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Interview: Kimbo Slice Talks TUF 10, Ray Mercer, Rampage Jackson, + More

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.

Below, check out what Kimbo had to say about how weed and sex factor into his fight preparation, what he thinks of Ray Mercer’s recent MMA-bashing, and whether tapping out is still for bitches. 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.

Quote it.

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

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reverse02- January 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm
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Squirrelnuts- September 15, 2009 at 12:02 am
tapping out is still for bitches.

Someone knee-bar this fuckin' knucklehead, please?
Bovice- September 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm
"Kimbo’s Kitchen. One slice."

Nigga goes hard.
Stash- September 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm
yeah Bas will just liver punch him and win!
rockhuddy- September 14, 2009 at 10:36 am
When he says he spent a year with Bas, I hope he means he spent a year watching Bas' street self defense video.
Fedor vs. Bas- September 14, 2009 at 10:33 am
@ OBI,

I heard the same thing.

Bas was training him, and Kimbo started to not show up, or not train hard and Bas said, "You either commit to train with me, my way or there's the door" and Kimbo decided to walk. On Inside MMA (HDNet) Bas has had some unkind words for Kimbo, wishes him the best, but was very critical of his training and preparation. So I'm not shocked to see the shot at Bas, but still think Bas could break him in a fight.

~When Kimbo says he's fighting in the finale all the means is he is on the final card. It doesn't mean he's in the final for the contract.
MGalactic- September 14, 2009 at 10:25 am
I don't agree that Kimbo is a brawler. He might not be technical right now, but if he gets good his style will be a technical one. He has never exhibited the characteristics of a brawler.

You don't see him throwing leben-like right hands and tripping over his own feet.
Terminator- September 14, 2009 at 10:25 am
I never understood all the hate towards Kimbo or why people want to see him fail so much. He is just a fighter who is looking for a bigger paycheck.
Viva Hate- September 14, 2009 at 10:19 am
Ahh the ultimate in douchebag style, sculpted chest hair. First Austin Powers now Kimbo Slice.
NateGetsIrate- September 14, 2009 at 10:19 am
So tapping is still for bitches huh? He must be pretty good at popping his arm back into his shoulder socket by now.
TheSlothman- September 14, 2009 at 10:13 am
Getting hard to hate Kimbo with these revalations about his training methods... 315 meet 209!!
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 14, 2009 at 9:50 am
Kimbo Diaz?
SiDeBuRnZ- September 14, 2009 at 9:41 am
The last "brawler" who didn't bother about the technical side of MMA was erm.... Tank Abbott... Go look up how he did.
CAP10- September 14, 2009 at 9:41 am
Sounds like Nick Diaz has a new training partner.
the glza- September 14, 2009 at 9:41 am
cj that is so true.

i like the guy. i like how he knows a lot about the fight business and how he conducts his business and presents himself. seems humble and hard-working.

seems like an okay guy. let's see where this goes...
bleve- September 14, 2009 at 9:34 am
Kimbo fun fact: Two of Kevin Ferguson's sons are named Kevin... and one of his daughters is named Kevina.

That's some funny shit.
steampunk22- September 14, 2009 at 9:33 am
I think its pretty safe to say that Kimbo is going to fight in the finale whether or not he wins. Assuming he doesnt go out first, Dana White will use that as justification to give him a one fight contract and then gauge fan reaction and his performance. Thats my guess.

If he get's Seth Petruzellied again Dana White will write him off completely though I think.
CJ- September 14, 2009 at 9:31 am
I want to know exactly what Bas was telling Kimbo that Kimbo wasn't following. There isn't anything I wouldn't immediately do if Bas Rutten was telling me it would make me a better fighter.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- September 14, 2009 at 9:26 am
@ Fedor vs. Bas

Oh yes he did.

There's a fair amount of bad blood between the two of them. From what I heard, Bas thought Kimbo had a lot of potential and felt he could take Kimbo up to the next level. Then, Kimbo started to believe his own hype and stopped listening to Bas and training like Bas said he should. Bas, apparently, has a my-way-or-the-highway style when it comes to training and he hit the road before the Petruzelli fight.

On Kimbo's side, word was Bas wasn't teaching him squat.

In my opinion, I think they were just a bad training match. Kimbo's a brawler; Bas is a technical fighter. To try and get one to think like the other was probably impossible.
Smitty- September 14, 2009 at 9:26 am
Damn right he's fighting in the finale. Love him or hate him, Kimbo is here to stay. Whether he wins the show or not (pick which rumor you want to believe), he'll be fighting in the UFC for a long time unless he Houston Alexanders himself.
BuckWild- September 14, 2009 at 9:23 am
He shouldn't have talked about Bas that way. But.. he said he is fighting in the Finale ! So what does that mean..? Did he make it far then ?
J-Dog- September 14, 2009 at 9:19 am
I think Kimbo and El Guapo should fight. I'd pick Bas.
knucklesamitch- September 14, 2009 at 9:18 am
I can't wait to see how this season will work if they're not eliminating anyone. Did Kimbo give anything away by saying he's figting in Dec.?
El Famous Burrito- September 14, 2009 at 9:16 am
I guess Phil Baroni's wife isn't getting that break after all.
imakeutap- September 14, 2009 at 9:16 am
If we are gonna have a black man for president it may as well be kimbo!!