(It takes so little to inflate a boxer’s ego these days.)
When Ray Mercer knocked Tim Sylvia the hell out back in June we thought it was just good, harmless fun. Well, not harmless to Sylvia or his already-declining career, but harmless for MMA in general. After all, when has seeing Big Timmy get flattened not made for quality entertainment? But it seems like the conquest might have gone to Mercer’s head, because now he thinks the entire MMA world is ducking him. What’s worse, he’s making certain assumptions about the character of the entire sport and its fighters based on his experience with Sylvia, which is a little like saying that all children are retards just because the kid who lives upstairs from you has Down syndrome. Just check out what the 48-year-old Mercer had to say to EastSideBoxing.com:
J.S: So have you anything else in the pipeline – either in boxing or in MMA? People are still talking about the way you iced Tim Sylvia in what was it, nine seconds?
R.M: (laughs) Yeah, I’m willing to take anything that’s offered to me, you know. But those MMA guys, they don’t seem to want to fight me. I don’t get it. I thought they had heart, and yet they won’t fight me and I’m nearly 50-years old, man!
J.S: Your 9-second win sure got a lot of hits on You-Tube, and the fight sparked a debate among fans of boxing and MMA. Boxing fans said, "I told you so. No way an MMA guy beats a boxer!"
R.M: Yeah, and I fought him [Sylvia] his way, with his rules.
J.S: Yes, but you never gave him a chance to get his thing going, you slammed him with that right hand to the head so quick!
R.M: That’s right. I definitely don’t think those guys should be messing around with boxers. We’ll KO them because they don’t have the heart we do. It kills me how none of those guys want to fight me now. They say they have heart in that sport, but I don’t know. They don’t wanna do it, with those four ounce gloves on. I thought they were tough. I was supposed to fight a guy after Tim Sylvia, but he turned it down. I’m really surprised none of those guys will take a fight with me, I really am.
You gotta be kidding us, Ray. Maybe Mercer has conveniently forgotten this fact, but before he knocked out Sylvia he fought an MMA “exhibition” and got submitted. By Kimbo Slice. Who was making his MMA debut. And don’t even get us started on his K-1 career. When he went out there and starched Sylvia with one overhand right, the reaction from the MMA community was not, ‘What a bad dude that Mercer is.’ They thought, ‘What a sad dude that Sylvia is.’
In order to shut him up, we really need an MMA fighter to take this fight just on principle. Only a severe ass-kicking will do. The money probably won’t be great, so it can’t be somebody who has a lot of better options, and Mercer clearly needs to learn just how much he doesn’t know about what’s involved in MMA, so it should preferably be a ground specialist. Maybe even one with anti-establishment views and mounting legal bills. I think you see where I’m going with this…
Somebody get Jeff Monson on the phone.