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Quote of the Day: Dana on Kimbo

(Phil Baroni works to take down Kimbo Slice at Xtreme Couture.)

Dana White on a match between Kimbo Slice and Chuck Liddell:

“If he [Kimbo] fought anybody that mattered, I would book that tomorrow…The fact is, Kimbo’s not there yet. He would get destroyed. I heard he just got knocked out by Forrest Griffin last week in a sparring match after a kick to the head…I’d take him [Kimbo] absolutely seriously — but, again, he hasn’t beat anybody. In this sport, it’s all about ‘Who have you beat right now?” And he hasn’t beat anbody.” — Deadspin via FiveOunces

Quite a tune-change for White, who was previously dismissive of Kimbo’s potential. But with the Iceman’s last fight only 2-4 years away, the UFC prez may already be looking ahead to a final glorious cash-in for the Octagon’s most loyal star. If things continue to go well for Kimbo, he’ll have earned his respect among MMA purists by the time Liddell is ready to retire. Could Slice vs. Liddell headline UFC 127: The Clone Wars on New Year’s Eve 2011? We’ll go ahead and clear our schedule…

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Mr.Broheim- May 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Yo Mr. Whitefolk....Kimbo got his ass a beat down by a white guy. And Yes Gannon's face did take a beaten but Kimbo was the bitch on his back!!!!
JBoy- May 18, 2008 at 10:23 am
I guess none of you saw the fight Kimbo had with an LAPD police officer. It's on YOUTUBE. Needless to say he got his ass kicked. It was almost a 30 min fight. But in the end he got beat the fuck down. He would of been choked out in the first 5 min but his boys got there pantys in a bunch an interupted the fight saying choking is not fair. That said I do believe they choke people out in the UFC...
ksgbobo- April 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm
PoMpEy HarDnUT is right, Dana has his panties all in a wad because he didnt jump at signing Kimbo Slice who is making EliteXC huge, plus the other fighters they have. Dana has no room to talk about who Kimbo has fought when he freaking signs a wrestler with no MMA experience or fighting in general outside of wrestling and the WWE. Dana knew he screwed this opportunity up and is just trying to cover his ass to not look like a retard.
Kimbo does have alot of potential, but I would love to see him fight somebody credible. That whole getting knocked out by Forrest is awesome, read that he got up and left and didnt go back. lol...
PoMpEy HarDnUT- April 14, 2008 at 9:48 am
Dana is a money grabbing arsehole, I bet he wishes he signed kimbo up but he makes all this noise about mma going mainstream and being bigger than boxing but all the best fighters are leaving the ufc to get the fights they want because Dana has em tied to crappy contracts that pay fuck all,

It about time Dana paid the fighters a little respect and paid them properly, im fed up of seeing the tuf contestants who arn't good keep being brought back in to have fights because they have a "five fight deal" fuck em and Baldy!
The Truth- April 14, 2008 at 2:55 am
This from the guy who signed and hyped Brock Lesnar to the MMA world.
No1Dad- April 14, 2008 at 1:06 am
"UFC 127: The Clone Wars"

face face- April 14, 2008 at 12:37 am
you guys are idiots... the fact is kimbo hasnt fought anyone good... his last fight was against someone who lost the last 9 out of 10 fights and whe know what his record is like now... maybe kimbo has potential but right now, but he hasn't proven anything. once he starts winning against some real names only then can he get some respect.
I'd say- April 14, 2008 at 12:04 am
Kimbo obviously isn't ready to take on the world right now, but I think he has the potential to make the top 10.. and maybe DW is scared of that
Mr. Whitefolk- April 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm
I would have to agree, If just a Bunch of Tuff Talk on Dana Whites part. What the f*ck does he know if he is refferencing the Gannon Fight as a measuring stick to Slices ability.
Slice punched him self out and Gannons' face looked like ground beef by the end. the only MFer who bring that fight up are usaully hating douche bags.
BIG CHRIS- April 13, 2008 at 9:38 pm
Dana see's dollar signs not potential....he see's all the hype he has generated, I garauntee you that he would sign kimbo in a hot second if he wasn't under contract...not because he see's talent, but because he see's money....he would be another low paid fighter making Dana white millions and getting broke down to do it....Kimbo is doing fine without even considering the UFC as an option....