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James Thompson Knew Who He Was Shoving, Thank You Very Much


(Mock his cauliflower ear if you must, but don’t insult his intelligence.)

Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission has been running around all week trying to justify the various early stoppages and strange occurrences from the Elite XC event in Newark last Saturday, but it seems like the more he talks, the more trouble he starts.

For instance, he recently claimed that James Thompson could have been fined for shoving referee Dan Miragliotta after the stoppage in his bout with Kimbo Slice, but Lembo explained that they opted not to do so because they thought “The Colossus” was so out of it that he shouldn’t be held responsible. Kind of like when you forgive your friend for getting drunk and peeing in your closet, because you know that’s just what he does and anyway it’s good ammunition to have for the eventual intervention.

But Thompson, in an interview with Five Ounces of Pain, takes umbrage with Lembo’s assessment:

Sam Caplan: After Dan Miragliotta had stopped the fight and rendered his decision, you put your hand on him. According to Nick Lembo in an interview I conducted with him on Monday, he said he spoke with Miragliotta and that he had said he felt you weren’t even sure who he was and that you didn’t know the fight had been stopped. Did you know what was going on and did you intentionally put your hands on Dan Miragliotta?

James Thompson: You see, this is what almost is the most annoying to me, is the fact that I was just so disgusted and that I was so in shock by it. In disgust, I kind of shoved him. I went to shove him away and I caught his face. Now, I did that completely knowingly and completely purposely. It’s kind of like they take pity on me. Someone said “Oh, I think he thought I was Kimbo.” It’s even more insulting. Don’t get me wrong, I was rocked. But I was completely coherent. I saw him stop it; I followed his hands; I looked right back (and) I said to him, “What are you doing?” For him to say that he thought I thought he was Kimbo is absolutely ridiculous. I’d rather just get fined if that’s the case. For him to say I thought he was a black man with a beard… it’s insulting, basically.

I have to say, Thompson has a point. You’d have to be pretty dazed to confuse Big Dan for Kimbo Slice. If the referee had been Mr. T (insert ‘pity the fool’ joke here), maybe then you could make the argument. But I think Thompson knew what he was doing. Maybe he was trying to get back at Miragliotta for some of the earlier shenanigans in the fight, which Thompson also expressed his displeasure with.

Sam Caplan: During the second round, you had Kimbo on the ground and you had his arm trapped in a crucifix. By certain counts, there was anywhere between 20-22 unanswered strikes delivered on your part to Kimbo. Do you feel the fight should have been stopped?

James Thompson: Yeah. Really, when it’s all said and done, basically if a fighter is unable to answer or improve his position, then a fight gets stopped. I just feel — and this is a gut instinct — but that if I was on the bottom and the roles were reversed, then the fight would have been stopped after 10, 11. That’s just the way I feel, maybe I am wrong. I don’t know, I just get that feeling.

Not only that, but I had the referee telling me he was going to stand it up if I didn’t keep working hard. But at the time, I was elbowing. I thought, what are you talking about, I’ve got his arm pinned? I’ve got his other arm locked down and I’m elbowing him. I’m throwing elbows and you’re telling me you possibly might stand it up? You don’t know what to think when something like that’s going on.

But yeah, of course I thought the fight should have been stopped.

That’s funny, Bas Rutten thinks the same thing. Weird.

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msuwo- June 15, 2008 at 12:45 am
@who cares

I have to agree with the fenix. You know, the fenix DID say he thought the fight should have been stopped (He made a point of stating it) but my thoughts watching those strikes were identical. An elbow is an elbow, so I'm not saying Thompson was tickling Kimbo with feathers or anything, but man they were weak. It was pretty apparent there was nothing behind them. Fatigue and all I didn't see any effort to really put the fight away.
Who Cares- June 5, 2008 at 12:59 am
@The FeniX,

look man you wrote 4 paragraphs about how he just let it slip away but i would like to see you go for almost 2 rounds with kimbo in a MMA fight and see how much power are on your elbows when you finally get him down. Thompson was probably a bit gassed from the fight by then which is normal for any human being his size.

Even Bas said it should have been stopped and i think he knows a bit more about fighting then you do buddy so just step off your soap box
The Greg- June 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm
I'm pissed at all the bullshit on Sat night too, but until then, I have been (and remain) a fan of elite XC. All of the showtime cards have been pretty good, and they have been smart enough to pick up interesting ufc castoffs. I wanted Kimbo/Thompson for a while now. Not because they are great fighters, but because it would be a great matchup. Same w/ Smith/Lawler, although they are better quality fighters.

Elite XC is pretty good on Shotime, but FUCKING SUCKS on CBS, with altered for TV audience rules. NJ athletic comission has to bear some blame here also. What the fuck was up with Carano coming in heavy? 4 fucking pounds isn't even close for Heavyweights, never mind 140 pounders. So much bullshit that night.... But I am still watching on the 14th on showtime. Noons vs Yves Edwards, and a Nick Diaz fight to boot. Good stuff there, just not on CBS.
ArmChairFighter- June 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm
This is WHY EliteXC sucks and this is why me and millions of others have abandoned boxing years ago for the UFC/MMA. Shitty "decisions", fixed outcomes, champions having referee/judges on his side, not to mention ridiculous dancing girls and fireworks....UGH!!
rolltide- June 4, 2008 at 6:46 pm
Elitexc is shit. I can't wait until Kimbo gets knocked out and Gary Shaw has a massive heart attack on live tv. Then I will smile.
The Survivalist- June 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm
So, when something like this that is SO OUT OF HAND OBVIOUS and all the fans see it and the fighters and coaches see it.. does the athletic commission or some sort of governing body come in and fine the organization for being corrupt as fuck? I mean.. how does this get "fixed"... or does it..

I would NEVER pay for a EliteXC fight in my life after watching that goat show. Fuck, I would have to be bed ridden to watch another free one!

BULLSHIT.
Old, Bald and Irish- June 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm
"meadow muffins"

Mmmm...yummy!
lolwut- June 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Fuking piece of shit ref, i coulda reffed that better with my head up my ass. Does kimbo admit it was stopped early? if not hes a complete piece of shit. Kimbo should go to boxing but even there he wouldnt do great because his cardio is terrible.
BIG CHRIS- June 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm
If they were going to make excuses for you all week for something you did on purpose you could of at least made it worth it....A little push in the face was weak....you could have really went for it...maybe a prison style raping of the ref, let's see them explain that one away....
Turd Ferguson- June 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm
1st off I had to watch the fight on the internet because it went past the 2 hr mark. Less commercials douche bags.

Kimbo lost that fight and I think the next person with some talent will beat him.

Elite XC has turned MMA into a circus and they need to be stopped.
C-Bus Allstar- June 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Alex, he won't get a re-match. He came too close to taking the wind out of Gary Shaw's "KIMBO SLICE" embroidered sails. lol
poopypants- June 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Bottom line - Kimbo was winning that fight no matter what. Kimbo could've been out cold on the canvas with Thompson doing the Captain Morgan pose over him, with one knee on Kimbo's head and Gary Shaw would have been up there waving smelling salts under Kimbo's nose. This was arguably the biggest stage ever for an MMA event with an extremely recognizable face in Mr. Slice. It's a shame, but hopefully, any new fans by way of that circus will soon see the true talent that is all around the UFC, WEC, and even some in Elite. Man, I love it when a plan comes together.
TheFeniX- June 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm
Thompson should have gone in thinking Kimbo was going to get preferential treatment, even if Kimbo wasn't in actuality. I'm not saying he should know that everyone was going to work against him, but only a fool would believe that guys like Shaw wouldn't do anything short of outright illegalities to protect his investment. He should know the ref would do everything he could to keep the fight going.

Yes, The elbows were unanswered.
Yes, Kimbo had an arm trapped.
Yes, the ref should have looked to stop the fight.

Then again, Thompson wasn't putting any real power behind those elbows. Maybe he was looking to just have the ref stop the fight due to strikes and he didn't put much on them so he didn't gas out. That might work 99% of the time, but in a fight like this with so much riding on the success of Kimbo?

Name me another solid GnP fighter that wouldn't have knocked Kimbo out in that position. Hell, name me a solid STRIKER that couldn't have capitalized on that situation and ended the fight. You've got the guy at your mercy and you're throwing elbows with barely enough force to damage sheetrock? Seriously, this fight was Thompson's to lose. Maybe he just wanted to win against Kimbo, grind it out. Thompson should have been looking to cut, bruise, or demolish him. Instead he let the opportunity slip by.

Life's just not fair, so you do what you can to even the odds. No amount of bad ref judgment is going to give Kimbo the win when you've knocked him unconscious or cut his face wide open. As much as the bullshit calls pissed me off, at some point in time Thompson needs to own up to the fact that he was outclassing Kimbo and should have put his ass away. He didn't, so he can bitch all he wants, but at the end of the day, even with the odds against him in numerous areas: he had the chance to show those guys he means business, and he didn't.
mmapro- June 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm
as far as i am concerned thompson won that fight. maybe next time shaw should try slipping something in the pre fight water of kimbos next opponent.
shenanigans- June 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm
I agree with James Thompson- if it had been him on the bottom, the fight would have been stopped. total horse shit
Alex- June 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm
I am a big fan of thompson after this fight. He learned from his previous mistakes, formulated a gameplan and executed it very well. And then he got absolutely fucked by the referee. Hopefully he'll get a rematch or at least some decent money in his next fight
HB Beachbum- June 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Yeah, I heard that stupid shit Miragliotta said in the 2nd round. Complete bull shit man. Fight was rigged from the beginning. Thompson was doin all he could, KS is the one that needed talkin to. That dude was gettin rocked and the fight needed to stop then and there. And I get the same feeling as Thompson, that if it were him on the receiving end of those bows, Miragliotta woulda called it quits. Kimbo is XC's poster boy and they couldn't afford for him to lose on such a grand stage to a man that was KO'd in the 1st round by the likes of Butterbean.

I don't blame the fighters though, they're legit (yes, even Kimbo. Not in the fashion that XC is building him up, but he is a fighter with raw talent. Just needs training and time.) The production, promotion and Gary Shaw are a gigantic meadow muffin, total crap! I can't wait for the freak show to implode. ..... fuckin dancers man, the freak show of MMA is Elite XC.
Myles Kilometers- June 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm
I pity the fool who suffers a bloody ear explosion and early stoppage in the span of about a minute.
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