Josh Gross over at Sports Illustrated has the frontrunner to face Kimbo Slice at EliteXC-CBS on Oct. 4, to be none other then Kimbo’s street fighting arch nemesis and former UFC fighter Sean Gannon.
Three names keep popping up as the next opponent for Kimbo Slice on Oct. 4: Brett Rogers, Ken Shamrock and … wait for it … Sean Gannon.
Gannon, a Boston police officer who defeated Slice in the most famous of the Miami street brawler’s underground fight videos. If you’ll recall, the UFC tried to capitalize on the YouTube-famed fight by signing Gannon in 2005, but Branden Lee Hinkle pounded him out in less than a round. Since then, Gannon has sat on the sidelines flirting with a big payday and a chance to rematch Slice on a larger stage.
At this point, unfortunately, signs are pointing to Gannon. The story works for CBS — it’s an easy sell and Kimbo shouldn’t face much of a threat. It’s perfect all around. That is, unless you think circus fights have no place in MMA, particularly in front of six million viewers.
Not the best news for hardcore’s, but It will preserve Kimbo Slice for bigger paydays down the line.
UPDATE: EliteXC VP Jared Shaw denies Sean Gannon is even a front runner.
“There are several options we’re considering right now. Gannon is not the guy,”