Kevin â€œKimbo Sliceâ€ Ferguson will meet James â€œThe Colossusâ€ Thompson in the main event of the first ever mixed martial arts show to air on network television reports NBCSports.com. The inaugural rendition of â€œCBS-EliteXC Saturday Night Fightsâ€ had Slice tapped to headline the May 31 card, but until now an opponent had not been confirmed.
The twenty-nine-year-old English-born Thompson is 14-8 in his MMA career with notable victories over Dan Severn, Hidehiko Yoshida, and Don Frye. Over the years Thompson has become somewhat known for his two distinguishing polar characteristics — heavy hands and a glass jaw. In fact, while Thompson has won nine of his total fights via knock out or technical knock out, he has also never lost a fight via decision, only by either KO, TKO, or submission. A veteran of PrideFC, Thompson last competed in February at Elite XCâ€™s â€œStreet Certififedâ€ where he was knocked out by Brett Rogers midway through the first round. Prior to that Thompson faced Neil Grove at Cage Rage 22, where he was also knocked out just 10 seconds into the opening frame.
Given the nature of both Kimbo and his new opponent, I think itâ€™s fair to say that our winner will likely be determined by whoever is lucky enough to land the first good shot. Though James Thompson has looked all shades of lousy in recent performances, he does enjoy a significant height and reach advantage over â€œinternet sensationâ€ Kimbo Slice, which I imagine he will attempt to exploit for as long as possible once the bell sounds.
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