Because we have no regard for his safety or well-being, Cage Potato sent freelance writer Brian Dermody to Kimbo Slice’s big media day at the Fighthouse Gym in New York City on Friday afternoon. He returned a little shaken and admitted that ever since his visit with Slice he now sits down to pee, but the point is he made it back and he actually remembered to conduct an interview while he was there. Since the last time we sent a freelancer out on an interview she ended up being sexually assaulted on film, this is pretty much the best possible outcome we could have hoped for.
CagePotato.com: Nobody’s seen you fight in over a year. What are you bringing into TUF 10 that we haven’t seen before?
You gotta watch the show, man, to really see anything about me. But anyone who knows me, knows anything about me, (knows) when I come to work I come to work. Fighting is what I do, and I come to fight.
We saw the preview and as soon as you walk through the door, Rampage Jackson says ‘That’s my guy”. How’d that make you feel?
When he did that I was like, “Oh shit! I’m down, that’s my dog.” I like him, I’m a big fan of his, got a lot of respect for him. If anyone I wouldn’t have minded being under it would have been him. Considering Rashad (Evans) on the ground, he’s also got good skills in what he does. But the way Rampage did it, he caught me by surprise. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was shocking.
Was it a boost in confidence going in as the first pick?
No, because you’ve got to prove yourself. There are fifteen other guys who are just as good or better. So everyone got to prove themselves. Coming in, I know I got a target on my back. It was no added pressure.
I know you have to be sick of answering this one, but how was the house for you?
How do I answer that? It was different.
How do you mean?
It was different for me, I can’t speak for the other guys. It was different.
But your training benefitted.
Oh yeah, I learned a hell of a lot more in that short period of time than I did with Bas (Rutten) in a whole year.
You and Wes Sims got to be buddies in there.
I like Sims. Sims and I were going to do a bare knuckle fight a couple of years back. But it never happened. And then we were going to fight under another organization, but that never happened. Then we ended up being in the same house together and I was like “Hey! That name sounds familiar.” He was like “Yeah we were gonna (fight)” “Oh shit! What’s up?” He’s an all right guy.
Anyone else cool? Anyone rub you the wrong way?
You gotta see the show. I’ll be honest with you. There was a few here and there, but that’s what’s going to making it interesting to see what transpired. I can’t wait.
You made steaks for everyone early on?
I love grilling, so when it came time to eat, I know how to do it and do it well. I’m cooking my own steak as well, I don’t trust nobody else. I get really detailed on it. I might have to start my own cooking class.
Or you could go on “Hell’s Kitchen”
(shakes his head) Kimbo’s Kitchen. One slice.
In June, Ray Mercer, who you’ve fought, KO’d Tim Sylvia. He then said “those MMA guys, they don’t seem to want to fight me. I don’t get it. I thought they had heart, yet they won’t fight.”
He’s not a good sportsman. (laughs) That was Mercer?
Mercer said that. Care to retort?
I’m a fighter, trying to become an Ultimate Fighter. “MMA guys” covers a large variety of guys. I can’t respond to that. I don’t want people to get the impression I’m answering for all the other MMA fighters.
But for me personally, being an MMA fighter, I’ve fought Ray Mercer already. For him to say guys in MMA don’t want to fight him, we all know that’s bullshit. I’ve fought him. Tim fought him, though he lost. He even fought Remy Bonjasky and he quit from a kick to the head. He just quit in the middle of the fight, so Mercer’s talking out of his ass.
No disrespect to him as the ex-heavyweight champion of the world, but he’s got to watch what he’s saying because he’s being disrespectful to other fighters.
I assume you’ll be fighting in the finale.
Yes, in December.
How are you preparing for your fight?
How do you prepare for a fight? Training, man, training. Smoking a lot of weed and having a lot of sex.
I’m quoting you on that.
Last thing, it’s been a while you’ve been doing this on a professional level. We’re all a little older and wiser. Kimbo, is tapping out still for bitches?
Tapping out is still for bitches.
by Brian Dermody