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Old 07-16-2008, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Kimbo returns in the fall, Rodgers not definite opponent

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EliteXC heavyweight Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (3-0) will return to action this fall, but a fight with Brett Rogers (8-0) is neither signed nor even guaranteed at this point.

Doug DeLuca, executive chairman of Pro Elite, Inc. (EliteXC's parent company), shared the organization's plans for its highly marketed heavyweight during a media conference call today.

According to DeLuca, Slice is busy training for his next fight, which will take place in the fall -- most likely on another nationally televised CBS event.

"Kimbo is training hard," DeLuca said. "Kimbo is flying back and forth between Miami and California. He's training with his team."

Slice most recently headlined "EliteXC: PRIMETIME," which took place May 31 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Slice defeated James Thompson in the night's main event via controversial third-round TKO stoppage. Thompson delivered a lengthy ground-and-pound assault in the second round, but Slice assured the referee he was OK to continue and was saved by the bell.

Just 38 seconds into the next round, Slice tagged his opponent with a right hook that burst open Thompson's heavily cauliflowered right ear. Although the blow didn't drop Thompson, the fight was halted. Thompson angrily protested the stoppage to no avail.

In a post-event press conference, Brett Rogers (who defeated Jon Murphy in the night's first televised bout) had a harsh critique of Slice's performance.

"I seen some [expletive] today," Rogers said. "I seen some [expletive], some garbage-ass [expletive]. I'm a heavyweight, and I feel I'm a true heavyweight. (James) Thompson? Much respect. But I'm saying it like this. Kimbo Slice, man, that was just garbage, man."

A small skirmish ensued after Slice entered the press conference and was told about the comments. And though order was restored, Rogers has since been very vocal about wanting a fight with Slice. Gary Shaw said the fight would happen, but as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, Shaw's role with the company was recently scaled back, and it's unknown if that could affect the possibility of the Slice-Rogers fight.

"You are going to see Kimbo again -- probably late September or early to mid October," DeLuca said. "I definitely cannot confirm that he will fight Brett Rogers because we're not sure that's the next fight for Kimbo."

No matter the opponent, DeLuca said he doesn't understand some of the criticism that Slice receives.

"One thing I will say about Kimbo -- for everybody who likes to give him a hard time -- I really don't understand it," DeLuca said. "I don't understand why someone can't find the sport of MMA, sort of like (EliteXC-CBS broadcaster) Gus (Johnson) did months ago. In Kimbo's case, it was a year or so ago, but he found the sport, and he's committed, and he's a natural and a great fighter. This guy, unlike some guys you see that come up on the streets that don't have the discipline or focus, this guy is one of the most disciplined and focused guys I've ever seen.

"To his credit, after his fight with James Thomson, Kimbo said, 'Look, I'm a baby at this sport, and I know it.' He said, 'I'm standing up on this dais with world-class athletes who have been at this much longer than I have been.' He said, 'I know I need to up my game in various places and at various levels, and I will do that.'"
This fight has to happen or more people are going to think Kimbo is a joke. It would be a hell of a sell to EliteXC. I think Rodgers would school him though.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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All I have to say is that they shouldn't have "babies" main event on professional MMA cards if they don't want fans to give him a hard time. And at least cut his paychecks in half. Six figures a fight and you're a "baby at this sport"? Man up and take a pay cut or fight some real dudes. 50,000 is more than enough "bread" per fight for a "baby in this sport".

On paper, I think Brett Rodgers is the PERFECT next match-up for Kimbo. Neither guy has been proven against tough competition, they're both big and like to throw leather. My money's on Rodgers, but hey, I am a "Kimbo Hater", right?
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I knew it. As soon as they announced this fight I thought "Great, Kimbo finally has to face someone who isn't a complete joke." and then I immediately was suspicious because I didn't think they would give up the Kimbo hype yet. Rogers isn't anything special but it looks like they are thinking that he is still too much for Kimbo and don't want to risk it.

We need Rogers to step up and start talking more smack here to force their hand. I hope this fight still happens but I'm not surprised at all to see Elite XC backpedal on it.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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is anyone here honestly suprised in the least bit if this fight doesn't go down? kimbo should've gotten into boxing or something, he is not gonna go anywhere in the MMA.. i used to love kimbo but after seeing JT get robbed, i just want to see kimbo get pummelled.. just to see what he'll say post-fight.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They'll probably give Kimbo somebody like Sam Adkins just to keep the Kimbo hype alive!
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