Kimbo is lucky that he has the strength to get away with all the mistakes he made. If I were his manager, I would send him out against nothing but guppies until he gets his conditioning up and learns MMA a little better.
I had forgotten about Thompson's fight against Alex Emelienko. The knockout happened so quickly there wasn't a whole lot to remember and Alexander isn't even the best heavyweight in his family. Any chance Fedor is ever moving over to UFC?
I guess I don't get the animosity towards Kimbo. Every time I've seen him interviewed or whatever he seems very humble, realizes he is limited in MMA experience, doesn't claim to be able to take out guys like Ortiz, Liddell whatever. I agree the hype around him is ridiculous. It explains the animosity from the guys like Ortiz because they don't think he has "paid his dues" yet to be getting top billing and 6 figure fights. They are jealous, I get that. But, why all the animosity from the fans.
He didn't ask for the fame - but I guarantee you every one of you would cash in the same way he is. I think he realizes this opportunity is his short window to cash in on something he picked up in the streets. As soon as he gets knocked out a couple of times - his hype will be over and he'll be done. In the mean time, he has the punching power that makes it exciting and he could knock anyone out, i.e. he always has a punchers chance. Quite frankly, I think most casual fans of MMA will ALWAYS find that more entertaining than a rear naked choke or an armbar.
The haters sound like John Wooden saying dunking has no place in the game of basketball and a guy that can shoot, play fundamental defense, and has a mid range jumper is much better than a Ricky Davis for example. But, which would casual fans rather see, a 15 foot jumper or a 360 dunk?
I thought Kimbo did well for only having two fights under his belt. IMO the last two fights got stopped as much for the program running late and the spilling of major blood on primetime network TV as they did for legitmate reasons. At the time when they stopped the previous fight, the guy with the supposedly bad eye wasn't even squinting or blinking.
I'm one of those casual observers who only watches occasionally, but from my vantage point the quality of the product was certainly inferior, and the WWE type of hype only made it worse. The UFC was probably watching and laughing their heads off. At times it was as painful to watch as one of those short lived XFL games where the hype exceeded the product.
I thought Kimbo showed incredible strength to be able to work himself out of bad positions repeatedly but ran out of luck when he got pinned against the fence. But he certainly is a raw talent. Unless he can improve fast, his career will be a short, but well paid one, instead of the normal work your way up with smaller purses and weaker fighters.
There was an article on Yahoo where many were questioning whether the fights were fixed. I don't buy that as some of the punches were just plain nasty, but the quality of the product was a letdown. I'd watch again but would prefer if they turned down the hype-meter about 5 notches.
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