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Kimbo Slice Receives Next Opponent


Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and James Thompson will meet once again, this time in a headlining bout under the Bellator banner.

Bellator President Scott Coker today announced on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that Slice (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Thompson (20-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) will compete in the main event of Bellator 158, which takes place July 16 at The O2 in London. The main card airs on Spike.

“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.

Slice and Thompson first met in an infamous 2008 clash under the EliteXC banner. Thompson used a wrestling-heavy attack to wear down Slice over the opening two rounds of the contest. However, Slice landed a big shot in the third, rupturing Thompson’s cauliflower ear and sending blood splattering. Slice seized the opportunity with a few follow-up shots, earning him a controversial TKO win.

A rematch has been discussed over the years but never came to fruition.

The booking was first reported by British outlet #WHOATV, though Bellator officials previously declined to comment on the contest.

The announcement comes at a surprising moment. The Texas Combative Sports program recently revealed that Slice tested positive for the steroid nandrolone following his fight with Dhafir “Dada500” Harris at Bellator 149, which took place Feb. 19 in Houston.

Commission reps have yet to officially announce how long Slice has been suspended for the infraction, but Coker revealed the commission put in place a 90-day order.

However, as MMAjunkie’s Steven Morrocco previously reported, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees the Texas Combative Sports, previously stated that Slice faced up to a one-year suspension and $5,000 fine. The TDLR was previously offering the fighters a settlement – good until March 31 – for “coming into compliance” that offers a reduced punishment of a $3,000 and a license revocation, records show. Compliance equates to the fighters explaining their side of the story to the commission, TDLR Susan Stanford told MMAjunkie.

Texas Combative Sports officials were not immediately available for comment.

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, including Bellator 158, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.

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