. Louis. The card will be headlined by the anticipated rematch of Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith for the EliteXC welterweight title.
According to EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw, Shields’ opponent for the newly created 170-pound title will be determined this week. Potential challengers include International Fight League champion Jay Hieron, former Bodog champ Nick Thompson, or the recently motivated Paul Daley.
Shields was in line to fight Drew Fickett for the vacant title before injuries nixed the bout. If Silva appears on the card (it’s not a guarantee that he will, right now) he could face IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson, or Robert “Buzz” Berry, who knocked out Ken Shamrock in March.
Unfinished Business, which appears destined for St. Louis, may also feature women’s MMA again as Shayna Baszler-Kelly Kobald is being discussed as potential follow-up to the first card’s Gina Carano-Kaitlin Young bout.
Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith
Antonio “Big Foot” Silva vs. TBA (Roy Nelson, Robert Berry)
Jake Shields vs. TBA (Jay Hieron, Nick Thompson, Paul Daley)
Shayna Baszler vs. Kelly Kobald