Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is an intimidating son-of-a-bitch. Still, there’s no excuse for what happened Saturday night at EliteXC: Renegade. Kimbo’s “opponent,” Bo Cantrell — a late replacement for the injured Mike Bourke — came into the fight completely psyched out, and after a couple of glancing shots from Kimbo, he dropped to the mat and started tapping for mercy. You have to watch the video to see just how pussified it was:
You know how soldiers can get court-martialed for cowardice? There should be an equivalent in mixed martial arts. I don’t want to see Cantrell ever fight again, and he should be required to repay everybody who ordered Showtime specifically to see Kimbo fight but only got 19 seconds worth. For shame, Bo.
In Renegade’s lightweight championship match, former pro boxer KJ Noons grabbed a shocking TKO victory over the heavily favored Nick Diaz, shrugging off multiple takedown attempts and landing a sharp knee and some well-placed punches to open up cuts over both of Diaz’s eyes. The doctor stopped the fight after the first round, causing Diaz to storm out of the cage and give the finger to everyone in the audience.
As for the rest of the evening’s fights, five ended via rear-naked choke in the first round, and only one match made it to round 2:
Jake Shields def. Mike Pyle via submission (rear-naked choke, round 1)
Kyle Noke def. Seth Kleinbeck via TKO (doctor’s stoppage/cut, round 2)
Antonio Silva def. Jonathan Wiezorek via submission (rear-naked choke, round 1)
Geoff Bumstead def. Robert Ruiz via submission (rear-naked choke, round 1)
Yves Edwards def. Nick Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke, round 1)
Matt Lucas def. Jon Kirk via unanimous decision
Brett Rogers def. Ralph Kelly via submission (strikes, round 1)
Jae Suk Lim def. Daniel Pineda via submission (rear-naked choke, round 1)