The guys at the Fightling Life point out something no one else has: that EliteXC was absolutely nuts when they ageed to pay Tank Abbott 126k to fight Kimbo Slice. They present these two scenarios as the only likely explanations:
1) Elite XC offers Tank $40,000 to fight Kimbo. Tank, being the shrewd businessman that we all know he is, comes back with a counter offer of one thousand more than whatever Kimbo is making. Elite XC accepts without double-checking the amount that they’ve already agreed to give Kimbo. Tank nearly dies of a heart attack when he finds out how much he’s actually making.
2) Elite XC offers Tank $40,000. He asks for more than three times that amount. The Elite XC representatives stare back at him in stunned silence. Tank produces photos of Elite XC president Gary Shaw engaged in a grotesque sexual act with two underage girls, a gay male stripper dressed as Superman, and a heavily sedated tiger. The Elite XC representatives open their check book and ask how many t’s there are in Abbott.
Of course, the simple answer is this: You always pay more for custom-fit. Tank Abbott was a custom-fit opponent for Kimbo Slice … not only was there only a very small chance Tank would win, but EliteXC would be making an important statement when Kimbo trounced Tank: Hail to the new King of Brawl. There’s really no one else out there who fit the bill as perfectly as Abbott, who also came into this fight with several month’s extra promotion on account of the CFFC event. And he knew that.
So while I still think EliteXC should have been able to figure out a way to lessen the raping on Tank’s check, I’m giving Tank credit for sticking to his guns and managing to extort an awesome (hopefully) final payday.
(photo credit goes to Esther, as usual with all things ProElite)