Shit, today is EliteXC day! Seems like everyone’s trying to jump in on the apparent hype for the show, including the IFL’s Jay Larkin. In his first public statement that hasn’t been a weepy declaration that MMA is a financial disaster, Jay tries to convince us that a fight between Kimbo Slice and IFL heavyweight Roy “Fat Fuck” Nelson is a realistic possibility:
FiveOuncesOfPain.com was informed by IFL President and CEO Jay Larkin earlier this morning that casual talks have taken place between his organization and EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw regarding an inter-promotional fight between IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson and Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
According to Larkin, formal talks about a Nelson vs. Slice fight have yet to take place but discussions could intensify Monday morning, depending on the outcome of Slice’s heavyweight bout during EliteXC’s debut on CBS this Saturday night.
“If Kimbo wins, we’ll make that match (Nelson vs. Slice) without hesitation,” Larkin said during an exclusive interview with Five Ounces of Pain. “We”ll do in on an IFL card or an Elite card â€” we don’t care. Promotions working together is the only way for this business to grow.”
Oh, I’m sure YOU would do it on an IFL card, Jay. And I’m sure YOU would make a fight between Kimbo and Nelson. But why in God’s name would EliteXC make this fight? What possible upside is there? Roy Nelson is neither well known or easy enough to practically guarantee victory, which pretty much makes him 0-2 on the scorecard Gary Shaw uses for picking Kimbo’s victims. Oh, and the IFL literally REEKS of failure and immanent death. And just like on the plains of Africa, the weak don’t get a fucking hand … they get isolated and left for the jackals.
My bet is the only person Jay has been having ‘casual’ talks with is Gary Shaw’s answering machine.