Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. James Thompson - Heavyweights - Frank Shamrock with the dumbest quote of the night. "If anyone can beat Kimbo it is James Thompson"
This was as close to a dirty ref job as I've ever seen. Kimbo Slice wins by TKO - Ref Stoppage - Round 3. Kimbo is getting booed. The one way you could kill the hype train is to make people think the fix was in. This was horrible. The last 2 fights had such bad endings that this is brutal for EXC. Kimbo can't even talk he is so gassed. He said the ref did a good job because he was going to aim for his ear.
Elite XC on CBS was not good for the sport. If we're lucky this will soon be forgotten, if we're not lucky then the most important fight in the history of MMA from an exposure standpoint looks to even the untrained eye to be fixed.
I’m not going to say that Kimbo wasn’t going to knock James Thompson out, because by the looks of things, he probably was well on his way to doing that. The thing that has me irked is that the ref stepped in and didn’t let the fight play out.
If you don’t think there was something rotting in Denmark then riddle me this. Gary Shaw, at the post fight press conference, told the media that James Thompson was taken to the hospital by ambulance immediately after the fight.
Cue entrance of “The Collusus.”
Either someone is lying to the live events president or the live events president is lying. Or, it could be some really bad miscommunication. The kind of miscommunication, however, that gets someone fired. Fast.
OVERALL: I loved the show. The fights were fantastic and despite the two horrible stoppages and the dancing whores I think it went off very well. All things considered over how bad it could have went I think this was as nice as we could have hoped for as mixed martial arts fans on a national stage. Just please stop with the strippers. Please.
Dan Miragliotta, when the fight absolutely, positively has to go your way.