MMA has come a long way since its inception; it has grown from being a gritty toughman-esq competition that just wanted to find out what martial arts style was the best, into a true sporting event and martial art all its own. MMA today looks nothing like it did in the early days and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to reminisce about the good ole’ days.

The one part of MMA we truly miss in its modern form is the “Freakshow Fight”. For those of you who don’t know, a “Freakshow Fight” is a fight that pits two fighters against each other that have no business fighting; generally there is a crazy size difference between the fighters.
So in honor of our love for “Freakshow Fights”, we at The MMA Corner will share our favorite videos of our favorite fights that had no business ever taking place.

This week in honor of the news that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has signed with Bellator we travel back to EliteXC: Heat on October 4, 2008 where Slice took on late replacement Seth Petruzelli.

While this bout wasn’t your typical David vs. Goliath type Freakshow Fight we so dearly love the way the bout came about and the fallout afterwards was something straight out of the Freakshow Hall of Fame.

Originally, Slice was set to take on former MMA Icon and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock. But just a few hours before the fight was set to take place Shamrock suffered a cut in the dressing room…you just can’t make this stuff up. So the promoters scrambled to find a replacement; enter fight game veteran Petruzelli. Petruzelli went on to knock Slice out in just 14 seconds…but the story doesn’t stop there.

A couple of days later during a radio interview, Petruzelli said that the promoters offered him additional money to keep the fight on the feet because they didn’t want him taking Slice down. Even though the claim was denied by EliteXC and Petruzelli later “clarified” his statement an investigation was launched by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Ultimately, the investigation found no wrongdoing, but that didn’t remove the dark cloud hovering over the entire situation.

Let’s just hope Slice doesn’t kill Bellator like he killed EliteXC.


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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.