Eugh. I’m going to do something I never thought I would do, and that’s agree with Kevin Iole. The MMA Analyst takes exception to Iole’s response to a reader who objects to Kimbo Slice being the main event for the CBS show:
Iole: I don’t have a problem putting Kimbo on the card, but I find it horrible he’s in the main event against James Thompson. How CBS would accept Thompson as the opponent in a main event is beyond me. The guy has lost two in a row and six of his last eight. It’s a disgrace that a guy with a record like that would be put into a main event of such a significant card in the sport’s history.
The Analyst had this to say:
I find it unbelievably ignorant that Iole can’t see why Kimbo Slice is the main event on this card. Yeah, it’s a crap fight to have as a main event when you think of it in terms of quality, but in terms of entertainment, Kimbo Slice is guaranteed to “tee off” on James Thompson’s world famous weak chin.
I’m sorry, but this isn’t some stupid Showtime event, this is the first major MMA event on broadcast television. While no one is really debating that the fight will probably be entertaining, it’s still a trashy carnival match that has no business being the main event on a card that’s supposed to steward the new age of MMA into existence.
If you want a comparison to put things in perspective, imagine if the NBA was in the same position as MMA where they finally get a show on broadcast television. Should they show a game between the two best teams in the league? Or how about the Harlem Globetrotters vs the local high school team? Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson is about as close to a farce as you can get while still being MMA – which is all the sadder considering Slice’s last three bouts were even worse.
Hey, again: I’m actually looking forward to Slice vs Thompson. I just don’t delude myself into thinking I’m looking forward to it in the same way I look forward to other fights like Silva vs Henderson or Penn vs Sherk. One of the great things about MMA is there’s so many different kinds of fights that can happen under the auspices of the sport. I just find it unfortunate that the kind of fight EliteXC chose to headline their CBS debut is about as gutter as it gets.