Kimbo Slice-James Thompson To Headline Bellator’s London Debut

Bellator MMA will continue to move outside the U.S., as Bellator 158 goes down July 16 from The O2 Arena in London.

And the company will be bringing a pair of known veterans to fill the main event.

Appearing on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Sunday night, Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed that Kimbo Slice will face James Thompson in the main event.

“This is probably one of the most anticipated rivalries or rematches that I can think of,” Coker said. “And we’re going to put that fight together July 16 in London at The O2 Arena.”

Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, improved to 2-0 with Bellator after his win over Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris earlier this year. Slice (6-2) also topped Ken Shamrock in his Bellator debut.

While he failed a post-fight drug test following the Harris match, he is only expected to be suspended for 90 days. And, with the fight taking place in London, it remains unknown if that would even be an issue.

Thompson (20-16) has competed twice for Bellator, going 1-1. Back in 2008, Slice took advantage of a stand-up by the ref to finish Thompson and earn a win under the EliteXC promotional banner.

The card will also feature a co-main event rematch, as Paul Daley meets Josh Koscheck. The two first fought in the UFC, with Koscheck earning the win.

After the contest, Daley threw a sucker-punch that landed on Koscheck and was promptly released by the promotion.

The bout will take place at welterweight and be Koscheck’s (17-10) debut. Daley (38-13-2) has won all four of his Bellator fights to date.