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  • [05-31-08] Kimbo Slice Gets His Prime-Time Shot

    If anyone had any remaining doubts that the broadcast TV networks are seriously worried about their declining audiences, they simply have to turn on CBS this Saturday at 9 p.m. That night the onetime Tiffany Network will turn over its airwaves to a bald, bearded former strip-club bouncer, whose ability to make people bleed has made him a media superstar, currently gracing the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

    On the night where Mary Tyler Moore once ruled, CBS is now banking on Kevin Ferguson, a mixed martial arts fighter who goes by the stage name of Kimbo Slice, to draw younger viewers, especially men ages 18 to 34. But in giving such a prime-time spot to mixed martial arts (MMA), the fast-growing, full-combat sport that combines elements of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jujitsu and other disciplines, the network is taking a calculated gamble.

    Plenty of people are ticked that these violent, bloody bouts will air on free TV. Even CBS executive chairman Sumner Redstone has said that while the move makes business sense, he doesn't personally like the sport and thinks airing it is not "socially responsible" (but, he says, the network's president and CEO Les Moonves calls the shots). "Sure, people have asked 'are you crazy?' says Kelly Kahl, the network's scheduling guru. "And internally, some people are nervous. But we're juiced for this. CBS may skew older than the other networks, but it doesn't always have to be that way. MMA is something worth betting on."

    While the move is a risk for CBS, it's major milestone for MMA, whose growth has been one of the decade's most stunning sports business success stories. For the first time a live MMA fight will be broadcast on one of the big four networks, an extraordinary feat for a sport that, just 10 or so years ago, was roundly derided as "human cockfighting." At first, the caged bouts were fought in the shadows, since the sport was banned in almost every state (it is now sanctioned in 33). But MMA now draws strong ratings on the cable channel Spike TV, and is a money-maker on pay-per-view; in 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA's dominant promoter, secured over $200 million in pay-per-view revenues, up from some $40 million in 2005. Still, scoring a prime-time network audience will expose the sport to a whole new universe of potential fans, and scrutiny. "This is hugely important for the sport," says Doug DeLuca, chairman of ProElite Inc., the company that is staging the CBS bouts. "MMA has done a great job reaching a hard-core, niche audience. Now, it's time to take it to the next level. All eyes will be on us."

    Well maybe not all eyes. Saturday night prime-time TV, after all, has for years been a relative dead zone full of reruns, so DeLuca shouldn't expect knockout ratings, at least not right away. But there's no doubt that Kimbo Slice will draw a crowd. Once a promising Miami high school football player, Kimbo, now 34, flunked out of college and for a time lived in his car. He worked odd jobs — strip-club bouncer, porn company bodyguard — until he started street fighting about seven years ago for money in Miami backyards. "It kept me away from dealing drugs, and breaking into people's houses," Kimbo says. "All that thug s---."

    http://www.time.com/time/arts/articl...,00.html?imw=Y

  • #2
    cant wait for this fight tonight!!!


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    • #3
      umm fight is def not on here.... got sum local fundraiser....
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      • #4
        man EliteXC is a bunch of shit...they called every fucking fight tonight and half the fights got called at absolutely shit time....that Kimbo fight wasnt over.....neither was that Robbie Lawler fight...what the fuck...

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        • #5
          Kimbo Slice would get rapped in the ufc

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          • #6
            ^^
            true
            ^
            true.
            Everybody sound same; commercialize the game, reminiscing when it wasn’t all business.

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            • #7
              Lawler/Smith was great, cept for the bullshit stoppage. Kimbo was dominated the entire fight and the stoppage was bullshit. If they stop the fight because he lands 4 straight punches, then they should have stopped it when Kimbo was laying on the ground not defending himself while the other guy was hitting him with elbows for nearly a minute. Kimbo is straight up trash.

              I liked the chick fight the best .

              Faber/Pulver is tonight. That will be a real MMA fight.
              Last edited by bigjim69247; 05-31-2008, 09:52 PM.

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              • #8
                Motherfucker I forgot to watch it roflz

                Anyone got a video of the kimbo fight?

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                • #9
                  ^ It'll be up soon on YouTube I'm sure. Watch the Smith/Lawler fight if it's up also. It was an early stoppage, but it was a million times better than the suckfest that was Thompson/Slice.

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                  • #10
                    Unless Kimbo can bring his cardio up to par he better stay fighting in backyards....

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                    • #11
                      Yeah I just watched it, that was bullshit. Another few minutes and Thompson would have owned him. Kimbo was fatigued as fuck.

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                      • #12
                        I want Kimbo to fight a UFC fighter


                        Manchester United 34-12-4
                        Real Salt Lake 7-1-1
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                        • #13
                          I understand why everyons bitching about the Kimbo fight, but people are forgetting about ALOT of things. This was Kimbos THIRD fight. I'm pretty sure Thompson was 16-8. Thats 21 more fights, that is a ridiculous amount of experience compared to Kimbo just entering into MMA. Kimbo is was older, smaller, and less experienced, but he still showed his strength (did you guys missed when he simply rolled Thompson off of him with his arms). Kimbo was fatuiged but he showed improvement from the Rich Gannon fight, where he literally did pass out. And yes Thompson delievered unanswered elboms but they didn't do any damage, and Kimbo was trying to defend himself. He was bringin his head into Thompsons chest, and eventually got his hand up over his face.

                          Once Kimbo popped the guys ear the ref had to stop it, not only was he bleeding all over the place but Kimbo was teeing off on his head. With Kimbos punching power it could of been a serious problem.

                          While everyone is hating on Elite XC, everyone still talking about them, and thats just what they want. Who won't watch kimbos next fight to see if he gets knocked out?
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                          • #14
                            Kimbo will NEVER make it in the UFC!

                            He is gonna fight scrubs for his next 5 to 10 fights, so that the people that has invested in him can get rich off him, then he will fight a contender, the people that invested in him will bet against Kimbo so they can cash in, then Kimbo will be back in the streets!

                            I would not buy into this Kimbo hype
                            Last edited by DaWhiteSakuraba; 06-01-2008, 03:45 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Troll View Post
                              I understand why everyons bitching about the Kimbo fight, but people are forgetting about ALOT of things. This was Kimbos THIRD fight. I'm pretty sure Thompson was 16-8. Thats 21 more fights, that is a ridiculous amount of experience compared to Kimbo just entering into MMA. Kimbo is was older, smaller, and less experienced, but he still showed his strength (did you guys missed when he simply rolled Thompson off of him with his arms). Kimbo was fatuiged but he showed improvement from the Rich Gannon fight, where he literally did pass out. And yes Thompson delievered unanswered elboms but they didn't do any damage, and Kimbo was trying to defend himself. He was bringin his head into Thompsons chest, and eventually got his hand up over his face.

                              Once Kimbo popped the guys ear the ref had to stop it, not only was he bleeding all over the place but Kimbo was teeing off on his head. With Kimbos punching power it could of been a serious problem.

                              While everyone is hating on Elite XC, everyone still talking about them, and thats just what they want. Who won't watch kimbos next fight to see if he gets knocked out?
                              Before the fight even started, I couldn't get over how big of a cauliflower ear he had. He would have been smart to drain or cut it to eliminate the risk of it being opened up.

                              I personally think the fight should have been stopped in the second round when Kimbo was taking elbows and fists to his face. I know they weren't powerful shots, but Kimbo was unable to defend himself. If that was anybody else, the ref would have jumped in and stopped it. The stoppage was questionable. If Kimbo didn't knock him out, he would have lost due to a decision. I think Thompson was screwed.

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