Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kimbo Assisted in Avoiding Colossus Upset

On Saturday night, a night marked down in MMA history as the first nationally televised fight on prime time, Kevin Ferguson aka Kimbo Slice, escaped what was sure to be an exhaustive upset loss at colossal British underachiever, James "Colossus" Thompson.

Thompson started the fight strongly enough, taking Kimbo down numerous times. Unfortunately for Thompson, Kimbo was able to reverse all the takedowns and avoided any serious damage. Thompson, however, was laying on Kimbo and his massive weight (260+ lbs) would begin to take its toll the very next round. Unlike experienced MMA fighters, Kimbo was not used to throwing the hands and tumbling on the ground with a man bigger than him and with more world class experience.

Kimbo opened up the round strongly and landed a few hard left and rights on Thompson's chandelier chin, but Thompson survived the initial onslaught and Kimbo's eyes went form seriously furious to strangely curious as to how Thompson, whose chin has let him down everytime he's been clocked solidly, was still standing. Thompson then took a visually exhausted Kimbo down and then applied some effective, though definitely not Hughes-ish ground and pound clinic dropping in a series of elbows and short right hands while controlling Kimbo's position on the ground.

At the end of the round, Kimbo was exhausted to the point that the referee had to tell him to get up. All credit to Kimbo for coming out the next and last round and taking the initiative. He landed a hard right to Thompson's wholly inflated cauliflower ear and the blood began dripping out. Kimbo landed a few more hard punches that clearly hurt and staggered Thompson. But unlike the few other times Thompson's bell was rung in the night, this time the referee stopped the fight-- a bit prematurely in this writer's opinion.

A clearly frustrated Thompson immediately asked the referee why he had stopped it and also put his massive left arm on the referee face in anger, it seemed. Kimbo, on the other hand, immediately went to the canvas on his back and stretched his arms in an exhausted, relieved, and victorious elation.

If one thing, it showed Kimbo is nowhere near ready for the sport's elite ... for now.

Another unanswered fight was the middleweight EliteXC championship fight between Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith. After almost three exciting rounds, an accidental poke in the right eye of Smith caused the bout to be stopped when Smith twice told the doctor he could not see but wanted the five minutes to recover. A rematch should be in order. No fighter had shown a clear inclination of being stopped at the fights anti-climactic conclusion.

Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young may have been the fight of the night. Carano avoided some serious leg kicks and used her muay thai experience to have the doctor stop Young's chances after her face was rearranged due to Carano's strike.

"What Kimbo showed tonight was garbage," said Brett Rogers when asked by Frank Shamrock after the fight what he thought about the fight. Rogers, who already kayoed Thompson in non-controversial fashion, also kayoed Jon Murphy in under a minute.

Could Rogers go a few strong rounds with Kimbo? Or will Kimbo get a chance for redemption when he fights a fighter who prefers fighting on his feet? Hopefully, we'll get the answer sooner rather than later.

And on a more hopeful note, this should be the last time Phil Baroni should be allowed to fight. A kayo loss does not spell doom for any fighter's career, but Baroni, who suffered another ko loss to Joey Villasenor, has had that chin switch flipped and he will always be susceptible for to a kayo loss.

1 comment:

  1. nice entry. i saw you on list 1 on bx so i hit you up. return the favor when you get a chance. - hardkore.


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