By Robert Rousseau
A bout between Kimbo Slice and James Thompson will headline the first ever EliteXC Saturday Night Fights event to air on CBS on May 31, 2008. In fact, the event will be the first ever MMA event on national network television.
Think EliteXC President of Live Events Gary Shaw isnít stoked?
But thatís not what this article is about. So letís get right down to it: Who wins, the former internet street fighter or the former muscle bound former PRIDE fighter that they call The Colossus?
Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson at EliteXC on CBS
Kimbo Slice is 2-0 with one KO and one submission victory ( really a knockout that took the form of a man tapping ) to his credit in MMA. Further, if you count his guillotine choke victory over former heavyweight champion boxer Ray Mercer in an exhibition bout, then you could call him 3-0.
But what do we really know about Slice beyond the aforementioned and the fact that heís training with MMA legend in Bas Rutten?
Well, actually, we know as much as you can about a guy with only two official MMA fights to his credit.
First, Slice has a nasty streak that you just canít teach. Check out this quote if you donít believe us: ďThe only thing I want to do is win, but the main this I want to break something along the wayóa chin or jaw, rib, arm, some skin, anything.Ē
Further, in the only two real fights weíve seen him in, heís looked good in a technical sense on his feet. Beyond that, heís demonstrated the power and explosiveness that was evidenced during his internet fights and then some. Heck, he even got tagged by Tank Abbott in his last fight and took the punch like it wasnít even there.
What are his ground skills like? Well, thatís the question. But unless James Thompson can get him to the ground, that doesnít matter. Speaking of James Thompson.
James Thompson possesses an overall MMA record of 14-8 with nine (T)KOís and four submission victories to his credit. That said, his career has been on somewhat of a downward turn as heís lost six of his last eight by stoppage.
In the end, Thompson is very strong but his technical skills are lacking (though improving). However, heís the kind of guy that comes in to fight and can hurt you if you leave an opening.
Said another way, Thompson has stopped Don Frye and Hidehiko Yoshida by TKO over the course of his last five fights. Now if either of these guys were about to fight Kimbo Slice, well, itís hard to know who would be favored.
Interestingly, Thompsonó a fighter known for being rather amped upó looked much less so than he used to during his PRIDE appearances in his last fight against Brett Rogers. Needless to say, Rogers knocked him out.
Along with this, Thompson has proven to be susceptible on his feet during his MMA career. In other words, he allows people to hit him and sometimes his jaw doesnít hold up ( The Colossus has been knocked out seven times in MMA bouts ).
That canít be good news against a guy that likes to bang like Kimbo Slice.
Prediction for Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson
Word is that James Thompson is working with Marc Laimon out in Las Vegas to prepare for this bout. Could that mean that heís hoping to bring this one to the ground?
Maybe. That said, itís hard to change your style as a fighter drastically between fights, and Thompson has always been about knocking someone out or getting knocked out himself, which seems to play into Sliceís hands. Yes, itís hard to know what to expect from Slice in this fight, and if the odds makers make Thompson a huge underdog he might be a good guy to take a chance on. But in the end, youíve got to think that Slice is the more confident fighter (and better one) on his feet. And since James Thompson hasnít proven to be a fight ending grappler during his MMA career. . .
Kimbo Slice wins via TKO late in round one. However, you never do know.
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