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“A guy put me in an armbar, you gotta break that shit off.”

EliteXC held a conference call yesterday to discuss their upcoming “Renegade” event, with live events president Gary Shaw and fighters Kimbo Slice, KJ Noons and Jake Shields in attendance. (The audio is here; dig that funky hold music.)

Obviously, the call belonged to Kimbo. Give this guy a few years and he’ll be operating on Tyson-esque levels of verbal entertainment/insanity. Some of his highlights:

[On training with Bas Rutten]: “Every aspect of my training has improved. My whole life has improved. I don’t even smoke any more. I haven’t had sex in four months. I haven’t had a cocktail in five, six months. So I’m pretty pure and backed up, and I’m ready to fight. My focus is on point. I’m accurate. I know how to use my power. My wind is outstanding. I’m ready for anything coming my way. My groundwork is superb. I’m an all?around fighter. I’m no longer one?dimensional. I’m not going to stand there and bang. Working with Bas, that’s like, man, he’s like the Jimmy Johnson, the John Madden of [MMA].”


[On his ultimate goal in the sport]: “I hope I don’t sound too ghetto, but you’ve got to remember, I just came off the streets yesterday. So I’m on a paper chase. I’m after the dollar signs. So I’ll fight anybody. I’m in a contract right now, so whoever is coming my way, man, I’m ready to fight. Getting a title is the ultimate reason for all of us doing this. To get a nice payday and have that belt around our waist to consider ourselves a true champion. And that’s what it’s about with me, man. I’m a professional now in my life and I’m taking this thing serious, man. A guy put me in an armbar, you’ve got to break that shit off. I’m not just tapping out. I don’t know what tapping out is. Sometimes I just get tears in my eyes when shit doesn’t work out, when I can’t get a fight. But I want that belt around my waist like everybody else. I’m hungry for it. I’m really hungry for it.”

[On Tank Abbott]: “I’ll fight Tank anywhere. We don’t even have to do it in the ring. We can do it in the backyard, the parking lot. I’m cool with it. But the big payday is doing it in the ring, that’s cool. I’m EliteXC, those are my guys, whatever they’ve got set up for me, I’m ready for whatever. If Tank wants to do it, get him to sign and we’ll do it.”

[On his backyard fights]: “I used to enter those things high. I was smoking me a blunt before I’d go out there. It’s not the same now. I know the guys fighting me are professionals. I’ve got to bring my A-game.”

[On humility]: “I’ve always been humble. I’m humble with my kids and my girl and I’m humble with my friends. I have a humble spirit by nature. Fighting just allows me to really be the way I probably would normally feel on the regular, you know what I mean?”

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tank abbott- April 11, 2008 at 5:14 am
kimbo is a fag
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