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Baroni vs. Rua Booked For EliteXC’s Network Debut

CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights

It was recently announced that the first ever MMA network broadcast “CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights”, will take place on May 31 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. In addition to the reported Kimbo Slice headlining fight (against a to-be-named opponent), the card now features a bout between UFC veteran Phil Baroni and Murilo “Ninja” Rua.

“The New York Badass” Phil Baroni (10-9 MMA, 3-5 UFC) recently suffered a TKO loss to Kala Kalohe Hose at Icon Sports “To Hell And Back.” Prior to that, Baroni was submitted via rear naked choke in a Strikeforce championship bout against Frank Shamrock.

Murilo “Ninja” Rua (15-8 MMA) was EliteXC’s first middleweight champion, but lost his belt to current champ Robbie Lawler last September. Ninja Rua most recently defeated Xavier Foupa Pokam via rear naked choke at Cage Rage 24.

Here is what the rest of the fight card looks like so far:

CBS EliteXC Saturday Night Fights

  • Kimbo Slice vs. TBA
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith
  • Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young
  • Phil Baroni vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua
  • Brett Rogers vs. John Murphy


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