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Old 04-30-2008, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kimbo Slice to grace cover of ESPN The Magazine

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"Kimbo Slice to grace cover of ESPN The Magazine
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Apr 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm ET
EliteXC heavyweight Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson will grace the cover of ESPN The Magazine next month to coincide with the organization's May 31 network television debut.

Ferguson, who faces James Thompson in the main event of EliteXC's debut "Saturday Night Fights" event on CBS, will become only the second mixed-martial-arts fighter to appear on the magazine's cover.

Then-UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who was featured on the May 7, 2007 cover, was the first.

Ferguson owns just a 2-0 career record, but his former profession as an underground street fighter who found stardom on YouTube and other video-sharing sites propelled him to instant fame in MMA. After a quick victory over (then) 46-year-old former boxer Ray Mercer in an exhibition bout, Ferguson accepted an offer from Gary Shaw and signed a contract with EliteXC in October 2007.

Ferguson has since posted two quick victories -- a 19-second stoppage of Bo Cantrell and a 43-second knockout of David "Tank" Abbott -- and recently signed a contract extension with the organization.

On May 31, he headlines "EliteXC: PRIMETIME," the first-ever MMA event to air live on major U.S. network television. The event takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The photo shoot for the magazine cover took place this past Thursday in Thousand Oaks, Calif. A behind-the-scenes video of the shoot can be found above."



First Chuck now Slice. Will this spark up another round of barbs between the two? And is this good for MMA in general? ESPN recognizing a fighter that has a great following but is barely an infant in the sport. What do you think?
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ride that Hype Train Kimbo before you get KTFO by a real fighter . . .
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Would it be cliche to say that this is getting old? ESPN covering MMA is about as legit and comprehensive as ESPN covering the NHL.
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Dude, honestly he deserves it. He is the best fighter out there. He could beat Chuck Liddell and no one is complaining about chuck getting the cover so whats up!? thats what i thought! Kimbo is from my hood and he is my boy and he is going to be the best fighter ever.

On a serious note, while I was making fun of Kimbo in the above rant, two kids beside me are checking out a kimbo fight online. Its ridiculous. That is a huge coincidence. that sort of thing makes me want to cry. I want to just look over at them and be like "how did you guys like Aoki's flying guard against Calvacanti?" lol
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You know I hate Gary Shaw but you cant argue the guy runs one hell of a hype machine and knows how to market fighters.
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I'm shocked.

If this circus act is getting this kind of attention and making the kind of money he is making, he should be fighting top fighters.

This guy is bad for MMA.
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I guess I should no longer be shocked that people make so much money appealing to masses of the intellectually deprived...
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On a serious note, while I was making fun of Kimbo in the above rant, two kids beside me are checking out a kimbo fight online. Its ridiculous. That is a huge coincidence. that sort of thing makes me want to cry. I want to just look over at them and be like "how did you guys like Aoki's flying guard against Calvacanti?" lol

Here's even more of a coincidence: I'm watching the Aoki-Calvacanti fight on Youtube right now.
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They'll probably get a big boxing writer to hype Kimbo's striking skills and his chin and his power, talk about how he's the next force in the sport, and then Kimbo will get knocked the f*ck out in either this fight or the next one.

He'll never even get to fight Bigfoot, which is really too bad, because that's an asswhupping I really want to see.
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Big step down from Huerta. Bad for the sport's image IMHO.

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They'll probably get a big boxing writer to hype Kimbo's striking skills and his chin and his power, talk about how he's the next force in the sport, and then Kimbo will get knocked the f*ck out in either this fight or the next one.

He'll never even get to fight Bigfoot, which is really too bad, because that's an asswhupping I really want to see.
I can't see Thompson KOing Kimbo, the guy is quite possibly one of the most retarded fighters I have ever seen, watch his fight against Aleks E. As much as I dislike Kimbo, I can't see any of the crap competition in Elite XC KOing him, I can see him getting his ass whooped by some fighters, like Silva, though.

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