According to Loretta Hunt of The Fight Network, two other promotions, EliteXC and Palace Fighting Championships, are looking to sign Kimbo Slice v. Tank Abbot for their next big event:
While the Palace Fighting Championship took the time yesterday to post a press release proclaiming its interest in hosting the recently canceled Kimbo Slice-“Tank” Abbott heavyweight bout on its upcoming Oct. 18 card at the Tachi Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif., there might be other suitors as well, says Dave Meltzer. Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer reports there are two other promotions vying for the jilted heavyweights’ affections, one yet to be identified and other Pro Elite’s EliteXC promotion, which has been slow to the draw on an event planned for Nov. 10 or 17 with a venue still to be determined. Fueled by its “old school” vs. “new age” brawler theme, the bout has become a guilty pleasure for the sport’s community, thus the frenzy for a less than .500 former UFC star in Abbott (9-13) and an Internet legend who hasn’t even had his first professional bout yet (Slice’s bout with former pro boxer Ray Mercer in June was an exhibition bout).
Sam and I were talking the other day about how big of a draw this fight is. UFC wants nothing to do with Kimbo Slice and they don’t need him. This fight, and Kimbo in particular, might even be drawing more interest than UFC 77, if you’d believe that. When Kimbo’s first fight went down, Luke Thomas’ Any Given Saturday radio show, which is a UFC preview and wrap-up show, was bogged down with calls regarding the Kimbo Slice fight on that very same night.
I would love to see Kimbo sign with EliteXC. I think he’d be a perfect fit there and would draw a lot of interest to what many believe is the second best promotion in the business right now. A Kimbo v. Tank pay-per-view or Showtime special could be a great thing for the promotion.