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.