Photo by Esther Lin/Pro Elite.
Just by looking at tomorrow night’s bout between Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott, the average fan can likely already tell that Abbott doesn’t stand much of a chance. It’s nothing against Tank, but Kimbo simply has too many ways to win this fight. He’s the superior fighter going into this one and it’s hard to dispute that.
Let’s be honest here. Since 1998, Abbott has only won two fights and he’s lost seven of his last eight fights. His lone win was a knockout of Wesley “Cabbage” Correira, who spoiled Abbott’s UFC homecoming back in 2003 by defeating the Huntington Beach native courtesy of a cut.
However Tank has been through the fire before. Looking past his record, he’s hung in there with some of the best and he always has the ability to end the fight with one punch. Plus with everything said, I still feel like I need to at least attempt to make the case for him in this fight, so here it goes…
Tank has power: We all know this, it’s no secret. Despite what everyone may think, Tank has the power to knock Kimbo out, there’s no question about it. All we have to do is look back to Abbott knocking out Correira in 2005, you know that guy we all thought had a head full of concrete and stuff and couldn’t be knocked out?
Kimbo doesn’t have the best chin. We’ve seen it before in his street fights. However the key here is whether or not he will want to engage in a stand-up war with Tank. Just like in his exhibition bout against Ray Mercer, he could just opt to take Tank down, where he has a clear cut advantage. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
Tank has the experience: Even though Tank really has only one way to win this fight, the fact that he’s been fighting for well over a decade bodes well for him. It’s likely that Abbott has seen positions during the course of a fight that Kimbo hasn’t, no matter how many different scenarios Bas Rutten tries to put Kimbo in during training sessions.
No pressure for Tank: There is no pressure for Tank Abbott going into this fight. None. He has nothing to lose. In 10 years, he’s won once and that’s it. However all of the pressure is on Kimbo in this one. Unlike Mercer who obviously didn’t even attempt to learn ground skills for their fight and Bo Cantrell who came in on short notice, Tank poses a huge threat in the exact place in this fight where Kimbo is the best.
So there’s the case for Abbott going into this fight. It might not seem like much and it might not change anyone’s mind, but it at least shows us that Tank does at least have a chance against the big bad monster.
Months of bad blood and trash talking will finally culminate at this weekend’s EliteXC: Street Certified, where EliteXC heavyweight sensation and internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will take on legendary former UFC brawler David “Tank” Abbott.
While the fight may not be the sure-fire slugfest everyone is hoping for, it will sure be entertaining nonetheless. With the event only now days away, it begs the question - Who is going to win this Saturday?
A video of Kimbo behind the scenes during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! is after the jump, courtesy of ProEliteTV.
Kimbo Slice discusses his original date to fight against Tank Abbott that was cancelled and how he feels about EliteXC’s upcoming “Street Certified” event being in his hometown of Miami in the above video courtesy of Pro Elite.
Some news for you this morning…
Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting in California
Right after his suspension for a positive steroids test was reduced instead of being overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, Sean Sherk said that he would never fight in the state of California ever again. Over three months later, he still feels the same:
“There’s no reason for me to ever fight in California again. The way they treated my case and the way they handled everything was so unprofessional that there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever fight in the state of California again, unless they get rid of the entire commission and hire a whole new commission,” Sherk told MMA Weekly.
Speaking of the CSAC, they have suspended Luke Hartwig after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout at Strikeforce “Young Guns” event on February 1st. Hartwig has been sidelined for three months (can return on May 1st) and was fined $500.
Fedor Dominates at Russian Combat Sambo Championships
Fedor Emelianenko will be competing at the 2008 Russian Combat Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend.
So how did he do on his first day? MMA Ninja says pretty damn good.
As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent’s nose in 10 seconds.
The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a hold-down. The sequence of events happened once more and Fedor finished off Shushko in just over a minute.
Fan favorite Paul Buentello revealed his desire to take on former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison in one of Morrison’s “MMA rules” bouts in The Underground. Touch of gloves to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the find. Luiz Alves, Muay Thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claims that he believes Tim Sylvia greased up for their title bout last weekend in a recent interview with Tatame.
Jarry Park: Carlo Prater Is Ready For The Fight Of His Life
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson arm-wrestles Elite Xtreme Combat President Gary Shaw. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.
EliteXC heavyweight sensation and internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is scheduled to appear as a guest tonight on “Jimmy Kimmel Live“
The show, which also has Dr. Phil slated to appear as well as musical guests Birdman and Lil’ Wayne, will air tonight starting at 12:05 PM ET on ABC.
Slice will be on hand to promote his upcoming fight against David “Tank Abbott” at EliteXC’s “Street Certified” event on February 16th at the University of Miami’s United Bank Arena in Miami, Florida. Ironically enough, Abbott was a guest of the show just two weeks ago.
After submitting former boxing heavyweight champion Ray Mercer in an exhibition bout in June of last year, Slice fought and defeated fellow heavyweight Bo Cantrell at EliteXC’ s “Renegade” event this past November. Slice and Abbott were originally set to fight at a Cage Fury Fighting Championship event in October but the event was scrapped due to the lack of a pay-per-view agreement.
Kimbo Slice arm-wrestles EliteXC president Gary Shaw. Photo by Tom Casino.
In a long-awaited, much-anticipated grudge match that figures to be an absolute slugfest, the incredibly popular pride of Perrine, Fla., and hometown hero, Kimbo Slice, will face David “Tank” Abbott, of Huntington Beach, Calif., in the main event Saturday, Feb. 16, on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
It will be the second professional MMA fight for Kimbo, the legendary Internet street fighter and YouTube sensation who scored a smashing 19-second, first-round knockout in his Street-to-Elite debut. “With these hands I can part the sea. With these hands I feed the family,” Kimbo said.
Tank, of Huntington Beach , Calif. , is a feared knockout artist and notorious bad boy and trash-talker. A veteran who has never turned down a fight, Tank has called out Kimbo on numerous occasions, including after Kimbo’s EliteXC and MMA debut in November. Tank is supremely confident he will send home Kimbo and his fans unhappy.
EliteXC through Sam Caplan has announced the initial fighters to the upcoming February 16th card in Miami, FL. The long awaited Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott much will be featured in the main event.
ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has learned that the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and former UFC staple Tank Abbott is scheduled to be the main event of EliteXC’s next show on Saturday, February 16.
The show, scheduled to air on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET, is slated to emanate from Miami, Florida. A venue has not been officially announced but the University of Miami has been rumored as a location.
In addition to Slice vs. Abbott, a middleweight matchup between Australian Kyle Noke and former UFC fighter Scott Smith is also scheduled. Antonio Silva and James “Colossus” Thompson are slated to compete on the card as well, in separate bouts.
Abbott and Slice had been scheduled to fight each other on October 12 in Atlantic City, NJ for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships promotion. However, the promotion ran into financial difficulties and was forced to cancel the card. The cancellation allowed Slice to become a free agent, and he signed a lucrative contract with EliteXC soon after.
In addition, Sam is reporting that Gina Carano will also be featured on that show.
In addition to confirming a reported main event between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Tank Abbott, EliteXC announced the addition of female fighter Gina Carano to the card.
Carano last fought on Sept. 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, recording a first-round submission over Tonya Evinger. Carano’s opponent for Feb. 16 has not been announced.
A prime Tank Abbott would make for a wild brawl with Kimbo Slice. Unfortunately, Tank is 10 years past his prime at 42 years of age, having lost 7 of his last 8 fights in 10 years. Even the inexperienced Kimbo should have no trouble putting Tank to sleep. But there is always that chance that Tank lands one of those famous wild punches of his and hurts the granite jawed Slice. At least Abbott will put up a much better showing than what Bo Cantrell offered in Kimbos’ MMA debut.
As for Gina, the inclusion of her on this card should help dispel some of the rumors of a dispute between her and EliteXC. With her spot on the cast of American Gladistors, there were some whispers that EliteXC and Gina were in disagreement over when she would fight next and for how much financially.
411 Mania reported earlier this week that EliteXC is planning on holding a four-man heavyweight tournament during their next show in February. The tournament would apparently feature Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Kimbo Slice, Tank Abbott, and Bob Sapp.
Can you imagine that?
Well apparently there is no truth to the rumor according to Sam Caplan, who says that the idea has never been discussed according to an official close to EliteXC.
Sam also points out the obvious: Sapp is fighting for Strikeforce in February so it would pretty much be impossible.
ESPN profiled EliteXC heavyweight Kimbo Slice on their E:60 program. The feature also includes interviews with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz who give their take on Slice’s rise to fame.
Catching up on the day…
- Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson announced today on The Fight Network’s radio show that he will be fighting in EliteXC’s next event set to take place in February. An opponent for Slice has not yet been named.
- According to M-1’s official Russian site, the company will hold it’s first event under the M-1 Global banner on New Year’s Eve in Japan and Fedor will fight on the card as well:
The first M-1 Global event will take place in Japan, Saitama Super Arena on December, 31!
No one other than four time Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will fight in the main event.
- MMA Mania is reporting about a possible heavyweight showdown at UFC 79 between Eddie Sanchez and Soa Palalei.
- Joe Hall of Sherdog put together a great summary on yesterday’s public annoucement of the forming of the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA).
I don’t want to bad mouth the idea since a few fellow writers out there are involved with the the sanctioning body but something like this may end up bringing MMA closer to the way the world of boxing is run. That’s a place where a lot of fans don’t want the sport to go…
- Kurt Angle will appear on Inside MMA this Friday night on HDNet at 9:30 PM EST.
From the official press release:
Angle, who is the only wrestler in history to hold the distinction of winning four different world heavyweight championships throughout his career, sits down with Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice to discuss his thoughts on all of this week’s MMA action.
Angle also discusses his potential career change from pro-wrestling to MMA - and talks bluntly about which MMA organization he is NOT going to join and why!
- Let’s start talking about suspension shall we…
Bill Mahood plans to appeal his fine and suspension for a positive test for Drostanolone even after he openly admitted that he took the drug.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that they have suspended Josh Diekman, Anthony Lapsley, and Adam Torres.
Diekman has been suspended for nine months and fined $1000 after testing positive for Nandrolone, Hydrochlorothiazide, and Marijuana. Both Lapsley and Torres have been temporarily suspended for suspected use of illegal substances. Lapsley tested positive for the suspected use of Marijuana while Torres tested for Stanozolol and Methenolone
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that they have suspended Jermaine Wilson until February 2 of next year and fined him $500 after testing positive for Marijuana.
On a night when Kimbo Slice made his eagerly awaited professional Mixed Martial Arts debut, KJ Noons stole the show with a shocking first-round TKO over heavily-favored Nick Diaz to capture the EliteXC lightweight world championship Saturday on Showtime
The event, which took place at The American Bank Center Arena, was presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In other televised bouts, world-ranked Jake Shields, who signed a long term deal with EliteXC late Friday, earned his ninth win a row with a hard-fought first round submission (rear naked choke) over Mike Pyle, come backing super heavyweight sensation Antonio “Big Foot” Silva won his first fight in nine months via an opening-round submission (rear naked choke) over Jonathan Wiezorek and Kyle Noke, the bodyguard of the late “Crocodile Hunter,” Steve Irwin, took his EliteXC debut with a second-round TKO over “Dr.’’ Seth Kleinbeck due to orbital cut.
With the exception of Diaz-Noons, which was scheduled for five, 5-minute rounds, the fights were three, 5-minute rounds.
“This was a terrific show for EliteXC, Showtime, and the fans in attendance,’’ Shaw said. “It is unfortunate that the Noons-Diaz fight had to be stopped, but fans need to understand that doctors stop fights for the health and safety of the fighters.
“KJ was simply outstanding. He is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. He beat the guy who was considered the best lightweight, so he is No. 1. Kimbo showed that he is going to be a superstar. I believe we’ve got the best heavyweight in the world in Silva and the best welterweight in the world in Shields. They are going to be world champions. Noke was impressive against a tough fighter.
“All and all, it was a great night.’’