Three names keep popping up as the next opponent for Kimbo Slice on Oct. 4: Brett Rogers, Ken Shamrock and … wait for it … Sean Gannon.
The feeling among Elite XC execs, however, is that it’s better to hold off on a Rogers-Slice showdown for fear that its cash cow, Kimbo, would lose, and thereby extinguish his marketability and the organization’s potential pay-per-view debut.
Shamrock would fit nicely — he hasn’t made it out of the opening round since 2005 — but it appears Elite XC is having trouble getting the deal worked out.
And so, that leaves Gannon, a Boston police officer who defeated Slice in the most famous of the Miami street brawler’s underground fight videos.
Well, folks, you knew this was coming. I mean, really, who didn’t see this coming? Rogers vs. Slice is a matchup that doesn’t make any sense for EliteXC right now. If he loses to Rogers, a relative unknown to casuals, then Kimbo’s mystique is all but dead. And at this point, it’s very likely that Rogers would take Kimbo to school in that fight. It’s obvious what kind of plan EliteXC has for Kimbo and that’s to build him up against people that they feel he can beat.
Gannon makes perfect sense in that role. He’s the only guy who has beaten Kimbo in a street fight and the fight has been seen by millions of people on YouTube and other video sharing sites. It doesn’t matter to EliteXC if Gannon is not even a legitimate MMA fighter as long as he presents A) an opponent that Kimbo can beat and B) a marketable story. Gannon fits the description for both of those requirements.
So for those, like myself, who are still waiting to see what Kimbo does against a legitimate MMA fighter it looks like we may have to wait even longer. Eventually EliteXC is going to have to put Kimbo in against a real fighter because at some point people are going to get tired of watching him beat up on lesser fighters.
Update: MMAWeekly.com is quoting EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw as saying the promotion is considering several options for Slice’s option on Oct. 4 but that Gannon is not one of them.