It isn’t everyday you get a phone call from Kimbo Slice’s manager in response to an interview request in which he informs you that Kimbo is with him and “can do an interview now.”
A longshot interview request comes through and suddenly I had Kimbo on the line. With no questions prepared I knew that this chance might not be around in a few hours and that I had to seize it.
Below is a transcript of an impromptu interview I conducted with Kimbo earlier this afternoon, just hours after ProElite.com announced that Slice had come to terms with EliteXC on a long-term contract.
Sam Caplan: It was announced earlier that you’ve signed a long-term contract with EliteXC, can you talk about other promotions that were bidding for your services?
Kimbo Slice: My manager can give you more information on that. I don’t get involved with that part of the business.
Sam Caplan: When your manager presented you with EliteXC’s offer, what attracted you to the deal?
Kimbo Slice: The whole presentation and how he came to me with it. He came and made it seem like it was pretty good. I met those guys and Jeremy (Lappen) and (B.J.) Penn’s brother Jaydee and those guys were pretty cool guys and everything was fine and everything worked out good.
Sam Caplan: Can you confirm that you’ll be debuting for EliteXC on Nov. 10 on Showtime?
Kimbo Slice: November Tenth! November Tenth, man! Showtime, that’s right!
Sam Caplan: You’ll be in Texas for that fight. Have they presented an opponent to you?
Kimbo Slice: It’s between… I think… I guess they are going to work on either Tank (Abbott) or some guy, Thompson? Jason Thompson? James Thompson?
Sam Caplan: Oh, James Thompson. Okay. Do you have a preference?
Kimbo Slice: Nah. It’s whatever. I’ll fight anybody, man.
Sam Caplan: Can you talk about the length of the contract? Do you know how many fights it’s four?