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EliteXC: Kimbo Slice KOs James Thompson

Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson stopped James Thompson in the third round to conclude the first mixed martial arts show on prime time network television in American history.

Slice, who until tonight was best known for fighting on YouTube, showed more skill as an MMA fighter -- not just a brawler -- than anyone expected, and the mere fact that it went past the first round was an upset.

But the fight was not without controversy: In the third round, referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight while Slice was battering Thompson's bloodied left ear; CBS announcer Gus Johnson thought the stoppage was premature and I think Johnson was probably right.

Overall, the EliteXC show was a mixed bag. The best fighter on the card, Robbie Lawler, was given all he could handle by Scott Smith, but the fight ended in a no contest when Lawler accidentally poked Smith in the eye in the third round and the doctor said Smith couldn't continue. Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young put on a fairly entertaining show, but the other two fights on the card were lackluster one-minute knockouts.

And then there's Slice. Say this for him: His fighting isn't pretty, but his knockouts aren't lackluster.

Previously on FanHouse:
Elite XC on CBS: Gina Carano and Kaitlin Young Finally Give the Fans Reason to Cheer
First Hour of CBS EliteXC Show Contains Two Minutes of Mixed Martial Arts
Elite XC Newark Undercard Results
Elite XC in Newark Isn't UFC in Vegas

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