Seth Petruzelli Defeats Kimbo Slice
Posted on October 6, 2008ESPN reports on how Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson wound up losing an EliteXC fight to relatively unknown Seth Petruzelli. Petruzelli filled in for Ken Shamrock who was deemed unfit to fight at the last minute because of a cut above his left eye.
Minutes before the doors opened and fans started pouring into the arena, Slice's original opponent, Ken Shamrock, was deemed unfit to fight. He sustained a nasty cut above his left eye during a practice session earlier in the day.The KO happened nearly right after the match started as Kimbo was overwhelmed by his opponent. Here's a video from YouTube. There's also a video with the ESPN story.
To his credit, Shamrock wanted the fight with Slice to go on. The two had sparred verbally for days and were eager to settle their differences. A shoving incident during the weigh-in served to intensify the situation.
But Florida State Athletic Commission officials refused to let Shamrock step in the cage. This sent ProElite representatives scrambling to save the card and, essentially, their league.
ProElite quickly turned to Petruzelli, who was scheduled to face Aaron Rosa in a non-televised light heavyweight bout. Petruzelli had fought as a heavyweight in the past and immediately seized the opportunity.