(Rahman snatches the WBC/IBF/IBO heavyweight boxing titles with his fifth-round KO of Lennox Lewis in April 2001.)
According to a new report on Sherdog, former heavyweight boxing champ Hasim Rahman is planning on entering MMA competition sometime this year. Has he joined an MMA camp yet? No. Does he have any grappling experience? No — unless you count the brief wrestling contest he had against Lennox Lewis when they were promoting their rematch in November 2001. But his manager Sandro Gelke seems to have a pretty solid grasp on the sport, so he should be just fine:
Ah, the Kimbo Slice model — a foolproof plan of success. You’d think that Gelke would want to avoid any comparisons to the ill-fated brawler after what became of Kimbo’s short career, but Rahman’s manager seems to be embracing them. And he’s also wise enough to know that you need to beat up four or five cans before taking on a Lesnar or Fedor. That’s just smart management. As for where we might be seeing Rahman test his fate in a new sport?
So, book the fight first, then start training? Maybe not the best strategy, unless your opponent is Ross Clifton. If Rahman really wants to be the new Kimbo Silce, he needs to hook up with Bas Rutten right away and start learning the game — especially now that there’s a Kimbo-sized hole in Bas’s heart. Teach him to love again, Rock.