by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
David Abbott and Kevin Ferguson (a.k.a. Tank Abbott and Kimbo Slice) were set to collide at the Cage Fury Fighting Championships in Atlantic City on Oct. 12. The event, however, was cancelled on a week’s notice. Christian Printup, president of the Palace Fighting Championship, has been vocal about making the fight happen in his organization.
According to CFFC president Felix Martinez, “I could not overcome the loss of a major investor for this show who decided to pull out at the last moment. With the loss of this investor, I cannot proceed with another world-class event.”
The fight between Tank and Kimbo came about when the two had some harsh words for each other following Kimbo’s mixed martial arts debut where he disposed of former boxing heavyweight champion Ray Mercer in a CFFC exhibition bout back in June of this year.
“We know things happen and shows fall apart, but I am serious when I say that if both sides want this fight to take place all they have to do is call me and we’ll work to make it happen,” stated Printup in a press release. “With our next show only 6 days after their scheduled bout, I think it’s a no-brainer. The fight should take place and it should take place in the PFC.”
Printup confirmed to MMAWeekly that he has sent offers to both fighters and expects to here back at some point on Wednesday.
The PFC holds their events at the Taichi Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., the former home of World Extreme Cagefighting before it was purchased by Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Printup and his staff played a role in the development of the WEC prior to the buyout and have applied that experience to developing the new promotion.
This fight definitely has high name value, as Tank remains well known from his early days fighting for the UFC and Kimbo for his underground brawls broadcast on the Internet. It presents an opportunity for Printup to possibly accelerate his planned expansion of the PFC brand.
“We are in the final stages of negotiations on a television deal and this fight could be tape delayed,” he said, “and of course a DVD will be produced as well.”
Printup also confirmed that a pay-per-view Internet broadcast and other options are also being explored, but currently “there is nothing definite.”