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Q&A with new EliteXC fighter Kimbo Slice

It isn’t everyday you get a phone call from Kimbo Slice’s manager in response to an interview request in which he informs you that Kimbo is with him and “can do an interview now.”

A longshot interview request comes through and suddenly I had Kimbo on the line. With no questions prepared I knew that this chance might not be around in a few hours and that I had to seize it.

Below is a transcript of an impromptu interview I conducted with Kimbo earlier this afternoon, just hours after announced that Slice had come to terms with EliteXC on a long-term contract.

Sam Caplan: It was announced earlier that you’ve signed a long-term contract with EliteXC, can you talk about other promotions that were bidding for your services?

Kimbo Slice: My manager can give you more information on that. I don’t get involved with that part of the business.

Sam Caplan: When your manager presented you with EliteXC’s offer, what attracted you to the deal?

Kimbo Slice: The whole presentation and how he came to me with it. He came and made it seem like it was pretty good. I met those guys and Jeremy (Lappen) and (B.J.) Penn’s brother Jaydee and those guys were pretty cool guys and everything was fine and everything worked out good.

Sam Caplan: Can you confirm that you’ll be debuting for EliteXC on Nov. 10 on Showtime?

Kimbo Slice: November Tenth! November Tenth, man! Showtime, that’s right!

Sam Caplan: You’ll be in Texas for that fight. Have they presented an opponent to you?

Kimbo Slice: It’s between… I think… I guess they are going to work on either Tank (Abbott) or some guy, Thompson? Jason Thompson? James Thompson?

Sam Caplan: Oh, James Thompson. Okay. Do you have a preference?

Kimbo Slice: Nah. It’s whatever. I’ll fight anybody, man.

Sam Caplan: Can you talk about the length of the contract? Do you know how many fights it’s four?

Click here to read the remainder of this interview with Kimbo Slice on Sam Caplan’s blog at

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