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 equal parts awful and awesome Bellator 138 main event between UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and internet street fighting sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, we travel back to November 10, 2007. At EliteXC: Renegade, Slice made his pro MMA debut in the co-main event against Bo Cantrell.

This bout isn’t the traditional “Giant vs. Giant” or “David vs. Goliath” freakshow. This bout is classified as a “Freakshow Fight” for an entirely different reason; Slice vs. Cantrell is a “Freakshow Fight” of the “WTF” variety.

On one side of the cage, you had a veteran fighter who was just one fight about .500 and absolutely no significant wins to his credit. Then on the other side of the cage you had a fighter with no pro experience who rose to fame by fighting in backyards in Florida. If the fight was being sold as the “Freakshow” attraction it was, that would have been fine. But EliteXC tried to sell this bout as being a serious co-main event.

The bout was an utter disappointment as Slice landed one shot and Cantrell hit the mat. It took all of 19 seconds for Slice to be introduced to the MMA world and for EliteXC to lose all credibility as a serious 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.