October 04, 2008
What a turn of events down in South Florida. Unable to get a doctor's clearance to fight Kimbo Slice on CBS, Ken Shamrock is out. He suffered a cut in training this afternoon. Shamrock's cut required six stitches over his left eye.
EliteXC scrambled to find an opponent on the current card. They convinced TUF2 alum Seth Petruzelli (9-4, 0-2 UFC) to step up and take the fight. The Florida-native was scheduled to fight Aaron Rosa. Petruzelli fought at heavyweight during the UFC's reality show, The Ultimate Fighter and is now fighting at 205 lbs. He is a real mixed martial artist and may pose a bigger threat to derail the Kimbo train than Shamrock did.
8:55p ET UPDATE: MMARated's Ariel Helwani is reporting the fight will be Kimbo v. Petruzelli.
CBS/EliteXC were in a terrible position here. They had to deliver some sort of Kimbo fight but they didn't have a complete tomato can on the card to protect Kimbo. Give them credit, they rolled the dice with the 28-year old Petruzelli. The guy has fought on the biggest stage losing to Matt Hamill and Wilson Gouveia in the UFC. He's also a lot bigger than Shamrock. Shamrock weighed in at 206 lbs. Petruzelli cuts weight to get to 205 which means he'll likely be 215-220 after rehydrating.
Kimbo's people clearly recognize the threat or they're greedy as hell. According to Yahoo! Sports Dave Meltzer, Slice and Co. were demanding more money to fight Petruzelli.
Petruzelli has a solid kickboxing and wrestling background. His wrestling is the key. Hopefully, he's smart enough to realize that Kimbo must be taken to the ground. What a blow to EliteXC and Kimbo if he can't beat the sixth best fighter from the heavyweight field on The Ultimate Fighter 2.
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