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Hasim Rahman Wants to Follow In Kimbo’s Footsteps

(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:

“[Rahman] thought it would be an interesting thing. He’s seen Kimbo Slice fight on TV, and he’s like, ‘I’d like to fight some of these guys’…We want to get a few smaller fights under our belts before we take on a Lesnar or Fedor or someone like that. There’s nothing solid right now. But we’re already talking with promoters about shows in April or May…
I understand how difficult it is. That’s why I’m looking to not put him in with any big grapplers at first. I don’t think Rock really understands how hard it will be to fight these guys with a grappling and wrestling background. So I’m looking to put him in with someone like Tank Abbott, or James Thompson."

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?

“I’m talking to Strikeforce, [a] lot of big promotions. Some in Japan, like Sengoku and Dream. Hasim would love to fight over in Japan. Also some smaller promotions, like Wargods. I’m trying to get him into an MMA gym, work with some top trainers, there are some great gyms out here in Vegas…I think he’s waiting to see that I have a fight set. Then he can focus on training.”

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.

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MMA Finnfan- March 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm
"Have you ever seen Dana allow someone to just walk into a title fight?" Yeah, Brock Lesnar.

Have you ever seen LesnarĀ“s MMA record?
KTFO- February 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm
Say what you want about Kimbo, he was the worst fighter and made the most money. Douche maybe, stupid NO.

Oh and Lesnar is the HW champ for those of you who forgot. If ANYONE in the UFC is better why are they not wearing the belt? Hate him all you want, he's still a bad ass behemoth, capable of breaking a face with his XXXXL canned ham fists, and a much more stellar history of wrestling than the next closest competitor. (Couture) How long has Dana been not only president of the UFC but a representative of fighters? The opportunity given to Lesnar speaks volumes about Dana's confidence in him and that's good enough for me. Have you ever seen Dana allow someone to just walk into a title fight? Think about it.
Keyser Soze- February 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm
I have to agree with armfarmer's and K4K's comments. Lesnar's big, strong and fast, but he's only two feet tall in a ground game and still a virgin in jiu jitsu fighting. If he doesn't win by KO fast and decisively he's in deep trouble. He laid on Herring for 15 minutes and couldn't do sh*t to him, despite plenty of opportunities.

I think Mir won the first matchup by being a smarter fighter, and don't see much changing in the rematch. As a side note, Mir's striking looked vastly improved in the Nog title shot and seemed in much better physical shape. A couple losses and humility would do a world of good for Lesnar.

It's too bad the UFC doesn't seem interested in Bobby Lashley, that would be a decent fight with good promotional value.
TUF Guy's likes it in the rear!- February 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm
Boy Lennos's smile went away quickly didn't it.
Beyond Sedated- February 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Lol vs Tank or James T. Lawl again and again.

I'm not shocked, boxings heavyweight division is worthless and the sport as a whole has been taking a back seat to MMA. Not to say boxing doesnt have some really good lightweights etc but the heavyweight division is just fucking horrid. Rahman, tank,butterbean,kimbo etc should do some type of wahsed up celebrity fight night. ''celebrity'' ha.
backbaconbilly- February 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm
I think 09 will be the yr we see Fedor lose, not because he is slipping away from being top dog, but because even the best slip up and make a mistake. GSP came back from his loss to Serra a much improved fighter, and if Fedor does lose a match then he will come back stronger for it as well. There are lots of Fighters who have the possibility to beat Fedor the problem is getting those fights signed up.
McClaniac- February 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Rahman going into mma without enough PROPER training is kinda like having sex with a girl without having ever jerked off before, he really is gonna be overwhelmed and end up face down and light headed
Big Frank- February 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Hopefully Hasim wasn't raised republican; that way, he can work on his submission skills without his upbringing causing him immeasurable guilt.
Lennox Lewis- February 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm
I'm going to come to MMA and fight Hasim, If I pull Guard and maybe he can give me some man loving
smashfacekillah- February 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm
To all of you people on lesnars dick. I dont think you can be a champ untill you have proven you can defend your title at least once. I do not think that lesar could defend his title against one of the many hungry elite heavy weights. Lesnar is an over hyped pud.
SiDeBuRnZ- February 27, 2009 at 11:40 am
I'm kinda curious to see fight videos of this kimbo silce
Jason- February 27, 2009 at 11:19 am
@ lost in ok

No what he knows is how much promoters paid Kimbo to fight cans which actually makes good business sense. Now a lot of people think Kimbo is a douche for taking those fights but he was making good money and probably doesn't care.
lost in ok- February 27, 2009 at 9:13 am
Rahman camp manager clearly knows the MMA game. So your fighter has never trained MMA, especially grappling and can punch well, then your first fight should be against the Huntington Beach Punching Bag whose only cardio is wandering to the fridge and back, Tank Abbott. Although he is no longer a talent, he is still a name or no one would talk about his fights.
Ketamine 4Kids- February 27, 2009 at 9:12 am
Saying Mir will lose to Lesnar in a rematch is like saying Fedor would lose to Arlovski in a rematch- bs in my book, although Mir was much closer to losing his fight. I think Mir and Fedor deserve less doubt than Lesnar, as they have been fighting a lot longer than Lesnar, have better training and experience, and have proven themselves more than 5 times in the cage/ring. While Mir MAY lose to Lesnar, I think there is no way in hell Fedor wouldn't wipe the mat with him any day of the week, Lesnar would be way out of his league with Fedor ..just my 2 cents
armfarmer- February 27, 2009 at 9:04 am
@ youhateme

I think it's a little premature to make those kind of statements. What has Lesnar done? Beaten a can who's name I can't even remember, beaten a guy by decision that can't beat a decent wrestler to save his life (who also lost a decision to Jake Obrien), caught Randy who was giving him a run for his money up until then, and lost to the only decent submission fighter he's faced in the first round.

He has potential and physical tools, but saying he's going to go on a run like that... I wouldn't be so sure. Mir, Nog, and Gonzaga are all big guys with top notch Jiu Jitsu and well rounded games, they are all taylor made to beat lesnar who is very new to bjj. Then he has to worry about Cain and Carwin, who are very big strong wrestlers could nullify his only strengths, and a rematch with Randy could always happen. Basically, there are at least 6 heavyweights I can name off the top of my head that are great style match ups to beat Lesnar, so until we see him take out a few more of those guys no I don't think you can argue he's going to be that dominant.

Then theres always a couple guys outside the ufc for him to worry about... Arlovski, Barnett, and oh yeah that Fedor guy.. come to mind.
Josh Aint Thug- February 27, 2009 at 8:16 am
Sure he's taken Lennox Lewis's best on two separate occasions. But nothing can prepare him for the vicious one-legged jab.
Sheps- February 27, 2009 at 8:09 am
Rahman is a crappy boxer anyway, seriously he started to shine when Lennox left the scene. Seriously though, i'd want to change sports if i got KTFO by a big lipped Russian.
YouHateMe- February 27, 2009 at 8:03 am
I'm a Frank Mir and Fedor fan, but I think Lesnar is going to beat Mir by TKO. Frank got a lucky leg lock on him and you aren't going to get him again like that. And as for a hypothetical fight with Fedor, Lesnar is just too damn big, strong and quick. I think Lesnar is going to be the UFC champ for the next 3 years and come close to Matt Huges record for the most defended title matches.

RaginAsian- February 27, 2009 at 7:58 am
I'm not gonna say his manager is all kinds of mistaken in his assessment of James Thompson, but he sure as shit isn't right. All he has to do is google the guy and he'd know about the RIOT he started with his grappling.
Dynamite!!- February 27, 2009 at 7:33 am
after finally watching the first ufc, hasim rahman was intrigued with art jimmerson's performance and realized that he would be unstoppable with 2 boxing gloves.
Artigale- February 27, 2009 at 7:26 am
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I can already hear him now. Man I do not have to spend that much time on that grappling shit because no one can get past my punches. Then in his first show a newb takes him to the ground and submits him.......stupid boxers.
SmallBoy- February 27, 2009 at 7:23 am
emotionally hasim has it all to play for
@ rh- February 27, 2009 at 7:23 am
Hey Dickhead, no ones forcing you to read it let alone comment on it.
Go back to sucking on that dick if you're not entertained here.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- February 27, 2009 at 7:16 am
Why does it say fourth round KO when in the video it happens in the fifth?
rh- February 27, 2009 at 7:16 am
...and in other shocking news, this week, Saturday will follow Friday, and precede Sunday.