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Epic Fail: EliteXC’s Bribery of Seth Petruzelli

(It’s even sadder in slo-mo.)

From Monsters in the Morning via BloodyElbow via CagePotato reader “Adam S”:

Seth Petruzelli: My original plan was to throw a lot of push kicks, they’re called teeps…have him think that I’m going to throw ‘em to try to rush in more, and then shoot in on him, obviously…I knew I would do alright standing up with him. The promoters kinda hinted to me, and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down. Let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try and stand up and punch with him.

Petruzelli says he was paid “in the six-figure range” for accepting the main event fight on Saturday and will be re-negotiating his contract for his next EliteXC fights. I bet the next time EliteXC offers a guy money to stand and trade with Kimbo, they’ll be a little clearer about the objective: Don’t shoot for a takedown, but also don’t knock him out with an off-balance jab. (You’d think that would be implied.) We definitely suggest listening to the rest of the “Monsters” interview, where Seth describes the moment where he knew he had Kimbo beat, what he said to the athletic commissioner afterwards, and the chances of Kimbo/Seth II (and Tito/Seth I). Entertaining stuff…

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Anonymous- February 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm
This is Libel you have no proof whatsoever!
Clyde- October 6, 2008 at 11:53 am
Shame. I knew Kimbo was being over rated by elite XC as "the #1 striker in the heavyweight division" but I kind of like the guy in spite of that (and some of the newer "fans" of MMA).

I'm mostly impressed that Seth got a win bonus. Was it in his contract or did they not actually consider that Golden Boy could loose?
Walrus- October 6, 2008 at 3:57 am
^I'd suppose Kimbo could be put under the "glass-jaw" category, relating to recent events.

Seriously though, I wish C.P. compiled a list of all the Kimbo supporters (more like nuthuggers, in some instances) -- cause I'm not reading many responses from that demographic.
Niggajitsu- October 6, 2008 at 1:34 am
I wonder how much they paid Ken "Class Chin" Shamrock to stand and trade with Bumbo?
Frank- October 6, 2008 at 12:40 am
What a crock of sh*t! I knew EliteXC was over-hyping Kimbo but I didn't think they were actually trying to fix the fights. There should be a FBI investigation into this. I'm serious. The fight was on TV, so that makes it FCC territory. Shaw should do some jail time if what Petruzelli says is true.
mmmiles- October 6, 2008 at 12:07 am
Hey big up to Seth Petruzelli! Way to get paid off the shitstorm that is EliteXC. Did the world a favour and got paid doing it.

I actually like Kimbo, in the sense that he got a ridiculous opportunity and made the right moves to get paid for it. As a serious MMA fighter he was a joke but I can respect that he made the most of a megabucks opportunity. For a youtube street fighter he actually had a head on his shoulders for success, even if he probably won't ever have the talent im sure his promoters somehow thought he could.
The Blemish- October 5, 2008 at 9:15 pm
EliteXC has given Seth a new nickname: Seth "Big Mouth" Petruzelli
Smackdaddiest1- October 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm
I just read over on yahoo sports that kimbo's salary for the fight was $500,000. Serves EliteXc right.
Darkside- October 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm

"And of course, let’s not get into that bullshit standup from side control in the Arlovski/Nelson match."

Thank god somebody finally said it.
Anonymous- October 5, 2008 at 7:49 pm
Mayhem420, I think in PRIDE the deal was: 'you get X amount of money for fighting Sakuraba and beating him; you get X + Y amount of money if you fight Sakuraba and lose' - a 'losing bonus', if you will. This is a little bit different - more of a 'stand-up fight' bonus.
Armbutt- October 5, 2008 at 7:49 pm
This is pretty shocking. Elite is the lowest.
El MIedo- October 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm
He should fight in the UFC against the elusive Karate guy?

Are you kidding me?

Seth "The Silver Splatter Back" Petruzzeli would get killed by Lyoto Machida.

Machida would behead him for disgracing Karate.
FilmDrunk- October 5, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Listened to the interview - hey, you think they could squeeze in a couple more attention hungry theater kids into that room?
Doodoo Beard- October 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Wow. That video just shows how pathetic that punch was. Not to mention, how weak the finishing shots were. Most missed. Wow. Next time Kimbo gets into the ring with Seth, Kimbo will be peeing down both legs. And Seth looked terrified. I have never seen such a display of wussy punching and then acting like a wussy when getting hit by a wussy punch. That is crazy. I bet people will be lining up in Miami with there money out to hit Kimbo with their short jabs. There will be short jab classes all over the projects in Miami. Hell Seth needs to do a training tape on how to throw a short jab. It will sell like hot cakes in Miama.
t0pd0g- October 5, 2008 at 7:26 pm
Hahaha Kimbo is so shit, I could fight better than his ass...I cant wait to see what Dana White has to say in his next interview when he gets asked about this. The overly hyped gorilla man getting knocked out in the main event in 14 seconds by some guy with pink hair, dont get me wrong i love this Petruzelli guy now, but he said himself hes a part time fighter coming off a year break...on top of that Jared Shaw is shown yelling like a little girl in the backround because his money maker just got flushed down the that is true entertainment. I cant wait to see what is next in store for this half ass promotion!!
tully- October 5, 2008 at 7:23 pm
okay this is really getting ridiculous

Armbreaker- October 5, 2008 at 7:17 pm
I hadn't seen such a pathetic performance in an MMA fight since Butterbean v. Patrick Smith. This may be worse.
Smackdaddiest1- October 5, 2008 at 7:07 pm
I mentioned this on the other post, Jared Shaw looked super pissed with Petruzelli after the fight.

Now I think it's obvious that Seth didn't follow "instructions" and shit all over EliteXc's parade! I am finding this real damn funny
mayhem420- October 5, 2008 at 6:58 pm
@Old, Bald and Irish: thanks! I am at work and I wanted to know what he said.
Thats classic.... awesome.

@Miller419: Dude you know Seth already was in the UFC. He was in TUF 2 and lost matches to Matt Hammil and Wilson Gouveia.. Why would Dana want this guy back?
Besides Elite is going to make this guy the next coming of Christ.
EXC is SH!T- October 5, 2008 at 6:56 pm
I'm sure the queer sausage fest back at his house were celebrating and having multiple orgasms when he won. I can hear one now, "oh man just for that I'm gonna blow him all night and then cook him his favorite for breakfast, a sausage and 2 eggs"
Kim Couture is a cunt- October 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm
and the rainbow belt means...............
Blackleg- October 5, 2008 at 6:48 pm
lol what a fucking dumbass. You killed the golden calf, all bet set for at least one more decent payday before everyone realizes you're still the POS UFC-washout we all remember you as and you go on the radio and give a play-by-play on how you took money to go along with them trying to set the fight? hahahah I'm sure they'll be really anxious to put your ass back in a prime-time bout.
Miller419- October 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm
I am hoping that Dana White gets this guy. I could see him putting him in there with other Karate guy who is "elusive" whats his name... Anyway that would be a pretty cool fight and maybe it would be finished. Then Dana could laugh all the way to the bank when he sent Seth home and he would be worth nothing. Not that I am a UFC nuthugger but I cant stand EXC. I was excited for Affliction but after they signed with $kala I was heartbroken. Maybe another promotion will come along that can actually compete. I have made my case for an AFC NFC type MMA deal with another promotion and UFC with a year end "super bowl" championship set of matches with all of the weight classes respectivley. October 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm
I'd love to know that the hell the athletic commissions think of this - I believe EliteXC crossed the line with this shit and somebody needs to be hung (perhaps a Shaw?) for this. It's shit like this that will stop the sport from growing and gaining more mainstream acceptance. Right now I don't trust anything that happens at an EliteXC event, and I can't be alone.

And of course, let's not get into that bullshit standup from side control in the Arlovski/Nelson match.
Old, Bald and Irish- October 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm
Whoa... EVERYBODY needs to click the link for that radio interview with Seth Petruzelli.

On "screamin and running in circles for 15 minutes"

Seth Petruzelli: "As soon, as soon as the, the head athletic comissioner stopped me, he's like, "You gotta calm down! The crowds getting too crazy!", the first thing outta my, my mouth was "I gotta get outta here. I don't wanna get shot!"