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IFL Heavyweight Champ May Get Next Crack At Kimbo

Roy NelsonFiveOuncesOfPain.com is reporting that IFL Heavyweight Champion, Roy Nelson, may be next in line to face Kimbo Slice, providing Kimbo Slice is able to get past James Thompson tomorrow night. It appears IFL CEO Jay Larkin has confirmed that “casual talks” have already taken place between EliteXC and the IFL.

According to Larkin, formal talks about a Nelson vs. Slice fight have yet to take place but discussions could intensify Monday morning, depending on the outcome of Slice’s heavyweight bout during EliteXC’s debut on CBS this Saturday night.

“If Kimbo wins, we’ll make that match (Nelson vs. Slice) without hesitation,” Larkin said during an exclusive interview with Five Ounces of Pain. “We’ll do in on an IFL card or an Elite card — we don’t care. Promotions working together is the only way for this business to grow.”

Nelson would certainly serve as a step up in competition for Kimbo Slice. While he isn’t a top ten heavyweight, few would argue that Nelson is a “can.” Roy is a big round heavyweight, yet surprisingly moves well for his size. He has decent hands with power behind them. His wrestling and ground-and-pound are also good.

This matchup would be an appropriate test for Kimbo at this point in his career, assuming James Thompson doesn’t shock everyone tomorrow.

Its a fight I would definitely find interesting, and one that should silence the Kimbo detractors who say he will just be fed cans for the rest of his career.

If you’re unfamiliar with Nelson, you can check out video of his latest fight against TUF alum, Brad Imes, after the jump.

Roy Nelson vs. Brad Imes

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