John Beyrooty from Showtime sent along the following:
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY FOR ELITEXC FIGHT CARD FEATURING LEGENDARY KIMBO SLICE VS. TANK ABBOTT
Spectacular MMA Event Saturday, Feb. 16, At BankUnited Center at the University of Miami
Also Will Include Local Favorites “Krazy Horse” Bennett, “Big Foot” Silva & Edson Berto
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 9, 2008) — Fans seeking to participate in perhaps the biggest, most significant fight card in the history of mixed martial arts in Florida will have the opportunity to reserve their spots beginning this Friday, Jan. 11, when tickets to EliteXC’s tremendous mega-event on Saturday, Feb. 16, will go on sale.
Tickets for a spectacular 10-bout event start at $35 and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the BankUnited Box Office at the University of Miami.
In a long-awaited, much-anticipated grudge match that figures to be an absolute slugfest, the incredibly popular pride of Perrine, Fla., and hometown hero, Kimbo Slice, will face David “Tank” Abbott, of Huntington Beach, Calif., in the main event on SHOWTIME.
It will be the second professional MMA fight for Kimbo, the legendary Internet street fighter and YouTube sensation who scored a smashing 19-second, first-round knockout in his Street-to-Elite debut.
“With these hands I can part the sea. With these hands I feed the family,” Kimbo said.
Tank, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is a feared knockout artist and notorious bad boy and trash-talker. A veteran who has never turned down a fight, Tank has called out Kimbo on numerous occasions, including after Kimbo’s EliteXC and MMA debut in November. Tank is supremely confident he will send home Kimbo and his fans unhappy.
Besides Kimbo, The Sunshine State will be represented with other local favorites and MMA standouts — Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett and Edson Berto.
The promising Silva, a Brazilian who lives in Coconut Creek, Fla., is considered by many to be one of the world’s top heavyweights. Berto, of Tampa, the brother of top boxing contender, Andre Berto, will meet Yves Edwards of Conroe, Tex., in a fight at 160 pounds and “Krazy Horse,” of Ocala, who owns a knockout victory over current EliteXC 160-pound world champion KJ Noons, will be opposed by an opponent to be determined.
In other fights: England's James “The Colossus” Thompson will face unbeaten Brett Rogers of Minneapolis in a heavyweight match and Australian Kyle “KO” Noke, the bodyguard of the late Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, will take on Scott Smith of Sacramento, Calif., in a solid matchup at 185 pounds.
The SHOWTIME portion of the card will begin at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
For more information on EliteXC and other MMA-related stories, including bios, video-on-demand, photos, stats, Fantasy Fight Game TM and more, please visit ProElite.com and EliteXC.com.
Fighter pages: Kimbo (kimboslice.proelite.com), Abbott (tankabbott.proelite.com), Silva (antoniosilva.proelite.com), Berto (edsonberto.proelite.com), Edwards (yvesedwards.proelite.com), Thompson (jamesthompson.proelite.com), Rogers (brettrogers.proelite.com), Noke (kylenoke.proelite.com), Smith (scottsmith.proelite.com), Bennett (charlesbennett.proelite.com).
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