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EliteXC Re-Signs Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano

Yesterday’s Quote of the Day involving Dana White’s guarded interest in Kimbo Slice had us wondering if the UFC would try to make a play for the popular brawler after his four-fight EliteXC contract was finished. Well, such a play will have to wait, as EliteXC has wisely re-signed Slice — as well as Gina Carano and middleweight champion Robbie Lawler — to long-term, multi-year contracts. In a press release sent out last night, EliteXC Live Events prez Gary Shaw said:

“We’re extremely happy to get these deals done with Kimbo, Gina and Robbie. Fighters know EliteXC is the place to be and the organization to fight for, which is why we’ve always been able to sign or re-sign almost each and every one of our fighters…You don’t see our guys leaving. With us, it’s family and all about the fighters. Every fighter who has fought on an EliteXC card has come away being ambassadors for EliteXC.”

On Gina “Crush” Carano, Shaw said:

“She truly is the face of women’s MMA, an inspiration to many up-and-coming athletes and is a perfect illustration as to why women do indeed have a place in this sport and with EliteXC.”

Slice, Carano, and Lawler will be competing on EliteXC’s premiere Saturday Night Fights broadcast, which airs May 31st on CBS. Though an official lineup will be released in the next few days, the televised card is looking like this:

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. James Thompson (heavyweights)
Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young (140-pound limit)
Robbie Lawler vs. Scott Smith (middleweight championship fight)
Phil Baroni vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua (middleweights)
Brett Rogers vs. John Murphy (heavyweights)

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Anonymous- April 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm
"They don’t have much choice but to give him a serious opponent soon. Otherwise their top star and money maker will become the biggest joke in MMA."

True. But they give Kimbo a lot of creditin his league. I wanna see if all the hype surreounding him is true.
No1Dad- April 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm
"I’ve never seen this guy fight, but when are they gunna stop throwing scraps to Kimbo?"

They don't have much choice but to give him a serious opponent soon. Otherwise their top star and money maker will become the biggest joke in MMA.
Aryan- April 14, 2008 at 1:50 pm
Kimbo and JT...i guess its gonna be better than the last two fights. Hopefully it will last longer.
Anonymous- April 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm
THompson lost against Emelianenko in 11 seconds and got beat by butterbean(a guy who if on the ground cannot get back up). I've never seen this guy fight, but when are they gunna stop throwing scraps to Kimbo?
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