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.

In honor of the upcoming Bellator 138 main event between Kimbo Slice and MMA pioneer Ken Shamrock, this week we travel to 2004 where internet fighting sensation Slice took on former Boston police office Sean Gannon in a bareknuckle boxing match.

Slice gained a great deal of notoriety as being one of the baddest street fighters out there. There are countless videos out of there of Slice pummeling wannabe tough guys in backyard brawls all across Florida. That’s when “professional MMA fighter” – I use that term loosely here – Gannon issued a challenge to Slice.

Gannon’s claim was simple; a trained MMA fighter would always prevail over a street fighter. Slice accepted the challenge and traveled to the northeast where he took Gannon on in a martial arts gym.

This fight is as “Freakshow” as it gets.


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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.