ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Kimbo Slice and James Thompson are headed to London.

The fight will be a rematch, following a 2008 bout in Elite XC, and will be featured on Bellator MMA's July 16 event in the UK. Slice won that one via TKO in the third round, but most fans remember the match-up more for James Thomson's ear, which ruptured grotesquely in the middle of the fight.

Kimbo is now 6-2 overall in his MMA career, coming off of a TKO win over Dada 5000 earlier this year. He is currently serving out a 90 day suspension after testing positive for a steroid.

James Thompson meanwhile is 20-16, and will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. He most recently fought under the Rizin banner, with Tsuyoshi Kosaka handing him a TKO loss in December of last year.

Also on the card will be TUF Season 1 veteran Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley. The welterweight fight will be Koscheck's first under his new Bellator contract. The former UFC title contender has had a rough ride these past couple of years. He is just 1-5 since 2012, and has lost his last five (albeit to some very game competitors including current champ Robbie Lawler). His professional record currently stands at 17-10.

Paul Daley meanwhile is riding a five fight winning streak, three of which have been in Bellator. An incredibly active competitor, Daley has amassed a 38-13-2 record in MMA, as well as a 21-3 record in professional kickboxing.


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