And Thus the Downfall of Kimbo Slice!!
- 10-04-2008, 11:10 PM
- 10-04-2008, 11:13 PM
10-04-2008, 11:15 PM
10-05-2008, 12:39 AM
10-05-2008, 12:51 AM
Was it just me or did that look like a fight between two drunks? Hopefully this will be the last time he headlines a card...
...probably not though... :'(
10-05-2008, 12:56 AM
The best part was that the commentators were doing damage control (EliteXC has so much money riding on Kimbo) by saying that kimbo didn't train for him. What??!! So Kimbo didn't train for someone who punches??!! Really now, you've got to be kidding me!
10-05-2008, 01:40 AM
He seemed very focused, almost zoned out, going into the cage. Overall it looked like a very strange fight. I know the hits are harder than they look on the screen but it just didn't look like that heavy. I was almost thinking he was just letting the other guys over extend and then slam something in. I know safety is a big concern but it also seemed that perhaps the ref jumped in just a tad early.....
10-05-2008, 02:30 AM
14 seconds...wow. kimbo dropped his hands, and the kid saw an opening. i for one applaud Seth's performace. i have been saying since day 1 that if kimbo was put up against fighters better than tank abbot etc that he would lose. people just get too intimidated by him.
10-05-2008, 03:50 AM
10-05-2008, 03:57 AM
the best was the pre fight interview.
reporter: do you have any insight on this fight?
kimbo: naw, it is what is it.
reporter:well thank you for this interview kimbo.
kimbo: thats whatsup.
i chuckled a bit when he said it is what it is, but when he said thats whatsup, i was on the floor. that was absolutely hilarious.
10-05-2008, 04:08 AM
10-05-2008, 05:13 AM
I am glad to see this guy lose but it does suck that we didnt get to see ken and it sucks for kimbo that his sh!t got changed. His eyes before the fight were so red and yellow looks like he was high. Dana white must be SOOOOO happy. EliteXC is screwed but the other matches werent bad at all. Saw a good TKO early then that pretty cool womens fight. Gina or whatever is amazing and then the title fight was hilarious that wrestling BJJ guy walked(crawled) all over that muy tai like it was nothing. Pretty fun night after a day of workingout then throwing some cold ones back
10-05-2008, 07:42 AM
finally the hype can end, nbut I have to say I lost all respect for Ranallo for the Kimbo deserves a "mulligan" comment. He got caught, lets accept it and move on. However, in another interview Arlovski said he was ready to fight Kimbo when he heard Shamrock went out. That would have been priceless too.
10-05-2008, 09:12 AM
It's sad. Elite was good for spreading MMA interest, even if the talent is subpar. Now looks like it's all UFC, again.
10-05-2008, 10:01 AM
Elite was not spreading MMA by main eventing Kimbo. They were making MMA a joke. It also goes to show that a mediocre/bad LHW in the UFC, beats Elite's baddest man in the world. It is nice now knowing that the hype can finally end
10-05-2008, 10:30 AM
I know many people who tuned into MMA because of Elite and its network contract and thus have began watching other MMA events as a result. It's well fact that cable network's Ultimate Fighter series is what saved UFC. Like or not, Kimbo put asses in front of the tube. Josh Barnett himself stated that it's all about the entertainment factor. If not, MMA would remain iin someone's garage. Elite is losing money even with Kimbo...can U imagine without.
10-05-2008, 12:51 PM
10-05-2008, 02:17 PM
Lol, I mean.. come on. The dude didn't have his base he had one foot in the air and he threw a half jab. Kimbo went down so easily and on the ground he was just stunned.
This was by far the gayest thing I've ever seen in an MMA fight. This is right up there with watching a hometown dude tap after getting hit in the head once.
10-05-2008, 02:43 PM
Regarding the ultimate fighter, it certanly saved the UFC, mostly Griffin v. Bonnar I. However, Dana and the UFC brass have put all of the winners (except Amir thus far) in the cage with bonafide fighters, and if they lose so be it. Hell, look at all the past winners and see who they have fought, most of them have turned out to be good fighters.
Kimbo was a side show, nothing more, and made MMA a joke more than it did to legitamize the sport. I am glad the nonsense that is Kimbo is over. Hey maybe he can go into the next heavyweight Ultimate Fighter
10-05-2008, 02:51 PM
Indeed.SUNRISE, Fla. – The legend of Kimbo Slice was built by beating bums in boat yards and back alleys not far from here. It came crashing down Saturday courtesy of a quick punch from a pink-haired journeyman giving up two inches in height, four in reach and 30 pounds in muscle and might.
One simple shot sent Slice to the canvas and from there some guy named Seth Petruzelli needed just 12 punches and 14 seconds to put an end (we hope) to one of the great sporting charades of all time.
It was just a matter of time before Kimbo got exposed. He was little more than a character out of central casting, a bunch of addictive YouTube videos and a lot of insane hype by CBS, which made him a headliner before he made himself a fighter.
He was the Kimbo the Cash Machine, everyone lining up to exploit the lie that this was the baddest man on earth as long as he could walk through hand-picked tomato cans.
Only this time his match with 44-year-old Ken Shamrock, who hadn’t won a fight in over four years, fell apart when Shamrock cut his eye in a light training session Saturday and was deemed unfit to fight by state officials.
In the scramble to find a suitable replacement that Slice couldn’t possibly lose to, EliteXC considered Shamrock’s brother, Frank, who was there to be CBS’s color commentator, hadn’t fought lately due to a broken arm and would have given up around 45 pounds. Despite all this, Frank likely would have submitted Kimbo in the first round.
When that matchup couldn’t happen (EliteXC said state officials wouldn’t clear him, Frank said they did but CBS blocked it), EliteXC promoters turned to Petruzelli. The Fort Myers, Fla., native had been dumped by the big-league UFC, was just 2-2 since 2004, had recently taken a year off to start a business, weighed just 205 (to Kimbo’s 235) and was so lightly regarded he was competing in the non-televised undercard.
Despite the oft-repeated propaganda that Slice was a man of “courage” for taking a fight with this smaller guy who was likely to stand and trade punches anyway, EliteXC paid Kimbo a cash bonus just to get him to step into the cage.
“We made it up to him,” said Jeremy Lappen, EliteXC’s head of fight operations. He wouldn’t disclose the amount.
For the myth of Slice, the matchup may not be a 44-year-old on a losing streak or someone from the broadcast booth, but really, what was the worst thing that could happen?
“It didn’t feel too flush,” Petruzelli said of the first punch that apparently didn’t even need to land squarely to fell Kimbo.
Make no mistake – or listen to the EliteXC spin – this was a disaster for Slice and the company. “This is MMA, all the best have lost,” said Lappen. True, but Kimbo wasn’t defeated by a crafty Brazilian jiu-jitsu master. He wasn’t caught in a submission by an experienced wrestler. He didn’t lose a decision after a three-round brawl.
Those would be understandable considering his novice status.
Kimbo was KTFO by a guy he absolutely towered over yet was willing to bang with him anyway. Not that Kimbo did any banging. Slice charged him (“He was like a truck,” Petruzelli said) but he never actually landed a punch.
In the end, Kimbo’s hand speed, defense and chin proved incapable against even an average mixed martial artist. Which was pretty much what every hardcore fan had predicted.
Not that CBS didn’t keep up with the Slice willing to fight, “anyone, anywhere, at anytime.” This was a 100 percent true statement if “anyone, anywhere, at anytime” means “no one any good, anywhere, ever.”
Slice seemed stunned and a bit saddened at the turn of events. After it was over, he initially began wrestling the referee. Whether that was a protest for the decision or because he was dazed isn’t certain. Then he walked around the cage complaining to fans about the stoppage.
Later he walked out on his CBS interview (“Kimbo?” asked a stunned Gus Johnson), although not before inviting America to an after party at a local nightclub. Then he showed up 45 minutes late for the main press conference, where he gave a quick statement and bailed.
“I got my first black eye,” he laughed. He later turned to Petruzelli and joked, “You knocked me out in front of my family; that’s (expletive) up.”
Through it all Slice remained the only likable character of this foolish farce. He wasn’t the one claiming he was the best in the world. He was just a working-class dude who figured out how to beat the system and cash in on his 15 minutes of fleeting fame.
He’s got kids to feed and bills to pay and right to the end, he was milking bonuses out of the promotion, a one-time homeless man holding the Tiffany Network’s prime-time programming hostage. Only in America.
He was the grand actor in the middle of a three-ring circus, a tall tale that would eventually come tumbling down under the bright glare of reality.
Where Slice goes from here is anyone’s guess. He can’t rebuild his reputation without stepping up in competition from the guy who just beat him in seconds. He can’t headline a card and have anyone believe he’s legit. He can’t claim he, “just got caught” when it wasn’t some wild, roundhouse right or sneaky arm-bar that did him in.
The truth was always coming for Kimbo. Saturday it arrived sooner rather than later, the money train grinding to a halt courtesy of a smaller, less heralded fighter that no one can claim is some elite champion.
No, this was it. It’ll never be the same, not for the fighter and not, perhaps, for his entire promotion that just lost its signature star on top of the $58 million it’s burned the past two years.
Afterward, EliteXC execs tried to paint a bright future but admitted they needed a drink. Lower-level employees used gallows humor about finding new jobs.
Kimbo just said he was going home to see his kids.
In 14 seconds flat, the whole mirage was gone.
10-05-2008, 04:13 PM
I kinda felt for Kimbo, I mean in essence all he wanted to do was fight for $$$, and Elite made him something he wasnt. It was all a farce and a bad one at that
10-05-2008, 04:24 PM
10-05-2008, 05:42 PM
The womens match(s) to me were the most technically proficient of all the cards.
I find that in boxing the lighter weight matches are always better than the heavy weight
10-05-2008, 06:05 PM
What? The fight with Gina wasn't that great, all that other girl did was press her into the cage. I missed the cyborg one though, that chic looks scary.
Kimbo just got caught on the button with a flash knockdown, that other guy got so lucky. I feel Kimbo walked out of the cage like a man, graciously thanking everyone for being there. It's all good!
10-05-2008, 06:09 PM
im surprised nobody mentioned Kimbo after the stoppage. HAHAHAHA he was trying to take down the ref with a single leg and the ref was just standing his ground like wtf? lol then when he got to his feet he had the ref clinched against the fence and it looked like the ref was gonna guilotine him LOL that to me was the funniest part! Oh, and the fact that this big bad ass street thug was crying like a baby after the fight, looked like he got his new toy stolen hahahaha.
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