Thursday, March 05, 2009

MMA: James Thompson “well up for” showdown with ‘The Rock’ Hasim Rahman

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British heavyweight fighter James Thompson is itching to square off with former WBC and IBF boxing champ Hasim Rahman who, according to, is reported to be interested in trying his hand at MMA.

Veteran slugger Thompson, 30, has been mooted as a potential opponent for Rahman by the American’s agent Sandros Gelke.

“We’re looking to fight name fighters like Kimbo [Slice], Eric “Butterbean” Esch, James Thompson – someone to bring a name to the table.

“I’m talking to a Strikeforce, a lot of big promotions. Some in Japan, like Sengoku and Dream. Hasim would love to fight over in Japan,” Gelke told

And 18-stone Xtreme Couture member Thompson, who competed for PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan, is hardly shying away from a potential showdown with The Rock, best known for knocking out Lennox Lewis in 2001.

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