After eight years, Kimbo Slice and James Thompson is set to clash again in the octagon in the main event of Bellator 158 on July 16 at London’s O2 Arena.
According to a report at MMA Junkie, Bellator President Scott Coker announces the rematch between Slice and Thompson on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“This is probably one of the most anticipated rivalries or rematch that I can think of, and we’re going to put that fight together July 16 in London at The O2 arena,” Coker told ESPN’s Todd Grisham via MMA Junkie.
Before the announcement was made, Kimbo Slice was reported, positive in using steroid nandrolone after winning the fight against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris. However, he was given five months, before he could fight again in the Octagon.
Kimbo Slice’s fight against Dada 5000 was considered one of the worst in MMA where Dada 5000 suffered a heart attack at the end of the match.
In the last fight between Slice and Thompson under EliteXC, Thompson’s ear had been severely damaged after receiving hard hits from Slice. Slice was obviously targeting that side of his head and with one more right-handed strike from Slice, Thompson’s ear began to bleed.
After Thompson received multiple punches from Slice in the third round, the referee stopped the match, though Thompson was still standing. Thompson argued with the referee saying that he can still continue but the referee did not change his decision and Slice was announced as the winner via TKO.
Kimbo Slice and James Thompson’s first bout became controversial after the stoppage of the referee. Many critics including MMA fighters Brett Rogers and Frank Mir were not in favour of the result of the match and disappointed on how Kimbo Slice performed inside the Octagon.
Here is the video in the round 3 of the match between Kimbo Slice and James Thompson:
A rematch between welterweights Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck were also announced to take place.
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