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 we go back in time to February 16, 2008 and EliteXC: Street Certified where 34 year old YouTube backyard brawling sensation Kimbo Slice took on 42 year old bar room brawler and UFC veteran Tank Abbott.

Abbott entered this fight about six years beyond over the hill status, while Slice was just entering the cage for his second pro MMA bout. This fight was everything we thought it would be; heavy punches and a quick finish.

This fight had no business taking place to begin with, but it was also the main event of the evening. No wonder ProElite is no longer in business today.

As horrible a fight as it was, it was exhilirating to see two glorified “tough men” go toe-to-toe under the bright lights of a major promotion.


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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.