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No, Kimbo Didn’t Tap

Sure, it looked like he did from the TV angle, but the above gif supports the “thumbs up” argument. Take that, Brett Rogers! Still, what the hell was James Thompson doing just standing there? Thanks to reader “Vegas” for the find.

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man- June 3, 2008 at 2:46 am
its pretty damn funny to suddenly see everyone change hteir opinions and hop on another wagon. at first it was like: thompson is going to get raped because he has no chin and kimbo is a beast
MUNKY KIMBO- June 2, 2008 at 7:42 pm
kimbo is just another BAD ASS wannbe that will NOT get far as an MMA fighter.
FIgtER- June 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm
slapjaw ackrite- June 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm
Rigged or not, tired of hearing about it. Let's all just agree vaguely on "bullshit" and be done.

Maybe Shaw doesn't expect much out of Kimbo...just some exposure to get elitexc on the map with more of the public. Then when he loses he'll send him back to reality kings, and the guy who beats him will be the new hero in a david vs goliath upset.
jim- June 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm
yeah this was total rubbish. thompson won an all this fight has done is discredit elite and make kimbo look even more like the joke he is to anyone who understands the sport. end of the fights great - thompsons stood arguing with the ref givin him a slap upside his head looking totally ready to fight an a bit pissed off when the camera cuts to kimbo who had to lay down on the floor. if the fight wasn't stopped when it was kimbo woulda found himself takin another couple of minutes worth of ground n pound.
Wes- June 2, 2008 at 11:26 am
I appreciate your honesty, Jeff. It was hugely disappointing. I just hope the MMA doesn't continue to lower its standards in an attempt to go "main stream".
Sparky- June 2, 2008 at 11:11 am
I agree with Apexified. Although the fight was pretty terrible, it's still Kimbo's fourth professional fight. I'll admit, he has been hyped up too much too fast, and Jt was his first credible opponent, even though everyone was expecting a first round KO. It shows Kimbo still has a LONG way to go, especially if he wants to be taken seriously as a possible title contender, (and if he wants to change the opinions of many of the haters commenting here) and judging by his performance on Saturday, he would get destroyed in his next fight (unless he gets another can to demolish.) However, the man still has a boatload of potential, and i would safely guess that within the next 6 months at most we will see whether he is the new force in MMA, or simply a one-trick pony who will fade into obscurity, or become the next Bob Sapp.
LukeTheDuke- June 2, 2008 at 10:22 am
This fight was Thompsons... Untill the end, he took some shots and started to wobble (I mean fuck, you've all seen it) Although, I believe Kimbo was about to savagely beat the shit out of James Thompson right before it got stopped, If I were James I would've been pissed off win or lose...that was way to early.
KG- June 2, 2008 at 3:48 am
God I wish Kimbo was still homeless bathing in the ocean... because he would probably be dead by now
Anonymous- June 2, 2008 at 3:13 am
hmmm weird it doesnt look like kimbo made contact but josh looked down directly after it happened 50/50 i suppose.
fightfan- June 2, 2008 at 1:46 am
Everyone has their own opinions on the debackle that was Saturday night fights....

On a different note....Why does Kimbo get to keep his beard??? It CLEARLY states in the rules from the athletic commision taht it has to be very short and trimmed.

CP even has it in an earlier post?? So why does Kimbo get special treatment?? That is a fact because IT IS int he rules!!!
NightKnife- June 2, 2008 at 12:35 am
Who the fuck knows, that fight was obviously rigged in Kimbo's favor it's unreal. What's lame is this pissant will give the sport a bad name with his street tactics, while he continues to be overhyped by teenagers across america for being in some internet fights.

Rigged Fight, it was evident when JT pummelled Kimbo for 45 seconds in the end of the second and Kimbo did not defend, with no ref stoppage. end of fucking story cheating ass shit.
kimboisterrible- June 2, 2008 at 12:05 am
thats not what the argument was about it was when the camera angle just randomly went to the croud thats when he tapped kimbo is the worst "fighter" in history put one real fighter in there and he will get his fake gold teeth knocked right now
alan- June 1, 2008 at 11:39 pm
lol this fight was bullshit, james should have won this fight at the end of round 2 via tko, to bad the ref didnt get hurt after thompson's slap ><
Dave- June 1, 2008 at 11:28 pm
As fightfan posted earlier, THIS IS NOT THE MOMENT THAT PEOPLE WERE REFERRING TO WHEN THEY SAID KIMBO TAPPED. But thanks for posting something we all clearly saw with our own two eyes. Sheesh.
wtf- June 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm
If he didnt tap the guy, Or the map, Then its just not a tap. Noob refs.
Kaleb- June 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm
Honestly, i cannot tell what hes doing. But that ref was one-sided towards Kimbo terribly.

And i cannot tell what Kimbo is doing mostly because the backround is dark, and well lets face it, Kimbo isn't a light man.
Ruger- June 1, 2008 at 8:48 pm
Either way, that glass jaw of JT's held up pretty well against some solid shots by Kimbo. In my opinion a good sign of what his punching power might really be like when he goes up against a creditable fighter.
champ- June 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm
Put Kimbo and Lesnar in a cage and let them brawl it out and get one of these bums out of MMA
Apexified- June 1, 2008 at 7:48 pm
So he skipped the BJJ/Muay Thai route a lot of other "street fighters" and "brawlers" take when they make the transition into MMA but people seem to want to think he is the only one in the cage that has ever fought outside of it or that the only fights outside of it are the ones you see on Youtube. Just like BJ Penn and a slew of other fighters he's been in so many *Real* fights where cardio and takedown defense aren't any issue that he naturally slacks in those areas. But it is his third professional fight, no MMA fighter out there was as well rounded as you see them 20 fights in if you go back and watch their third fight - no one. If he made his way up like everyone else and no one knew his name until he had sloppily won even just the majority of 20 fights he would be a legitimate contender for a title shot/primetime/etc.
Ken- June 1, 2008 at 7:32 pm
The cameras cut to the long view because Kimbo was holding Thompson's shorts, and right at that moment, it looked like they were about to come down. Tappin out is for bitches btw
C-Bus Allstar- June 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm
THAT was what had everyone thinking he tapped? Since when did the majority viewing contingent for EXC lose the ability to see? Oh and I think you need to update the poll. Something to the tune of best fight of the entire weekend? Pulver vs Faber SHOULD obviously win that, but who knows, with the characters that show up around this site I wouldn't be surprised if "Kimbo vs. Thompson" won. Wait.. CP wouldn't be stupid enough to even LIST the Kimbo fight on such a poll.. Would they?
fightfan- June 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm
I know that Kimbo is CP's boy. OK, he didnt tap at that point...BUT what about the point where JT drags Kimbo down by his neck and THE CAMERA CHANGES TO ONE FROM A MILE AWAY??????? It is 10 - 15 seconds after this point.

Why didnt they show that???Why cover up a possible submission and show a camera from a mile away???

OK , What about the 1-2 minutes when JT had Kimbo 's arms trapped and 50 or so elbows in the head, WHILE NOT KIMBO IS NOT DEFENDING.....ANy other fighter would of been out.

What about the stand up when JT has Kimbo in side control, trying get the crucifix again???? YOU NEVER STAND UP WHEN SOMEONE HAS SUCH AN ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION

Like Rogers said in post presser..." I didnt know someone could lose 3 times in a fight and still win

This fight made the Bisping/Hammil fight look fair. I never seen such a fight where an opponent was favored so much. JT ear is bleeding and is rocked and the fight is ended??? But not when Kimbo is trapped by boths arms eating elbows for almost 2 minutes.

SAD, SAD, SAD......So glad that the WEC made up for it on SUNDAY
schnetz- June 1, 2008 at 7:24 pm
true, he did give a "thumbs up" signal at the 2:47 mark...but back it up to around 3:00 and I could of sworn I saw Kimbo make a motion with his hand that looks like a tap out. can anyone make a gif of that point in the fight?
Self Defense Techniques- June 1, 2008 at 7:14 pm
Kimbo didn't give a great performance that night but he was definitely giving a thumbs up. He gave a thumbs up again while he was in the crucifix and getting tapped in the head by Thompson.

Secondly, can anyone take Rodgers serious. The guy sounds like he has extra chromosomes.