by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Street fighting legend and Internet sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson takes on mixed martial arts’ brawling icon David “Tank” Abbott Saturday, Feb. 16 in the main event of EliteXC’s card from the Bank United Center in Miami, Fla.
Famous for his parking lot battles and backyard brawls shown on various websites such as SublimeDirectory.com and YouTube.com, Kevin Ferguson made his MMA debut in Nov. in EliteXC finishing journeyman fighter Bo Cantrell in 19 seconds.
“I feel I have come a long way in a short time in my Street to Elite transition,” Ferguson told the media Wednesday afternoon. “There is a big difference in just fighting some dude and what goes on in Mixed Martial Arts.”
“Tank” Abbott made a name for himself on MMA’s biggest stage, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, throughout the 1990’s. Known for his devastating punching power, Abbott’s highlight reel includes some of the most brutal knockouts in MMA history.
“The only thing I want to do is win, but the main thing is I want to break something along the way – a chin or jaw, rib, arm, some skin, anything,” commented Ferguson.
“For sure, though, someone is going down and maybe getting knocked out, and that someone is not going to be me.”
EliteXC broadcaster and fight analyst “The Fight Professor” Stephen Quadros spoke with MMAWeekly.com about the match up. “Kimbo is quite the phenomenon. He’s very focused. I’ve spoken to Bas Rutten and I’ve spoken to everyone around him in training, he’s a great student.”
“This match is such a perfect match for Kimbo. The question is will Tank train? There’s the huge if factor. If Tank trains, then Tank is going to be dangerous. If Tank doesn’t, he’s buying into his own legacy of getting off the bar stool and walking into the fight like he’s done so many times and he probably isn’t going to win this fight because Kimbo will come out there and he will be slicing and dicing.”
Quadros continued, “If Tank trains and takes this fight seriously, this could be a pick em affair. Kimbo has been dangerous against people that we’ve never heard of before. Bo Cantrell didn’t really offer any resistance.”
“Kimbo’s really got to be aggressive in this fight. He can’t hang back. If he hangs back, he’s going to give Tank Abbott and chance to do what he did against Wesley ‘Cabbage’ Corriera. Tank landed a bomb and it was over. Kimbo can’t decide to test his chin to Tank Abbott’s punch. Nobody can. Tank is one of the all time hardest hitters in the short history of our game. I think if Tank is in shape this is going to be a competitive fight and it’s going to possibly be a violent fight as well.”
-Dave Herman vs. Mario Rinaldi
-John Doyle vs. Rafael Feijao
-Jon Kirk vs. Yosmany Cabezas
-Eric Bradley vs. Mikey Gomez
-Lorenzo Borgameo vs. Mike Bernhard
Main Card Bouts:
-Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. David “Tank” Abbott
-Antonio Silva vs. Ricco Rodriguez
-Yves Edwards vs. Edson Berto
-James Thompson vs. Brett Rogers
-Kyle Noke vs. Scott Smith
Main card airs live on Showtime on Saturday, February 16 at 10 PM EST and tape delayed on the West Coast at 10 PM PST.