Adam Morgan has noticed through multiple threads on the Underground Forum that Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s scheduled event in October, featuring Kimbo Slice vs Tank Abbott as the main event, may have been cancelled completely:
There’s been a number of sources on the Underground Forum claiming that this whole event is off, not just the Tank/Kimbo fight. Oddsmaker Joey Odessa is claiming that the event is completely off while the fighters have no idea. Fighter Duke Roufus says he hasn’t received his flight information yet.
We will definitely continue to follow this story. I’ll post any updates as soon as I get them.
Update 2:26 PM: MMA Junkie is reporting that the main event between Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott has just been cancelled and the event will still go on as planned:
The headline fight between the popular sluggers was supposed to headline CFFC 6 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Newark, N.J., but according to event promoters, the bout has been called off. A reason for the cancelaton wasn’t given.
Despite losing its main event, the CFFC 6 show is expected to go on as scheduled. Former UFC fighters such as Dennis Hallman, Marcio Cruz and “The Ultimate Fighter 5’s” Brian Geraghty are all on the fight card.
Update 2:48 PM: Five Ounces of Pain is saying that both the event and the fight are still on:
According to Nick Lembo, the counsel to the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, the card has not been canceled. Lembo indicated he had spoken with CFFC promoter Felix Martinez in the last 24 hours upon hearing some of the rumors. He indicated that Martinez said the show was still on but there are some issues pertaining to the pay-per-view provider. Apparently a deal between CFFC and the initial PPV production company it chose to televise the event is no longer in place.
I also contacted Bas Rutten for comment in regard to the fight since he trained Slice for his MMA debut against pro boxer Ray Mercer as well as prepping him for the upcoming fight against Abbott. According to Rutten, the fight is still on to his knowledge because Slice has been training with him every day in preparation for Abbott and has made no mention of the fight being canceled.
MMA Junkie has changed it’s tone upon learning of Sam Caplan’s report, stating that the fight now “may be cancelled”.
Update 3:48 PM: MMA on Tap has learned that both the fight and the event are still on. The reason for the rumors starting was that CFFC lost their current deal with iNDEMAND PPV to broadcast the event.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships matchmaker Gary Marino has announced that UFC veteran Tank Abbott and the infamous Kimbo Slice will collide at CFFC 6: Heavy Hands on October 12 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ.
Abbott most recently fought at Cage Rage 21 in April, being stopped by Gary Turner in the first round due to strikes. Abbott has lost 7 or his last 8 fights. His last victory was a knockout win over Wesley Correira at Rumble on the Rock 7 in 2005.
Slice garnered his first professional MMA victory when he submitted former boxing champion Ray Mercer with a guillotine choke at CFFC 5 last month. After the fight, Abbott called out Slice and asked him to throw down in the parking lot, which led to mayhem once Abbott tried to scale the cage in order to get his hands on Slice.
Cage Rage Championships has announced that K-1 veteran Bob “The Beast” Sapp has been forced to withdraw from his fight at Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day. According to Cage Rage, Sapp was having some personal problems which made him unavailable for Saturday’s event.
Replacing Sapp will be legendary pitfighter David “Tank” Abbott who is expected to arrive in London later today.
News and Notes
- World Best Fighter has announced the updated card for it’s event on February 3rd - Fearless One - in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The announcement comes at the hands of headliner Tank Abbott dropping out of the fight because of injury. He will be replaced by Justin Eilers…
The updated card:
Justin Eilers vs Ji Hoon Kim
Mike Massenzio vs Okuda Masakatsu
Greg Soto vs Hyun Kyu Lim
Lee Gibson vs Jong Man Kim
Jon Murphy vs Wee Seung Bae
Mike Murray vs Tim Troxell
Lyman Good vs Julio Cruz
Brenden Barrett vs John Doyle
Lennox Chance vs He Teng
Peter Kaljevic vs Dai Shuang Hai
Aaron Miesner vs Ao Hai Lin
David Cummings vs Tai Quan Zhang
Zao Zi Long vs Yu Yang Rae
Legendary fighter David “Tank” Abbott has signed a contract with Strikeforce to fight “The Headhunter” Paul Buentello. The event will take place October 7th at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.