The most-watched MMA fight of all time was between Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and James Thompson in May 2008, and on June 19, both men will be competing against different opponents at “Bellator: Unfinished Business” at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.
Former WWE superstar Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley looks to avenge a 2012 split decision loss to James “The Colossus” Thompson (20-14). The unfinished business between the two giant heavyweights was originally scheduled to be settled at “Bellator: The British Invasion” in February, but an injury sustained by Lashley caused the fight to be rescheduled to June 19.
Thompson, a 6-foot-5 striking specialist, hails from England and has been fighting professionally since 2003. A former rugby player and bodybuilder, Thompson found his true calling in MMA and has been competing around the globe ever since. Fighting some of the best heavyweights in the sport, including Slice, Alexander Emelianenko, Don Frye, Alistair Overeem, Mariusz Pudzianowki, Brett Rogers, Bob Sapp, Dan Severn and Hidehiko Yoshida, among others, “The Colossus” has racked up 11 wins by knockout and seven by submission.
A 6-foot-3 wrestling standout, Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley (12-2) started training in the grappling arts at age 12 and would go on to win several titles including three National Championships at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA National Championship, a CISM World Championship Silver Medal and two Armed Forces Wrestling Championships during his time in the U.S. Army. In addition to a professional wrestling career with stints in the WWE, ECW and TNA, Lashley began his MMA career in 2008, and he’s built an impressive career mark that includes Bellator MMA submission wins over Karl Etherington and Josh Burns.
Bellator: Unfinished Business takes place on June 19 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “Kimbo Slice” faced Ken Shamrock in the fight card’s main event.
Bellator: Unfinished Business Fight Card:
Kimbo Slice (4-2) vs. Ken Shamrock (28-15)
Patricio Pitbull (23-2) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4)
Bobby Lashley (12-2) vs. James Thompson (20-14)
Michael Chandler (12-3) vs. Derek Campos (15-4)