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Kimbo vs Thompson: no longer a rumor

The Fight Network has made rumor official by announcing Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson. What’s funny though is what they say in the article:

The 34-year-old Ferguson carried EliteXC’s latest effort – “Street Certified” – last month. The show, which ended with Ferguson’s 43-second knockout of David “Tank” Abbott, drew rave reviews and generated a live gate of more than $500,000 at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. Ferguson has just 62 seconds of professional experience under his belt. In that brief time, he has emerged as the promotion’s top draw.

The glass-jawed Thompson (14-8) has dropped six of his last eight fights, including two straight. In the last 14 months, the 29-year-old has been knocked out by Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Neil Grove and Brett Rogers. Thompson lasted less than a minute with Esch and Grove. Victories over UFC Hall-of-Famer Dan Severn and Don Frye highlight his resume.

So this is a fight between the retardedly popular but extremely green street fighter vs the glass jawed losing streak colossus. No one’s really taking this fight all that seriously, but the guys at BloodyElbow (who are extremely quote-friendly today) say the fight makes perfect sense from a business standpoint:

Kimbo’s handlers are building him the right way. Each time the stakes get progressively higher and the opponent progressively better. Notch by notch, they are setting up new but beatable challenges for Kimbo that help boost confidence along with the experience that comes from fighting. Thompson isn’t exactly a terror, but he does have a great deal of experience, trains with a good team and has some takedown ability. That means if Kimbo wants to box, he’ll be forced to earn the position.

I can’t argue that this is a decently smart booking for EliteXC, but I still think they could have gotten better. Why get someone who’s known to take a nap in under 60 seconds when you can find one of those heavyweights who can’t fight for shit but can still take three rounds worth of patio stones dropped on their jaw? If only Josh Haynes would move back up to heavyweight, we’d be set!

  • FightStinker is RIGHT!

    Kimbo Slice Punch-Out

    First Round
    Mac vs Glass Jaw Thompson
    2nd Round
    Mac vs Zulu King Hippo
    Final Round
    Mac vs Kimbo Slice

    anybody up for a reissuing of punchout?

  • Lifer

    ok seriously does kimbo need a ‘confidence’ boost at this point..? he’s been killing people on the street for years and suddenly you put gloves on him and he’s going to lose faith in himself?

    i dont think that he is in need of any coddling.

  • Tertio

    Cabbage is still considered too dangerous for Kimbo ? If not the guy would be a good candidate….We know he can take a punch (Big Tim anyone?) and has lots of experience.
    Sure he also got KOd by Tank who got KOd by Kimbo (But no one knows about that)…still would be a nice step up in competition.

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    Cabbage after Thompson would definitely make sense.

  • clint notestine

    I hope Thompson bum rushes Kimbo and they have it out like the Thompson- Frye fight. We would get to see if Kibo can last longer than the time it takes his opponent to cross the cage and see if he can take a beating.

  • Xavier

    Yay, the new EliteXC sack of shit match is official.

  • gdozillad

    I was there at Strikeforce live. After an initial pop, he was booed before he finished making his way to the ring. Didn’t help that in his interview he offered to ”fight here in San FRAN”.

  • fightlinker

    Yeah i remember that. The whole thing was very pointless … guess the original plan was to have Kimbo announce his opponent but that didn’t happen :-p

  • stink47

    When James Thompson fights you know someone’s going to get knocked out – JAMES FUCKIN THOMPSON – HA!

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    I like watching James Thompson fight. Can’t wait for Thompson to take out Kimbo. He might have a glass jaw but Kimbo’s jaw is still in question.

  • JC

    Chill, people.

    Kimbo is the circus act, borne beautifully of the internet marketing age (hey, he learned the trade at a very successful internet porn co), who puts bums’ bums in seats to pay for REAL fights like any involving Lawler, or even Baroni. Shaw may be sleazy, but he knows his biz: a large dollop of WWE (Tank is testament to that, talk about a DIVE!) mixed with some top level legit fights.

    True MMA fans are not being asked to believe Kimbo is real; Cantrell and Tank knew what their jobs were, and did them. MMA fans, if they can just hold their noses for the Kimbo affairs, are still going to get some quality fights, a much needed alternative to the UFC.

  • fightlinker

    Hey Hanzo, you need to take into effect Kimbo’s kinky beard, which according to everyone on gives him an unfair advantage as it protects him from punches somehow

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Only the CSAC and contributors would believe something like that.