By Zach Arnold | October 3, 2008
With both pro-football (Dolphins at home vs. San Diego Chargers) & college football (Florida State vs. Miami) dominating the Miami sports this scene this weekend, let’s see what kind of oxygen Elite XC can get with Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock.
Sherdog: The Kimbo Slice bubble
Stated plainly: EliteXC’s survival is contingent upon Slice in a way no other MMA promotion is reliant upon any of their stars. While EliteXC is possessive of a valuable if incomplete roster of fighters, none save female superstar Gina Carano are able at all to deliver ratings, DVD purchases or ticket sales. And while there is no doubting the power of Carano, it’s not at all clear she can carry the struggling promotion without Slice doing much of the heavy lifting (Slice is, after all, the main event).
“Based on what I saw out of Kimbo’s last fight, Ken has the capability of winning this fight,” says Rich Franklin, who beat Shamrock in 2005.
Franklin cautioned that he’s not sure what kind of physical shape Shamrock’s in today. But Shamrock, one of five men in Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Hall of Fame, says he has let his body heal and is feeling better than he has in past years.
The Palm Beach Post: Gladiators star ‘Crush’ (Gina Carano) enlivens EXC card at BankAtlantic Center
“I’m kind of an extreme person, so I guess that fits me pretty well,” Carano says. “It seems natural.”
Maybe it does to her, but dad still cringes. He will Saturday, because Gina says Kobold (16-2-1) is her toughest opponent yet.
“She’s got a great smile and a great set of teeth,” Glenn says. “And let’s hope they all stay in place.”
The Long Beach Press-Telegram: EXC is sticking with what works
Three bouts into his professional MMA career, the 34-year-old Floridian is one of the most popular fighters in the game but also one who has yet to gain credibility within the MMA community with the lack of competition that has been put in front of him. But he said he doesn’t hand pick his foes.
“I fight whoever they put in front of me,” Ferguson said. “I have not turned down one name. My promoter lines them up, and I knock them down. I’ll fight anybody.”
You try to think about going in there and try to get a guy in a position where you’re going to end up stopping the fight or at least hindering him from performing in the fight. You want to go in to do some damage early and try to tap him out. You don’t think about trying to end somebody. At least I don’t. You hear it said all the time, like, ‘I’m going to end your career. I’m going to kill you. I’m going to break your leg.’ A lot of those things are said, but when you go in there you understand it is all mental. It’s a mental game and you’re just trying to get in a guy’s head. To make him think if you get his leg and you do put a hold on there, you’re going to break it. And he’s going to think about tapping a lot sooner. It’s a mental game. I don’t think about going in there and hurting somebody permanently. Because I wouldn’t want that to happen to me.