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Bullshit Quote of the Day: Kalib Starnes Says if He Had to Do UFC 83 Fight Over Again He Would Still Run From Nate Quarry For Three Rounds

(Call it a hunch, but something tells us that Kalib isn’t going to be the fan favorite in this one.)

Some people are either just too proud, too embarrassed or too pigheaded to ever admit when they’re wrong.

Although we’re not sure which category Kalib Starnes belongs in, we figured that three years after his career-changing marathon running performance against Nate Quarry at UFC 83, the Surrey, British Columbia-born fighter would finally be able to admit that he should have fought differently that night.

Apparently we were wrong, except we can admit it.

Starnes spoke with Neil Davidson from the Canadian Press ahead of his Ringside middleweight bout with Patrick Cote this weekend at the same arena he was booed out of April 19, 2008 and the former American Top Team fighter said that he wouldn’t change anything about the fight with Quarry even if he could in spite of a deluge of hate mail and threats he has received as a result of his baffling performance.

“I’ve learned a lot from that experience. I think I’ve grown a lot personally and as an athlete. I feel very good. If I could go back and change it, I don’t think I would, you know. I think it’s something that in the end will make me a better, stronger person.”

“This is a real test for me, this one. Because it’s going into a place where I’ve had a dramatic failure in the past. And to be able to go back to that same venue and to fight somebody there, I’m going to be under a lot of pressure. I’ll be the underdog and hated really by the crowd coming in. He’s the Quebecer, he’s from Montreal, he’s going to be the favourite … I’ll be booed all the way to the ring probably. Being able to deal with that pressure and stress and to come out of it and perform up to my ability, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing. I have no thoughts about victory or losing or anything. I just feel like going in there and dealing with that pressure. And I want to put myself back in that situation and I want to kind of grow from it. [I don't look at the fight this weekend as being closure] but it may be. I can’t think of myself being put under more pressure than I will be this weekend and that’s something I look forward to.”

Kalib still doesn’t get why fans and the MMA media vilified him for that infamous fight, in spite of the fact that thousands of fighters work their whole lives and never make it to the UFC and would fight with broken limbs and no skin on their feet for the opportunity to compete for 15 minutes in the Octagon.

He blames the media for amplifying the situation.

[It's] just the culture we live in,” he explained.”It’s just a world where people’s priorities are maybe not where they should be.”

Editor’s Note: The day following UFC 83, Starnes spoke with me exclusively while I was with The Fight Network about why he fought like he did. The BJJ black belt revealed that he broke his foot in the opening round and said that he didn’t want to risk getting brain damage by wading in and engaging in a slugfest with a heavy-handed brawler like Quarry. He went on to explain that he wasn’t fired by the UFC as Dana White had proclaimed. Instead, he claimed that he had contacted UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to request his release after being publicly ridiculed by White in the press. After the story came out, Starnes regretted badmouthing his former employer and tried to say that the disparaging quotes we printed were meant to be off the record in spite of the fact that he did not indicate as much at the time of the interview. When contacted and informed that his claims were untrue and that we had the tapes of our conversation to prove it if he wanted them released, Starnes declined the offer.

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allbutgone- March 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm
Ive got the nomiker(spelling???) allbutgone that represents i am never gonna give up... well thats what dumaphlochie did in that fight!!! If he had half a brain it woulda occurred to him seconds after and the only course of action would have been humility. But we all know that didnt happen and he flipped off the world basically saying im still tough even though i showed weakness??????????????????? Really dude? I randomly wondered about him today to see where he was at and googled him to find out hes still suffering from denial! Sure I could beat him despite zero training for several months but he should finance the bout for making 6 figures in UFC blocksuka!
Romanhelmut- April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Guys, you would run to if Quarry was coming at you with that cool automatic hammer fist move. Quarry looked like a "rockin robot" and Kalib was freaked out from being on some strange B.C. fungus. Give him a break fellas....
Fried Taco- April 7, 2011 at 8:14 am
I'm so glad he didn't suffer any brain damage.
Pen Fifteen- April 7, 2011 at 5:45 am
Does this guy think anyone believes his "you can't fire me because I quit!" story? What a dickhole.
ArmFarmer- April 7, 2011 at 5:13 am
I broke my toe doing hip heists (warm up drills) at bjj practice once. I finished the next hour and a half of drilling/rolling, with nothing on the line and no real reason to continue. Granted I didn't know it was broken at the time. I also broke my foot once in a motorcycle accident and got up and ran off the road. I refused to wear a cast and a week later got in a drunken fight with a friend and beat his ass with a broken foot. I'd think that being on national television with your career on the line you could at least try to fight... people have fought through worse. People have also gone into a fight knowing they were probably gonna get ko'd and didn't run away. I personally don't think he's worth talking about.. ever.
edhedicus- April 7, 2011 at 12:26 am
I believe that we as the readers should have some input on the stories that are posted on here. So I ask, on behalf of all CP readers, DONT EVER TALK ABOUT THIS PIECE OF SHIT EVER AGAIN! If you must, please refer to him as Douchebag Tinyfuckstick.
Thank you for your cooperation.....
Uppercut Magnet- April 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm
Cripple vs Marathon Man: One shall run, One shall fall
Spicymeatball- April 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm
That fight was awful but the last 30 seconds of that fight were goddamn gold.
fatbellyfrank- April 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm
Run Kalib run
djp1988- April 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm
Fan favorites cartwheel away from their opponents, you vagina.
SethF- April 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm
It's just the culture we live in, where people, for whatever reason, get mad when they pay 50 bucks to watch a guy run away for the entire fight, not even attempting to take his job seriously. Then they actually print the things you say in an interview you know will get published. What's wrong with these assholes?
agentsmith- April 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm
Funny how he didn't limp the slightest bit while he ran on that broken foot for over 10 minutes.
Mike Russell- April 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm
They are literally the only two guys in MMA who I've dealt with who hate me. In retrospect, I guess I should have rolled over and let them be the Alphas for once.
RwilsonR- April 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm
I'll tell you this, MRuss - you may have a lot of detractors around here, but if you judge a man by the quality of his enemies, then you, sir, are a good man. That Kalib Starnes and Gus Johnson hate you as a journalist is quite an awesome feather to have in your cap.
Get Off Me- April 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm
[It's] just the culture we live in,” he explained.”It’s just a world where people’s priorities are maybe not where they should be.”

------------------------------------------------------------------Not Bullshit to me.
I would give a shit about his running around the Octagon if I would have bet money on him in that fight, otherwise it's just like watching Vera/Jardine, Silva/Leites etc...
el_presidente- April 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Watch any Starnes interview about anything. All bullshit. Guys a douche.
Cookie Monster- April 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm
I dunno if i got the same thing from that quote as you guys did. It seems he is viewing the aftermath of it as a positive experience in that he grew from it into a stronger person. I can't begin to accept that he doesn't regret running around like a fool and everybody hating him, its not possible. With that said, fuck you kalib, my mind almost exploded during that fight trying to comprehend what you were thinking. You and butt scoot serra should start a gym together.
Bootylam- April 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm
That bitch ran like my wife when I try to get romantic. She said she wanted to keep me OUT of "a place where I've had a dramatic failure in the past"
jfjjfjff- April 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm
he says "a place where i've had a dramatic failure in the past" so he obviously thinks it is a mistake. he is just pulling the old "ive learned so much from that" bs.
hows taste my pee pee- April 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm
Fuck you Starnes. That is all.
Tardjitsu- April 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm
I'm surprised he didn't just run away from Davidson as he was interviewing him.