Kimbo Slice wins by an ear in Newark

Kimbo Slice remained unbeaten Saturday night with a TKO win over James Thompson at the EliteXC mixed marshal arts event held in Newark, NJ.

Thompson started strong, winning the first two rounds before Slice connected on a brutal shot to Thompson’s left ear early in the third. Fans said it looked as if Thompson’s ear “literally exploded” and after a quick onslaught by Slice, the match was quickly called. Thompson left the ring with his ear bloody and mangled.

Only a small number of Triad viewers were able to see the fights, due to WFMY’s decision not to air the controversial broadcast, which was seen nationally on CBS in other markets. Low power Reidsville station 39 was the only local outlet for the program. Saturday night’s show was the first MMA telecast broadcast on network television. CBS has said that a decision to run future shows would depend on how tonight’s broadcast was received. There is still no word on the ratings but much of the chatter on the internet gave mixed reviews on the matches as a whole.