In spite of the fact that he was uncovered as a bit of a sham in a 14-second loss to Seth Petruzelli, it sounds like Kimbo Slice has quite a few suitors. His likely landing spot is in Japan where there is a bigger premium on the freak factor. The bearded 6-foot-2, 235-pound Kimbo has the look and personality that can make him into a big crossover star. He's a smaller version of former NFL player-turned-fighter Bob Sapp, who became a marketing dynamo in Japan.
On the comeback trail from the Petruzelli debacle, Kimbo may want to carefully pick his first opponent back. Another crushing loss could bring the gravy train to a screeching halt before it really gets rolling.
Rumors have it that the Japanese fighting organization K-1 would like to have Kimbo meet heavyweight kickboxing champ Bard Hari while another Japanese promoter Dream is trying for a rematch against the much smaller Petruzelli. The Petuzelli scenario reported by the Florida Sun-Sentinel seems a bit ridiculous since it mentions that the fight would be on New Year's Eve. There's no way either fighter is taking that fight on just four weeks notice.
With a good size advantage over the 205-pound Petruzelli, Slice has a chance to exact revenge on the man that embarrassed him, as long as the fight is under mixed martial arts rules. But he'd be a massive longshot to beat Hari if they meet under K-1's kickboxing rules. Hari is devastating with both his hands and his kicks. Kimbo wouldn't have the option of grabbing Hari to slow down the fight. Hari is also a legit heavyweight at 6-5, 230 pounds. Experience may be a factor as well with Hari, 27, training in kickboxing since the age of seven and Slice training professionally for just over two years.
If you're wondering why Slice's best options are in Japan, it's all about the benjamins. Recent rumors had a Japanese organzation offering Olympic Judo champ Satoshi Ishii $5 million to sign a contract. UFC, the fight leader in the United States, only offered Slice a chance to tryout for its reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, with no guaranteed money if he fails.
- Kimbo Slice
- Seth Petruzelli