Bellator will be heading to the O2 Arena in London, England on July 16 for Bellator 158 and the event will be headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Kimbo Slice and James Thompson.

The fight booking was announced by Bellator President Scott Coker on Sunday evening on SportsCenter and the co-main event of the fight card will also be a rematch as Paul Daley meets Josh Koscheck.

Slice (5-2, 1NC) is currently under suspension by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) due to a positive drug test at Bellator 149 in February. He tested positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone and had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio. According to Coker, Slice was suspended 90 days by the TDLR and is schedule to come off suspension in May.

Thompson (20-16, 1NC) lost to Slice in their first meeting in May of 2008 and will enter this fight with back to back defeats. Both of those defeats have come by TKO, including a defeat in 54-seconds against Bobby Lashley at Bellator 145.

More details on Bellator 158: Kimbo vs. Thompson will be announced today in a press conference taking place in London.

2 Responses

  1. Rodney P

    Super weird booking considering Kimbo Slice still has not had his formal hearing with the Texas Athletic Commission, which has stated he could be suspended for a year. But since no state’s Athletic Commission has no jurisdiction beyond their own state, I guess a suspended fighter fighting anywhere except said state has no bearing on said suspension. THEMS THE RULES (lol).

    • Jason Floyd

      Going to be discussing this situation on The MMA Insiders Podcast, which we are recording in a couple of hours. Going to talk about all aspects of this situation.