by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – While the majority of the fight world was focused on the grudge match between BJ Penn and Jens Pulver, a great many fans were still interested to see what would happen when Internet street fighting legend Kimbo Slice made his official MMA debut against former world boxing champion, “Merciless” Ray Mercer.
Kimbo has taken a great focus on training MMA, working at both Bas Rutten’s camp in Los Angeles and alongside numerous MMA stars at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. His dedication showed as he quickly dispatched of the former heavyweight champion early in the first round.
Kimbo shot in early on Mercer, who tried to land some shots, but caught some knees and a combination instead. Kimbo eventually worked position and caught Mercer in a guillotine choke causing a tap out in the first round, handing the former street fighting legend his first win in MMA. It will be interesting to see if Kimbo will continue to train as he has done for this fight for a potentially lucrative career in professional mixed martial arts.
Full results for Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5:
Kimbo Slice over Ray Mercer by guillotine choke Rd 1
Josh Rhodes over Noah Inhofer by TKO Rd 2
Deividas Taurosevicius over Kevin Roddy by armbar Rd 1
Gregor Gracie over Josh Lydell by rear naked choke Rd 1
Dante Rivera over Alexis Aquino by heel hook Rd 2
Nick Serra over Mike Varner by armbar Rd 2
Jim Miller over Anthony Morrison by triangle choke Rd 1
Nick Cantone over John Howard by unanimous decision
Lyman Good over Doug Gordon by unanimous decision
Al Buck over Brian Demuro by unanimous decision