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Exclusive: Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott set for Feb. 16 in Miami

ProElite.com (SamCaplan.ProElite.com) has learned that the long-awaited heavyweight clash between Internet street fighting legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and former UFC staple Tank Abbott is scheduled to be the main event of EliteXC’s next show on Saturday, February 16.

The show, scheduled to air on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET, is slated to emanate from Miami, Florida. A venue has not been officially announced but the University of Miami has been rumored as a location.

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44 COMMENTS
  • Adam Morgan says:

    It’s sad to think that Tank will put up a better fight than Bo Cantrell.

  • Rln says:

    Lol…. not sure if sad is the word I’d choose. Interesting fight nonetheless. Kind of surprised they didn’t save this bout for a ppv event. I think they’d be able to get/approach 100k buys with it headlining.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Cool. Would have liked to have seen a more … legitimate(?)… fight as the main event. Like Jake Shields vs. Some crap 170 for the belt or something.

  • bigfish042 says:

    They might as well go to the corner bar on fight day and pick up a drunk old brawler…..not much difference

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    At least Tank won’t pull a Bo Cantrell

  • Evan says:

    Will Tank even train?

  • FJ says:

    I want to know how to get tickets. when will the info on the location be available?

  • Andrej says:

    Why would you want ticket’s? I had lost intrest along time ago with Tank Abbott. Watching Tank fight Frank Mir destroyed any intrest in watching Tank ever again.

  • glock says:

    A sorry ass joke . “Elite” XC ? Please. xtra comedy no xtra charge. If you’re the least bit interested in this fight, mommy and daddy need to keep you off the computer, or you should stick to pro wrestling. .
    Tank deserves to make some money now that there’s a little to be made in mma, but this ain’t the way to do it -I for one don’t wanna see him walking around with jello for brains.
    kimbo needs meet some REAL prime talent. I’m sick of hearin “kimbo this kimbo that”, let’s see somthin that matters.
    Too bad brock is in UFC.

  • hhhhh says:

    who the hell wants to see Tank fight?Kimbo is just going to take him down and sub his old ass

  • Andrej says:

    glock don’t hate on Brock Lesnar do the Math: Brock Beat Min So Kim who beat Denis Kang who some people regard as being one of the best at Middleweight.

  • Evan says:

    Hey at least Kimbo is fighting better quality than Fedor!

  • Bob says:

    O.K. I have been an MMA fan since UFC1, and I have seen every pride, and UFC event except a few in the 40’s that I could not get here in Canada. I am a serious fan, and this fight has to be considered a bit of a side show.

    That said, woo hoo. I am stoked to see these two brawlers. I wonder is Kimbo is legit, and Tank always has the one shot power. This will be fun, plus they don’t like each other. I am really looking forward to this fight.

    It does have some real value as a fight, two in fact. This fight will lure a few UFC fans to check out another promotion. If Elite can put together a strong under card this could capture some attention for some up and comer in their stable. Also, Kimbo has a lot of online fans who have heard of Tank. He is a big name in MMA. This will also bring more fans to the sport in general.

    All in all, these theatrics do have a place is sport, not for the hard core fan, but to generate some media attention, and draw new people to the sport. I don’t think that Matt Hughes vs. Joyce Gracie was anything but a media fight either, but it worked. More people watched MMA becuase of it, and many stayed. This fight adds new fans, new fans bring more money.

    MORE MONEY GOOD.

    Bob

  • Chris says:

    anybody have ticket info?

  • JacRabbit says:

    x2 I am looking forward to attending. Wheres the ticket info?

  • platypus says:

    any fighter that bas trains / endorses interests me.

    i would like to see kimbo vs a legit hw ahhhh

  • Evan says:

    “I wonder is Kimbo is legit”

    Bas says he is and the training pics and vids I have seen are seem to point to him taking this seriously.

  • glock says:

    Andrej,
    man I’m far from hatin’ on Brock… I think he’s got great potential- that’s the fight I’D like to see- or even Cheick kongo. But the Tank match up hits the sweet spot for the PROMOTERS moneywise, riskwise, “known” talent, etc. We all know anything can happen in mma so they can also hedge their bets in vegas cause the odds will be favorable.

    Evan, lol, yeah at their respective levels i’d agree.

    Bob I agree with most of what you say, but it is still a side show any way you slice it.

    Tank’s a veteran mma legend and as such deserves respect and a venue to earn some money but the sport has evolved and moved on (hughs gracie comes to mind) and EXC won’t get a dime from me unless they they take the high road.

  • Evan says:

    ” but the sport has evolved and moved on ”

    Indeed. Very much moved on. This really should be his last garbage fight. I am not saying he needs to take on Arlovski next, but at least someone in the IFL level of competition.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Evan

    Post no. 12: lol. Better than the Tank/Kimbo fight, and nobody had to pay.

  • Evan says:

    How is it better? And how is it nobody had to pay?

    It’s on showtime so this will cost everyone more than Fedor on HDnet.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Your post was more entertaining than the fight will be, and the post was free to read, unlike the fight.

  • Da Pit says:

    mike u dont make sense. and for all u WWE dork brock sucks “brock beats this nobody who beats this nobody who beat this somebody”that dont mean shit! Kimbo vs Tank ill still like to watch it, all any fighter has to do is get passed the 1st 2 mins. and Tanks done!

  • Evan says:

    I gotcha Mike. lol

    It know it seems like a stupid comment to make but at least we know that Tank can compete in MMA unlike the S Korean Herman Munster. If every MMA writer and fan made a top 200 HW list, would there be a single one who had Choi before Tank? Especially if it was before the Fedor fight when nobody knew who the hell he was?

  • theickysticky says:

    Bottom line is……some serious sh*t talking is about to take place, it won’t go the distance, some heavy blows are going to be thrown, and someone more than likely will go to sleep.

    The newcomer to MMA will love this. I’m an old schooler from the days of “Pat Smith” LOL!! And I am actually looking forward to see this one….just because. Would I buy it on PPV? Probably not. Would the MMA newcomer who knows who Kimbo is? Probably.

    With that said, I am just hoping the under card can make this event worthy. I am not sure of Scott Smith as the co-main event.

  • glock says:

    Evan,
    If Herman gets to use his knees and learns to use elbows AND what an armbar is and how to not leave a 8ft arm hangin out there, he could be be scary to watch.
    Did you see the pre fight pic with Fedor on MMA junkie?? what a hoot. His fist is about the size of fedors face, and his head is almost twice as big!

  • jnatc says:

    The bottom line is that Kimbo called out Tank to his face. I don’t think this has anything to do with hype on Tank’s part, he got called out and wasn’t going to act like a punk.

  • I dont care if this fight is legit or not, I am one of those fans that is just watching the fight For “Ferg”. I grew up around him. in his neighborhood even went to High school together. I’m just supportinh him. Ferg been knocking out people since he was a young shorty In the ghettos ow west Perrine. I want to watch all his fights. I don’t care how old or young or strong, or weak or tall or short or how many skillz they possess don’t matter. i believe Ferg will knock anybody out that has Fist and breathe. So if they feel froggy, Jump!!!

  • pgamil says:

    i think they brought in tank, cause he seems not to give a crap and they think he wont train – they realize that kimbo is around for at least a little while and they can make money off of him.

    Maybe tank will jog back and forth between the couch and fridge – in which case he could end kimbo’s career.

    kimbo is definately improving with MMA training and it would be cool to see him deal with a decent mMA opponent

  • chubby says:

    tickets r on sale on ticketmaster.com, it will be at the Bank United Center on UM’s campus. I will be there in full support of my buddy kimbo slice.

  • leonidas says:

    UUUUUUUUUGGGHH EVAN u completely have never trained nor know how to fight or too be a fan if you have the stupidity to try and compare dirty ass kimbo to fedor or even put him in the same catagorie. ZULU would fuk up slice and emelienanko stepped through that cat!!

  • I am so glad all you so called MMA experts are putting Tank Abbot down. I am with him everyday and if you think the Tank Abbott tat fought the last seven fights will walk into the Miami arena, you all are idiots. You people are in for a major surprise. Old school or not he is a dangerous opponent for the head bobbing street fighter. Take him down and you will learn more about Tank aBBOTT THAT MOST OF YOU EVER KNEW ABOUT THE GROUNG GAME.

  • Jesse Ray says:

    I am a big Kimbo fan but honestly Brock Lesnar would hand him his ass on a silver platter. Brock is stronger and has alot more experience with ground work. Kimbo on the other hand is the local badass who beats up a bunch of average joes.Although very entertaining but he has yet to do any grappling besides that lil’ bit with Ray Mercer who is a washed up boxer.No diss to kimbo though he’s a tough bastard just not UFC tough.Maybe in a few years not yet though

  • YO! Dasaintrighttchea,

    I will be in Dade County for the Kimbo Tank Fight…..we are on opposite sides but lets do this together and see if you or I might will be right……Tank is ready more than any other fight. We have discussed his one win out of seven losses and this happens, but Kimbo better be ready.
    Everyone in the fight game could see Bo Catrell is damaged goods. He has not won a fight in so long…his stops when he lost before he fought Kimbo where….1 min 35 secs, 55 secs…..35 secs……and I belive 5 seconds and than Kimbo 49 secs. Tank is more dangerus than Gannon and Kimbo has to realize than Tanks quick shots carry about 1500 lbs of punching power. Kimbo has never experienced the power he will feel when he gets in close with Tank and trys to submit or wrestle with him. The internet fans and others thanks to the porn king are fooled but Kimbo better beware………Leave some contact infor ……..

  • slug says:

    KImbo is gona loss cause hes no skill no respect, and he will get his ass kicked. Tank has been there and done it and will kimbo his bitch

  • kimbosupporter says:

    kimbo will fuck tank up

  • We were working hard at the gym locations today and Tank Abbott is ready brothers. We know Kimbo is gettin ready so this is gonna be the match of all matches……..But Kimblo had better be on his best behavior….Or he will get his Dade County ass whupped………………

  • Johnny says:

    I think Tank is gonna K.O. Kimbo big time

  • bulldogin_bars says:

    I don’t care what anyone says! I have been a fan of MMA since the beginning, and this stylistic match-up has potential to be an exciting Saturday night. I’ve watched Tank fight in all the UFC’s and one thing is for sure, at anytime, anyplace you better not get caught! Kimbo is more of an accumulation of punches. Sure he’s knocked out dude on the street with one shot. Who hasn’t? Be Ready!

  • BUFFALO BRIAN says:

    SHOULD BE BETTER THAN HATTON VS MONEY MAY BUT LETS FACE IT VITOR BELFOR I THINK THATS HOW U SPELL IT WHO MIND U IS A BLOWN UP JR MIDDLE WEIGHT MIGHT HAVE BEAT TANK ABBOT TO DEATH IF THEY DID NOT STOP THE FIGHT AND KIMBO NO DOUBT ABOUT IT IS A TUFF PRODUCT TO SELL ON ONE HAND HE BLEED’S WHAT HE IS AND WHERE HE HAS BEEN AND THAT COULD CREATE A HUGE PAY DAY BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE THE HARDEST TASK HE EVER HAD WAS RAY MERCER IN A MMA FIGHT AND THAT SPEAKS FOR IT’S SELF THE OUTCOME IS A TOSS UP NOT ONE TO BET THE HOUSE ON BUT AH AH AH TANK BY KO FIRST MINUTE OF THE 2ND ROUND

  • People are funny as hell, Ive been a mma fan for a long time, I wouldn’t pay for this fight. Shut the hell up! The point here is this is going to be a punch out. Yes, it will be a one rounder, but thats what people want to see. I think these two are going to bang it out hard. Kimbo wants to knock tank out not summit his ass. Tank can knock anybody out old or not he does have a punchers chance. I hope they exchange devistating blows to each other for a good minute or two until one of them crumbles.

  • corey says:

    kimbo sucks he hasnt fought against anybody worth mentioning yet put him in the ring with some real ufc fighters instead of the crappy ones he has fought against so far and kimbos big head will shrink a little when he gets laid out by a real fighter and tank will so kick his ass.

  • westminsterjimmy says:

    Well,

    Kimbo goes in the cage unjuiced and he gets his ass kicked. There was no drug test when he fought Tank Abbott, in Florida. is nostrils were flaring that night eyes bulging and body tight as hell. Look at him against Seth. No disrespect to Seth, but I feel this time Florida did their drug testing.
    Why should the promoter complain, when Kimdo hit Tank Abbott behind the head four times who complained. Tank’s crner should have told Tank to stay down and hve Kimbo DISQUALIFIED. But he finally got his. Back to the internet and his busted eye theatrics.

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