A Diced And ‘Sliced’ Upset

By Francis Walker
Updated: October 5, 2008

Kimbo Slice got caught flush moments before unexpectedly loses first MMA contest. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

Kimbo Slice got caught flush moments before unexpectedly loses first MMA contest. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

NEW YORK — Any fighter can defeat another fighter on any given occasion. That’s why there are such occurrences that are called “monumental upsets.” Mike Tyson’s tenth round knockout loss to James “Buster” Douglas for the world heavyweight championship nearly 19 years ago.

Most recently, the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots ended the 2007-08 regular season at 16-0. The Giants were an NFC wild card and didn’t play a single playoff game at home. They weren’t expected to beat New England, but Eli Manning and company shocked everybody.

A Kimbo Slice loss to Ken Shamrock, perhaps the most recognizable MMA fighter of all-time, would have been an upset. Even though Shamrock has a wealth of experience, he has been on the downside of his career for the last five years.

The 44 year-old Shamrock hadn’t won a fight in MMA since June 2004. Shamrock would have entered his bout with Kimbo Slice having lost 8 of his last 10 fights, including the last five by knockout.

The MMA/Sports world is stunned, as Kimbo Slice is overwhelmed in just 14 seconds by late-substitute Seth Petruzelli. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

The MMA/Sports world is stunned, as Kimbo Slice is overwhelmed in just 14 seconds by late-substitute Seth Petruzelli. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

It was widely expected that Kimbo Slice would send Shamrock to his sixth consecutive stoppage loss.

However, when Shamrock pulled out of the fight after having received a reported seven stitches to close a gash above his left eye, the promoters at Elite XC scrambled at the last minute to find an opponent for Slice.

The opponent figured to be a soft touch for Slice, who was fighting at home at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida in the main event of a nationally televised Elite XC broadcast on CBS

Seth Petruzelli, a late sub, wasn’t supposed to even scratch, let alone place a finger on Slice. It was widely expected that Petruzelli (or whoever) stepped into the ring with Slice would become his fourth consecutive punching bag.

Instead, to the shock of many at ringside and the world watching, a straight-right to the chin followed by a hammering barrage of punches took Slice out in just 14 seconds.

“It was an opportunity to step up,” Petruzelli commented. “This is something I wanted all my life.” It was clearly one of the biggest upsets in MMA history because, it was perhaps the least expected.

“It’s all good,” a stunned Kimbo Slice said. In reality, what else could he have said because the defeat was such a shock.

Slice, who had gained the reputation of being an internet phenomenon for his street fighting skills, power, strength, and unusual goatee, was stunned and nearly speechless.

More on Petruzelli

At 6-feet, 200 pounds, Petruzelli, 28, Cape Cod, Florida, has competed in a number of MMA associations including the UFC and K-1. Petruzelli even fought the legendary K-1 star Bob Sapp, but lost by first-round knockout in March 2004. Petruzelli’s MMA record stands at 10-4, 9 KOs.

The future

There are so many ways to win and so many ways to lose in MMA competition. It’s unknown whether Kimbo Slice and Petruzelli will have a rematch or whether Shamrock is still in the picture. It will probably take upwards to six to eight weeks to laceration above his left eye to heal.

One thing is for sure, the world will see just how good Kimbo Slice is following an unexpected defeat. The same way winning a world title can make a fighter better, a defeat can reveal a lot about a fighter’s resiliency.

No one can question Shamrock’s desire to fight. He keeps coming back from knockout loss, after knockout loss, after knockout loss, after knockout loss, after knockout loss…

Petruzelli had been stopped and submitted several times during his career and scored perhaps the biggest victory of his life on short notice.

But can Kimbo survive the devastation of getting busted open and pummeled in 14 seconds by an unknown in your own hometown? There are a lot of questions surrounding the circumstances of Slice’s defeat and Kevin Ferguson can find those answers in the ring.

Gina Carano kicks Kelly Kobold during their women's bout at 140 pounds. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

Gina Carano kicks Kelly Kobold during their women's bout at 140 pounds. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

The undercard: Gina Carano continued her climb up the MMA women’s ranks with a resounding unanimous decision victory over Kelly Kobold-Gavin (30-27 twice, 29-28). Carano easily handled the much smaller, but gritty Kobold. It was an easy win for Carano, as Kobold had a difficult time taking her down. Carano’s punching power and speed for a female MMA competitor at 140 lbs. cannot be ignored.

Cristiane Santos punches Yoko Takahashi, en route to a unanimous decision win. Is the Brazilian

Cristiane Santos punches Yoko Takahashi, en route to a unanimous decision win. Is the Brazilian "Cyborg" next for Carano? Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

Next up for Carano is an intriguing showdown with Brazil’s Cristiane Santos. She appeared on the non-televised portion of the card and won a unanimous decision over Japan’s Yoko Takahashi. Santos appeared to be fast, gritty, and strong. She should provide a much better test for Carano. Kobold was simply outmatched.

On the attack, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski attacks Ron Nelson during his EliteXC debut. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

On the attack, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski attacks Ron Nelson during his EliteXC debut. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was successful in his MMA debut under Elite XC. Arlovski knocked out Roy Nelson with a single punch at 3:14 of the second round. Arlovski was very sharp and in tremendous shape. Although Arlovski was taller 6-foot-4, he was outweighed by more than 25 pounds by the 6-foot, 265-pound slugger.

However, Nelson simply didn’t have the finesse, sharpness, and conditioning to match Arlovski during the course of three five-minute rounds. The bout was nationally televised “showcase” for Arlovski and he didn’t disappoint.

EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Fields takes it to Paul Daley. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Fields takes it to Paul Daley. Photo Credit: Tom Casino/EliteXC/CBS

Elite XC welterweight champion Jake Fields of San Francisco, California, won his 21st competition in MMA with an armbar submission of Great Britain’s Paul Daley at 3:21 of the second round. It was also the first successful defense of the title he won in July.

Also, American middleweight Benji Radach knocked out Brazilian Murlio Rua at 2:31 of round two. Rua was no match for Radach while standing toe-to-toe. Radach was simply too fast with his hands and opened a cut around Rua’s left eye in the opening round. However, on the ground, Rua performed better.

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The end came after Rua attacked Radach against the cage with a high knee, but walked into a solid right hand. With his opponent flat on his back, Radach launched a series of right hands to Rua’s chin that took him out.