"The Elite XC matchmaker told us that Kimbo Slice wouldn’t last more than thirty or forty seconds with me. Kimbo has all my respect but he didn't deserve all attention of the organization. I bet the rest of my career that any Brazilian lightweight fighter can beat him easily."
-- Former Elite XC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva speaks out via Fighters Only magazine against the man who was perhaps the biggest attraction for the now defunct organization, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. The Brazilian giant claims that he and manager Alex Davis lobbied hard for a fight with the street brawler in 2008, but had no luck convincing the promoters to book the match. Apparently Silva, as the champ, resented playing second fiddle to the less experienced Slice during their time with the promotion. Restricted to fighting outside of the United States for the foreseeable future, perhaps Silva can find a Japanese promotion willing to put the fight together. That is, of course, assuming Kimbo and his team would or could even accept the fight, which seems like a long shot with him coming off the 14-second loss to Seth Petruzelli in October, as well as having to deal with the mess surrounding the ex-Elite XC fighter contracts.