Saturday, October 25, 2008 | 5:53pm
Kimbo Slice’s Epic Fail Causes His Whole MMA Promotion To Fold
Talk about pressure. Kimbo was carrying the whole promotion. So when he lost…whelp.
By now everyone is familiar with Kimbo Slice‘s recent 14 second MMA loss. If not, this is how it went. Kimbo was scheduled to fight Ken Shamrock. Ken Shamrock hasn’t been a good fighter in some time and has spent the last few years as Tito Ortiz’s personal punching bag but with his drawing power was set to do huge numbers when he and Kimbo locked it up in a Saturday Night fight on CBS. Well, Ken no showed and EliteXC scrambled to find a replacement. Who they found was Seth Petruzelli, a little known fighter with a not so great record. The plan was to just feed someone to Kimbo so fans could at least see the internet sensation knock someone out. From what I hear Seth has been fed to a few big name fighters in the past and was pretty much a professional jobber (he seems to just like to roll around with half naked men). However what happened that Saturday was Seth beat the holy ish out of Kimbo… in 14 seconds.
Kimbo’s skills had always been questionable. Several UFC guys have called Kimbo “a bum” who would quickly lose to anyone in UFC. EliteXC, Kimbo’s promotion, ignored those kind of statements and built their whole promotion around Kimbo. So in the fallout of his lose, everything came apart. EliteXC lost tons of advertising who were afraid that people weren’t gonna tune in anymore since Kimbo is no longer seen as unstoppable. After the advertisers left, EliteXC lost their TV deals with Showtime and CBS. So now with no money and no TV deals, EliteXC is closing up shop.
All this because Kimbo loss one fight. Talk about an epic fail.
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