October 4, 2008
Better Than: The WWE and the WBA combined.
By now you know: Kimbo Slice got knocked out at the BankAtlantic Center last night. Okay, so it was only a technical knock out, but a TKO that comes 14 seconds into a fight may as well be called a knockout. Hell, if the chatter on the MMA blogs is any indication, it may just have knocked Kimbo out of the cage for good.
And, yes, I missed it. Oh, I was cageside for EliteXC’s Heat all right, but I bounced before the main event. Why? Well, because Ken Shamrock, the cat Kimbo was supposed to fight, bowed out right before CBS went live with the program.
The reason: docs determined “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” was unfit to fight because he “suffered” a small cut above his left eye during day-of training.
That’s the official story anyway. Word around the arena was that Shamrock tried to shakedown the promoters and they weren’t having it. I don’t know, and frankly, I don’t care. If a so-called extreme fighter sissies out of a bout because of a little laceration, he’s no fighter to me. I mean, this is the big, bad dude who’d spent the previous week telling everybody within earshot (including me) that he was gonna “put a beating” on Miami’s favorite brawler, and he can’t get in the cage because of a fucking boo-boo?
Kimbo, on the other hand, manned up, insisted the show must go on, and at the last minute agreed to fight one Seth Petruzelli, a UFC vet who was originally slated to cage against Aaron Rosa. Still it was a disappointing development, for me and for the nearly 10,000 fight fans in the house, and they greeted the news with a resounding chorus of boos.
And, yes, I left. Meaning at the very least I missed witnessing what will be a very pivotal piece in MMA history. Kimbo is the sport’s poster boy, so if he’s out, who the hell else will the punter put up on their walls?
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Well, Gina Carano for one, the undefeated knockout who fights for Xtreme Couture. Last night the dame nicknamed “Conviction” put the kinda hurting on opponent Kelly Kobold that I wouldn’t wish on any woman, whether it was by another woman or not. Carano, who in a previous incarnation was known as American Gladiators’ Crush, was methodical in her dispatching. A right fist here, a left fist there, a knee to the face, then repeat. And though Kobold did hold her own for the entire three rounds, she couldn’t hold it strong enough, and after Carano clocked her with a vicious foot to the head near the end of the bout it was all Kobold could do to stay standing for the bell.
(Carefully watching cageside was Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, a Brazilian striker who’d earlier dispatched a stiff-chinned Yoko Takahashi. Watch for a Cris/Gina throwdown in the very near future.)