Card short, not sweet

MMA INSIDER

The Kickoff

November 12, 2007|By PRAMIT MOHAPATRA

On a night when the main card of EliteXC: Renegade held much promise with a number of intriguing matchups, only one out of the five main-card fights went beyond the first round. A doctor ended two fights. The lone title fight left fans with an empty feeling inside. And we still don't know anything more about Kimbo Slice's mixed martial arts skills.

His fight ended after 19 seconds as Bo Cantrell tapped out in anticipation of the onslaught he was about to receive after Slice caught him with a punch and an elbow to the face that floored him. One thing I've noticed in Slice's training video is that he really does work on his elbows, and he used his lone elbow standing up fairly effectively.

Apparently, Cantrell was affected by Slice's reputation as well as possibly his own reputation coming into the fight. His loss to Slice marked his fifth straight in the first round. Said Cantrell: "I am not sure what happened, but just before the fight I started feeling weird. I just wasn't myself in there. I felt a shell of myself."

Undoubtedly, Slice needs tougher opponents. As Slice's trainer, Bas Rutten, said after the fight, "I am happy for Kimbo, but he needs an opponent that is going to push him a little."

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