Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bye Bye Kimbo

The clock has struck midnight for Kimbo Slice. Tonight a journeyman fighter named Seth Petruzelli, who took the fight with Slice less than three hours prior, won the biggest fight of his life. Kimbo Slice got caught with a quick right hand that dropped him. Petruzelli did not let up. He got on top of the fallen Slice and pounded him with a series of punches until the referee stepped in and stopped it.

Kimbo Slice is no longer undefeated and EliteXC's golden boy has lost his luster. The obvious question is what is next for Kimbo and the MMA promotion. I have said before that EliteXC would be better off using Kimbo as a lead-in for their main events, instead of as the headliner. MMA fighters lose fights. They all do. You cannot sell a fighter to fans as unbeatable and that is just what EliteXC did with Kimbo.

Now they must shift their focus from Kimbo and build up the rest of their fighters. The public's love affair with Kimbo is not over. He is an intriguing personality and he will still garner large audiences whenever he fights. I hope for his future as a fighter, EliteXC takes this opportunity to lower his profile and give him a real chance to evolve into a legitimate title contender.

6 comments:

Mike said...

Given that Elite XC is losing so much money, and that Kimbo has lost its luster.. is elite xc done for?

chappyd said...

they will still use him in main events. repackage him, fight shamrock, win, and rematch petruzelli.

lionit said...

Good thing Rodgers didn't fight him. Kimbo will be ok. Everyone loses in MMA.

regredbull said...

I wonder if Affliction is rethinking there relationshpi with them now. CBS should bag Elitexc and huire Affliction

Anonymous said...

Soooo glad this happened. I hope ten million were watching.

Cornu said...

Dana White was right afterall :)