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Roy Nelson-Kimbo Slice In The Works?

(Yeah, that’s a Confederate flag on his shirt. What? Too soon?)

You may recall that we speculated about a potential match between IFL heavyweight champ Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Elite XC’s Kimbo Slice not so long ago. Apparently we’re smarter than even we realized, because IFL CEO Jay Larkin is telling Five Ounces of Pain that it’s a very real possibility:

“If Kimbo wins, we’ll make that match (Nelson vs. Slice) without hesitation,” said Larkin. “We”ll do in on an IFL card or an Elite card — we don’t care. Promotions working together is the only way for this business to grow.”

Two things in response to this: 1) promotions working together is the best (though not only) way for them to gain ground against the UFC, so Larkin has a point there, and 2) the IFL obviously has way more to gain from this fight than Elite XC does, so don’t be surprised if it never happens.

Right now Elite XC has a network deal, some big name fighters, and enough hype to choke a horse. The IFL has a six-sided ring. You tell me whose prospects are brighter. When you consider that Roy Nelson is not only a major threat to actually beat Kimbo, but also relatively unknown and far less marketable to mainstream fans, you have to wonder what the upside would be for Elite XC.

It’s also telling that Jay Larkin is the one talking up this fight, while Gary Shaw is concentrating on blowing people’s minds with MMA’s Tiger Woods this weekend. That’s Kimbo, just in case you haven’t been keeping up. One can only imagine what Shaw will liken him to if he wins tomorrow. MMA’s Alexander the Great? Seems appropriate.


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B Obama- May 31, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Another fat bar stooge for Kimbo to beat on, wow. When Kimbo-mania is finished running wild, he will get whooped by a real fighter, then the rematch etc.

It is all a show people, just like W.W.E. Youtube Kimbo was about fighting, this crap is about money, stop being such an easily manipulated hick and learn something already!
breen- May 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm
kimbo v nelson...winner fight antonio silva???realy wanna see kimbo get knocked da fuck out by big foot!!!
Trick- May 30, 2008 at 11:20 am
If we can't mention Kimbo and Tyson. Then please dont compare Kimbo with Tiger. Tiger is a complete package. It is more fair to compare GSP or Randy to Tiger and Kimbo with John Daily.
Buttflies- May 30, 2008 at 3:25 am
Hahaa! kimbo and big country Nelson! that would be a sweet fight!! Nelson would punish kimbo..for being a retarded,over-hyped ape..
Rumbler- May 30, 2008 at 2:08 am
"(Yeah, that’s a Confederate flag on his shirt. What? Too soon?)"

homegrowncone- May 30, 2008 at 1:47 am
I wouldn't be surprised if it actually happened to be honest. Elite would have the ability to hedge their bets and promote the hell out of Nelson before the fight. I think he's extremely marketable I just think the IFL sucks at promoting him, the rest of the great talent they have and themselves. It seems that Gary Shaw knows how to promote his fighters and his league.

Of course who knows what the hell is going to happen after tomorrow night.
Warcraft- May 29, 2008 at 11:39 pm
I would love to watch "Fat bastard" Nelson show Kimbo what stand-up really is.
I doubt this will happen that soon the EliteXC is gonna ride that Kimbo bandwagon for at least 2 more fights I think.
Ronnie Dobbs- May 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm
I don't remember Michael Jordan ever getting Oliver Miller's shit handed to him. Nelson throwing his gut all over Kimbo would be a quick end to the greatest story in the history of mma ever.