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EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson will reportedly headline the organization’s first prime-time televised event on CBS against James Thompson on May 31st at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The news comes from NBC Sports’ Mike Chiappetta. A source close to one of the fighters confirmed that EliteXC would officially announce the fight later this week.
Ferguson picked up the biggest win of his professional career so far in February, knocking out longtime veteran brawler David “Tank” Abbott at EliteXC: Street Certified. The Bas Rutten-trained fighter forced Bo Cantrell to tap out from strikes in just nineteen seconds in his pro debut last November.
The Miami street fighting legend quickly rose to fame after many of his underground fights became available for viewing on the internet.
Thompson, a veteran of PRIDE and Cage Rage, will easily be Slice’s biggest test to date despite losing six out of his last eight fights. Thompson was recently knocked out by heavyweight prospect Brett Rogers in February. The England native’s last win came over Don Frye in April of last year.
“EliteXC and CBS Saturday Night Fights” will also feature an EliteXC middleweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Scott Smith in a bout that will likely be a sure-fire war on the feet. Female star Gina Carano will also return to action against Kaitlyn Young.
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