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A look at Kimbo Slice’s EliteXC debut and his opponent, Bo Cantrell

kimbo_cffc5Kimbo Slice could be the next big thing in mixed martial arts. Tell your friends who aren’t MMA fans or are casual MMA fans that there is an EliteXC event this weekend and they probably wouldn’t even know what EliteXC is or care about it if they did. To the general public, UFC is the only show in town and the sport is called “ultimate fighting.”

Tell them, however, that Kimbo Slice is fighting this weekend and they will most likely know who he is. And chances are, they’re willing to watch an MMA event to see Kimbo Slice fight. Kimbo Slice is great for mixed martial arts. Street fighting background or not, people know him, he handles himself very well in interviews, and has vowed to take the sport seriously. He has the potential to be a superstar for EliteXC, introducing even more fans to MMA that have never before seen it. He is a polarizing figure.

The phenomenal things that his trainers, Bas Rutten and the guys at Team Tompkins, have said about him should prove to everyone that he be taken seriously. If you can take Brock Lesnar seriously, then you have to be able to take Kimbo Slice seriously.

That being said, this will be his professional MMA debut against a fighter who has some MMA experience and is 10-10. That man is Bo Cantrell. Who is Bo Cantrell? He’s the guy you find to fight Kimbo when Mike Bourke gets injured. He’s the guy that was the victim of Brad Imes’ latest gogoplata. He’s exactly the kind of guy you want to feed Kimbo in his first fight. And I think the term “feed” is fitting here.

Cantrell loses to anyone who’s anyone. Any guy he’s fought who has fought on the big shows, Cantrell has lost to. Convincingly. Paul Buentello knocked him out in forty-five seconds. James Irvin has knocked him out in the first round as well. And, as previously mentioned, he just got submitted by Brad Imes via one of the rarest submissions in all of mixed martial arts. The one thing Cantrell has going for him is a victory over Mike Bourke, Kimbo’s originally scheduled opponent. That’s not sayin’ much.

Cantrell is a brawler. Nothing more, nothing less. As long as Kimbo keeps his cool and listens to his corner, he should destroy Cantrell. That should make plenty of fans happy and leave them wanting more. If you want to watch the beginning of a career of a superstar, tune your TV to Showtime on Saturday night.

All day, baby. All day.

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  • a. hieronymous says:

    I just hope Kimbo doesn’t pop that dude’s eye out on live TV.

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  • J Bryant says:

    It is noteworthy that Bo Cantrell was Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion with 5 title defenses. Not that I think it will change the outcome of this fight.

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  • ralph grant says:

    i will be watching ..maybe kimbo could be as good as he is in the streets and alleys ..real raw down and dirty street fighting is what he brings on to the table .Good luck Kimbo knock the all out

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  • pr0cs says:

    I am so jazzed that this is being broadcast on Fight Network here in Canada. I’ll get to watch the match without having to jump through any hoops.
    I think Kimbo has a chance to be a really big star, he has a huge following already on the internet, is unique, interesting, seemingly intelligent (in the commentary I’ve watched) and very polarizing.
    I like EliteXC and consider them the primary rival to the UFC, the locale (cage), rules, reffing are very familar to me so I don’t have to adjust how I personally view/judge their fights.
    For me and lot of the other casual fans this why EliteXC is the closest competitor to the UFC.
    Can’t wait for Saturday.

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  • hbdale309 says:

    I remember back in the day when Bo Cantrell was considered to be the next big thing. This was brief b/c he just couldn’t get over the hump but was given a second chance w/ EliteXC. If you saw the Big Perm fight then you know how well that turned out for Cantrell. He followed that up w/ at least 3 more quick losses. Like J Bryant said above, he was Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Champion with 5 title defenses so I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Bo TKO Kimbo. This is Kimbo’s first real MMA fight and he’s fighting a seasoned veteran, not a can like Bourke, so I’m not sure this is the best idea for Kimbo and Showtime. You want your 1st fight to be against a total can or a guy w/ no fights as well… risky.

    Either way, I’m looking forward to this fight.

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