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‘I Can’t Fathom a Human Being Who Can Take Five Minutes of My Shots.’

(Ferguson and Abbott sort of stare each other down; photo props: Tom Casino/EliteXC via FiveOunces)

Kimbo Slice and Tank Abbott participated in one last press conference for “Street Certified” yesterday at Bernie Kosar’s Steakhouse in Miami. It seems like the two have blown their respective-wads, hype-wise, but they did provide these quotes:

— “Training has just evolved for this fight more than for any of my other opponents. I have taken it very seriously.”

— “Kimbo is going to get hurt, that’s for sure. The way I am and the shape I’m in right now I can’t fathom a human being who can take five minutes of my shots. I am on fire right now.”

— “I think it is funny that he’s got Bas Rutten to train him. This is a real fight, not a slap-fest. He should have gotten a real fighter to train him. Training with Bas is better than nothing. But you either have it or you don’t. Technique doesn’t make you tough.”

— “I think Kimbo’s motivation is to be on TV or on the Internet. I think that is why he fights. Me? I have been in over 200 street fights to various degrees, ranging from knocking a guy out at a stop light to sending someone to the ICU for a week. I fight because I love it…I like it because I can’t go to jail for it.”

— “If you make a strategy to fight someone you are developing little crutches for yourself. I don’t have a plan.”

— “Everybody gives me shit about my shape. I can do 15 minutes on my head holding my breath.”

— “Tank is full of shit if he thinks I can’t take his punches. I’m bringing the whole thing to the cage. I am bringing the hood with me to this cage.”

— “This fight means a lot to not only me but the entire city. This is big time. That is why I am going to break his rib, break his nose, break his arm.”

— “There are a lot of things in my arsenal I am going to try to use. If he’s a tad bit slow, I’m going to hurt him. I’ve trained with the best. It is going to be a long fight for him, or a short night.”

— “The right hand is for his top lip, the left hand is for his bottom lip.”

— “Bas (Rutten) is a mentor of mine. Anything Tank has to say about Bas, I am going to take it personal. I am going to make him pay for his words.”

— “Tank has a very big mouth. He needs to be careful about what he says. We take a lot of things personal. I just hope I don’t run into him before the fight starts. I want to settle this in the cage.”

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Noah- February 14, 2008 at 10:13 pm
Tank can't fathom a human being who can take five minutes of his shots, that's because Tank can't throw punches for five minutes!
mmacoach- February 14, 2008 at 6:13 pm
Tank was a wrestler and a pit fighter back in the days when one dimensional fighters were more frequent than guys with a good right hand AND a good double leg. However, he is in no shape to fighting in todays game. He's going to get "Royce Gracied" up and down that circular cage. May sound disrespectful to the Gracies, but I didn't intent it that way, it is just a good way to describe dinosaurs trying to compete without evolving. OrMMA you pegged that show, Bas deserves to be treated with respect as one of the pioneers of the sport and for being as technically sound as he is. The fight game is all about talking shit at that level, can't let a guy bad mouth you without saying something back... however, Tank doesn't even believe himself, he's there to get his paycheck and buy a new tooth to go with his 7 others.
Justin C- February 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm
I almost feel sorry for Tank. Is he this ignorant?
taintbreath- February 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm
steve mazzagatti could whip them all.
ZzFDKzZ- February 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm
I don't blame Tank talking crap about Bas. Bas pretty much rub how Kimbo was going to beat him right in front of Tank's face in one of those Inside MMA shows.
Turdburglar- February 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm
Tank has never been good or had a wining record, even in his "prime". Tank is going to rue the day he stepped into the cage Kimbo.

WTF- February 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Bas would kill Tank faster than Kimbo is going to...
Toolman- February 14, 2008 at 4:02 pm
Kimbo is about to get his *** knocked out!
OrMMA- February 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm
"The way I am and the shape I’m in right now.."

lol musta been training to 'roll' over him lol. Tank's gonna get fucked up.
OrMMA- February 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm
Wow talking about Bas and a slap fest? did he not catch that episode of fight science where Bas was beating everyone else's numbers? hit hook almost a 100 higher on the HIC scale then Tito's, almost 960lbs of force? Granted Tank has one of the best UFC knockouts, but that washed up hobo needs to stick to talking shit about the 200+ bums he beat up with Rob Emerson and called them street fights
alan- February 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Lol tank talking shit about bas...really hope he gets gtfo....fat fuck the 90's are over.
OPG- February 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Kimbos Hungry, Kimbos Gonna pwn!!!