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Kimbo Slice Reminds ‘PTI’ That He is Street Certified

Kimbo Slice appeared on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” recently to discuss his October 4 bout with Ken Shamrock on CBS. What followed was Tony Kornheiser dragging himself through an interview he clearly didn’t want to do, and Kimbo alternating between statements that are clearly false and those that are merely very questionable.

On complaints from hardcore fans who criticize him for being “unproven”:

“[Expletive] it. That means they need to step up to the plate, we fight, so I can be proven, like I am street certified.”

On whether his credibility was damaged when he struggled to defeat James Thompson:

“To a lot of people James Thompson was elite. He fought in Pancrase over in Japan. …James is a well-rounded fighter, man. He has a good chin. [ed. note: really?]

On whether he deserves his celebrity status:

“I never consider myself a celebrity. Celebrities don’t go to K-Mart. Celebrities don’t eat at McDonald’s. Celebrities don’t go to Wal-Mart. I don’t consider myself a celebrity. I’m just a little squirrel in this big world and I’m still trying to get my nut.”

‘Nuff said.

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BLOKADE- October 5, 2008 at 11:24 pm
ANYBODY CAN GET A LUCKY PUNCH WHEN THEY'RE SCARED AND THROWING JABS ALL OVER THE PLACE WHEN BACKING UP TO THE GATE ,THAT'S ALL THE NO NAME PINK HAIR GUY DID AGAINST KIMBO SLICE AND HE GOT LUCKY. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, JUST BECAUSE KIMBO GOT A FAST START IN HIS CAREER BUY USING YOU TUBE WHICH WAS VERY SMART OF HIM, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOT SHOWING HIM THE LOVE OR RESPECT HE DESERVES. WHEN HE RECEIVES AND GETS A REMATCH WITH PINK HAIR DUDE AND DEFEATS HIM, WHAT WILL YOU SAY THEN? KIMBO'S CAREER HAS NOT YET ENDED IT HAS JUST BEGAN. THIS LOST WILL ONLY MAKE HIM STRONGER. I LIKE KIMBO , HE NEEDED TO LOSE ONE FIGHT TO MAKE HIM UNDERSTAND DEFEAT AND NEVER TAKE A GAMBLE, BECAUSE HE IS THE UNDER DOG NO MATTER IF HE BEATS 100 FIGHTERS AND THE BEST OF THE BEST THEY WILL ONLY VIEW HIM AS THE YOU TUBE FIGHTER. IN MY EYES KIMBO YOU ARE THE PEOPLE'S FIGHTER!!!
Snowpants Dynomite- September 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm
Yeah, James Thompson has a good chin, ....if you think glass is good
gvd- September 26, 2008 at 4:04 am
Wow kimbo.. He's a joke. The fact he implies he still eats at mc donalds says how much of an athlete he is. If you were using your body for your career I wouldn't recommend pumping mc-d's into your system.
Dyph- September 26, 2008 at 1:08 am
I hate to say it, but I have had enough of this toolbox. Toward the beginning of his actual mma career I fell on the the band wagon as did many others, but give me a fucking break, get out of the limelight until you actually fight someone of consequence. For that matter win, not like like Thompson beat Kimbo's ass or anything....right?

Last I checked Shamrock is still a pioneer of this sport, that doesn't in fact mean that he doesn't lose consciousness while shaving though. And what about the 'legend' phrase? Who was the legend? Abbot? Sorry but even in his prime Abbot should have been an undercard on Bumfights.

As long as CBS keeps tossing this guy fodder I will continue to dislike him, unless he happens to lose to set fodder and is actually awarded a loss.
Elite One- September 26, 2008 at 12:56 am
Kimbo is a beast and will crush Ken Shamrock
FilmDrunk- September 25, 2008 at 10:22 pm
"I hope I get that name right,"? Ken Shamrock? Dear Tony: If you can't get that name right you're fucking illiterate. You also don't need to try so hard to prove you don't approve of MMA. Cocksucker.
MKXii- September 25, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Evan rocked the beard.
Mike Fed- September 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm
haha awesome blog but

James thompson is known for getting KOd hard as crap right?

but dude
think about it


before he takes the KO punch he can take some SHOTS

aleksander owned him yeah, but that fujita fight was very respectable, i loved it
Mr.WhiteFolks- September 25, 2008 at 7:26 pm
Shot out to Mayham420 for at least giving an reasonable reason why he is pulling for Shamrock. The rest of this shit is just petty smalltime complaints. The fight game doesn't love no body. MR. Slice is just trying to make his way.
Love' em of hate 'em to fight and see some lime light in this game by default makes you a superstar in my eyes.

All you Comic book guy fan boys should go JO to highlight reels!!!!
KG- September 25, 2008 at 7:06 pm
Question to Kimbo™: Who thinks James Thompson is elite? My guess, is no one. Then again, maybe Kimbo™ thinks Sean Gannon is an elite fighter also.

What is with the black fighters needing everyone to notice them? I get it Rampage. Your mug is plastered on the side of your truck so everyone will know its you. I get it Kimbo™... your Kimbo™ Slice®, thanks for wearing your stupid ass name on your t-shirt so I know who you are when I am buying underwear and car washing products at my local Wal-Mart.

I am looking forward to the "Shambo" fight on EliteXC® starring Kimbo™ Slice® and Pals. What a great brand you have there! Cant wait to see the backpacks, made for TV movie, lunch pals, and action figures!
Shark- September 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm
James Thompson ELITE?????????? just because he fought in pancrase??? alot of people have fought in pancrase that doesn't make them elite. Kimbo needs to stop fighting bottom feeders & washed up legends. Do what Brock Lesnar did... FIGHT THE BEST!!!!!!
Sodak- September 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm
i love how the comments turned into an argument over who eats mcdonalds, they got salads and shit now its healthy haha, anyway james "glass jaw" Thompson is a pretty big dude not an easy opponent for like your third fight, kimbo should knock out ken and then hopefully fight rogers next, a fight i actually wanna see.
jcast- September 25, 2008 at 5:33 pm
Aptninja that was a classic wow lol
Hebrew Hammerfist- September 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm
You know, its a shame that Tony asks him completely dumb questions for more than 50% of the interview. If he really wants to know about the sport, maybe ask some questions that are relevant, not about McDonalds and hitting David Blaine in the face.

Even if you don't like Kimbo, he did a good job with the crappy interview they threw at him.
Craig- September 25, 2008 at 4:35 pm
Do you guys really think pro athletes eat at mcdonalds all time? ... Don't you think they might be getting paid to say that and go to one once in awhile? i mean seriously, use your damn brain people!
mayhem420- September 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Now I am not a Kimbo fan in the least, but I respect the fact that he is at least trying to be a legit fighter and he is working hard. He's also well spoken most of the time and does not come off as bad as half those retards on TUF do. Look at War Machine or the dog -criminal guy from this year.
Its not his fault the way he has been marketed, that would be his promter and managment team. Every time I hear the guy talk about MMA its always about he is trying to get better and how he knows he's bottom of the pile right now.
Love him or hate him at least he is giving an effort. I cant on hate a guy for going out and trying to get better. I can hate the people around him though (managers, Shaw)
Still pulling for Ken to sub him on the 4th though.... which is due to me just being old school and having a hard time letting go of my youth!
Schnauzer Choke- September 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm
@ Aptninja

Actually, professional athletes do eat at McDonald's. Chad Johnson ring a bell? Dude slams Miccy D's on a daily basis.
Blackleg- September 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm
Tony has all but said that he just doesn't 'get it' when it comes to MMA. Wilbon is a different story I think he's said he's at least tried to follow it a bit and 'Tard there seems to at least have an appreciation for it as a sport (or maybe he's just a better sycophant).

I think Kimbo is still a little embarrassed that he wasn't able to just take Glass Joe's head off. God knows just about everyone else has been able to.

Aye love him or hate him ya gotta admit he gives a better interview than most would.

How the fuck does Tony 'hope' he's not mispronouncing fucking 'Shamrock'? FFS it's not like it was Kryzt.. Krzy.. the IFL guy on the TUF series.
Craig- September 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm
STILL LAUGING MY ARSE OFF A KIMBO SAYING JAMES THE STIFF THOMPSON HAS A TOUGH CHIN, LMFAOOOOOOO.

he said other people have james as top ranked fighter?? who? Jared shaw? LOLOLOL.


Street certified lol... ask Sean Gannon about that!
Clay Guida's Overweight Brother- September 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Ken is so fucked....
walrus- September 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm
@ Brad

answers the questions correctly? He said James Thompson has a good chin -- if anyone doesn't have a good chin, it's him.

@Aptninja

that was hilarious
@ Brad- September 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm
GSP might go after a fight, but Kimbo clearly left the impression that he is a regular there. That is what Aptninja was saying and I think it was a good point! (And hilarious!) Maybe he wouldn't gas the fuck out in the second round, if he didn't!
Ben- September 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm
I like how Kimbo talks about being a regular guy and not being a celebrity while wearing a 'Kimbo Slice' t-shirt. Because everyone I see at Wal-Mart walks around wearing a designer t-shirt with their name all over it.
@ Aptninja- September 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm
LMFAO... That's great!
Brad- September 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm
As much as it is fun to hate on Kimbo, you have to give it to the guy...he answers the questions correctly and does not think he is bigger than he is. He understands his place in the sport and that says a lot considering his upcoming opponent who is a pioneer still buys into his own hype.

Oh and to Aptninja:
GSP said that after his fights he goes to McD's. So maybe you need to educate yourself and then you won't come off as an idiot.

With all that said, I am not a Kimbo fan, but I will follow his development because I think he does have potential and I think it is interesting to watch him grow and see what he is actually working on since he obviously does not have the same tools or pedigree that someone like Lesnar has and we don't often get to see someone come to the big stage that is as green as these two are.
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