EliteXC: More sizzle than steak

Updated: June 4, 2008, 10:48 AM ET
By Dan Rafael
With an open mind and a clean slate, I watched last Saturday night's entire Elite XC card on CBS, the first mixed martial arts event ever broadcast on network television. Those who read me regularly and chat with me each week know I'm not an MMA fan, but I am not a hater either. I've never had anything whatsoever against it and I've never gotten too caught up in the whole boxing vs. MMA nonsense. MMA is simply not my cup of tea.

But I truly wanted to see what the hype was all about. I had seen bits and pieces of Elite XC cards on Showtime, and I have watched a little UFC here and there, but I wanted to sit and watch an entire event to see what I was supposedly missing. From where I sat, I haven't been missing much.

All I can say about my experience watching the Elite XC card is this: I'll never get those 2 hours and 45 minutes of my life back. It's the last time I'll ever watch Elite XC.