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Old 04-09-2008, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kimbo vs. Thompson is SET

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As expected, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (2-0) will meet James Thompson (14-8) in the main event of the very first EliteXC event on CBS.

Our friend Mike Chiappetta of NBCSports.com today confirmed the May 31 bout, citing a source close to one of the fighters.

EliteXC is expected to officially announce the heavyweight clash, which will cap off the first-ever MMA event on major U.S. network television, later this week.

The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and airs in a primetime slot on Saturday night.

The possibility of the Ferguson-Thompson fight was first reported by fiveouncesofpain.com, which also reported that Ron Waterman was the organization's first choice for Ferguson's opponent but that a deal couldn't be reached.

Ferguson, who rose to fame as underground fighter marketed on YouTube and other video-sharing sites, has since teamed up with Bas Rutten to train MMA. After an exhibition victory over Ray Mercer, Ferguson posted a 19-second TKO of Bo Cantrell and a 43-second KO of David "Tank" Abbott. Both fights took place with EliteXC, with whom Ferguson has signed a long-term contract.

Thompson, a British fighter who's lost six of his past eight fights, previously fought for Cage Rage and PRIDE. He most recently suffered a first-round knockout to Brett Rogers at EliteXC's February show in Miami, Fla.

The May 31 EliteXC event is the first of four that will air on CBS over the next year.

Also slated to take place at the debut event is a EliteXC middleweight championship bout between title-holder Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. Additionally, Phil Baroni meets Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and Tom Murphy takes on Brett Rogers. In women's action, Gina Carano is expected to meet Kaitlin Young.
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Great fight to keep building up Kimbo, and there are several intriguing fights on this card.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This looks like a great card to start off their CBS deal. Kimbo will be sure to please new fans, Smith vs Lawler should be great, and Baroni vs Ninja looks interesting.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dang it. I like Thompson but this is just more breast feeding for Kimbo. I'm rooting for The Collossus nonetheless.

I'm really looking forward to Ninja/Baroni.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I love the fights on this card. My least favorite match-up is actually the Kimbo-Thompson fight. I really hope Thompson listens to Randy Couture, sticks to a half decent gameplan and beats Kimbo. I'm not hating on Kimbo, but it's really lame that a guy with two pro fights under his belt (both against cans) is headlining this awesome card.
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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can't wait for the staredown, can't wait for thompson to act like he's not shitting his pants
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Man, EliteXC is building up Kimbo perfectly. Imagine if Dana would've done the same thing with Brock? He could've been twice as big. Seems like he may be taking that route now.

But, Kimbo Slice but KO 38.5 seconds into the first.
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I'm rooting for Thompson.
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I love the fights on this card. My least favorite match-up is actually the Kimbo-Thompson fight. I really hope Thompson listens to Randy Couture, sticks to a half decent gameplan and beats Kimbo. I'm not hating on Kimbo, but it's really lame that a guy with two pro fights under his belt (both against cans) is headlining this awesome card.
A majority of the people watching will be watching because of Kimbo.
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Kimbo will end this fight early! Damn I wanna see him fight someone decent. Not a bad card though!
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A majority of the people watching will be watching because of Kimbo.
I realize that. And it is equally lame.
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