Kimbo Slice, Seth Petruzelli Rematch Possible for K-1 Dynamite! on NYE


The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported this paragraph:

(Kimbo Slice) may fight on the DREAM K-1 New Year's Eve show in Japan, possibly a rematch with Petruzelli.

Which naturally set off a firestorm of speculation in the MMA blogosphere.

Michael David Smith points out an interesting angle on the American biz impact of such a matchup:

Neither Kimbo nor Petruzelli is a big name in Japan, but a fight between the two of them would be a big draw for HDNet, which has the American TV rights and might be willing to pay more to get Kimbo-Petruzelli 2 on its network.

The problem, of course, is that there's no reason at all to believe that the result of a second Kimbo-Petruzelli fight would be any different from the first: Petruzelli, who unlike Kimbo is actually a skilled martial artist, would likely knock Kimbo out easily, again. Still, it would be a quick KO that would draw a big audience.

Zack Arnold of course has a more sinister take:

If you recall, Petruzelli was telling Orlando media after his fight with Kimbo Slice that he had received an offer to fight in Japan.

As far as Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli having any drawing power in Japan… you could dip Seth Petruzelli in glue, drag him through Fort Knox, and he wouldn’t draw a single dollar. Kimbo, on the other hand, could draw very well in Japan. However, putting him in a re-match against Petruzelli is a stupid idea… unless, of course, K-1 paid off Petruzelli to take a dive in the fight. Why not.

And Tracy Morgan has an entirely different take on Kimbo on the Conan O'Brian show (HT AOL Fanhouse):


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