The 34-year-old Ferguson carried EliteXC’s latest effort – “Street Certified” – last month. The show, which ended with Ferguson’s 43-second knockout of David “Tank” Abbott, drew rave reviews and generated a live gate of more than $500,000 at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. Ferguson has just 62 seconds of professional experience under his belt. In that brief time, he has emerged as the promotion’s top draw.
The glass-jawed Thompson (14-8) has dropped six of his last eight fights, including two straight. In the last 14 months, the 29-year-old has been knocked out by Eric “Butterbean” Esch, Neil Grove and Brett Rogers. Thompson lasted less than a minute with Esch and Grove. Victories over UFC Hall-of-Famer Dan Severn and Don Frye highlight his resume.
So this is a fight between the retardedly popular but extremely green street fighter vs the glass jawed losing streak colossus. No one’s really taking this fight all that seriously, but the guys at BloodyElbow (who are extremely quote-friendly today) say the fight makes perfect sense from a business standpoint:
Kimbo’s handlers are building him the right way. Each time the stakes get progressively higher and the opponent progressively better. Notch by notch, they are setting up new but beatable challenges for Kimbo that help boost confidence along with the experience that comes from fighting. Thompson isn’t exactly a terror, but he does have a great deal of experience, trains with a good team and has some takedown ability. That means if Kimbo wants to box, he’ll be forced to earn the position.
I can’t argue that this is a decently smart booking for EliteXC, but I still think they could have gotten better. Why get someone who’s known to take a nap in under 60 seconds when you can find one of those heavyweights who can’t fight for shit but can still take three rounds worth of patio stones dropped on their jaw? If only Josh Haynes would move back up to heavyweight, we’d be set!