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Rogers Gets an Opponent, Kimbo to Flee MMA for Boxing

A little over a year ago an improbable but potentially beautiful rivalry was born when Brett Rogers stepped up to the podium at an EliteXC post-fight press conference to inform Kimbo Slice that his performance against James Thompson was “garbage.”  This led to the infamous, ‘Rogers, you a hater!’ melee, and left most of us assuming that EliteXC would match these two big men up against one another they first chance they got in order to capitalize on the heat.

But what we failed to take into account was that EliteXC was run by morons, so that fight didn’t happen.  Now Rogers is getting back into action on April 11, and FiveOuncesofPain reports that his opponent will be Ron Humphries (5-0) who supposedly fought on that “Iron Ring” show on BET that I didn’t watch beyond the first episode.

So all right, not exactly a marquee matchup, but maybe they plan to build Rogers and Kimbo back up again and then throw them in the mix together later on, right?  Maybe, but Kimbo seems to have other ideas.

The bearded one recently told The Nassau Guardian (which sounds like a tropical drink, but is apparently a newspaper in the Bahamas) that he plans to fulfill the two fights left on his contract and then transition into a sport where he doesn’t have to worry about all that grappling and kicking nonsense:

"Boxing is really my first desire. I have a lot of love for it and believe I can do pretty well. [The sport of] MMA is somewhat of a project for me. Boxing is one dimensional while there are a lot of dimensions in MMA. I don’t think it would be a hard transition from MMA to stand-up boxing because of my fighting style. …When you consider martial arts training, you have to prepare for kicks to the head and legs, and opponents wanting to grapple and throwing you to the ground, pounding you with their knees and hands, whereas in boxing you just have to be prepared to weave and bob although the training can be just as intense. At this point in my career, I want to take that same drive and focus that I invested in MMA and put that into training for pro-boxing cards."

Kimbo claims he has “two more MMA fights scheduled before this year is out,” which is not at all the story that Strikeforce is telling.  Then again, maybe that’s just wishful thinking for Ferg, who wants to hurry up and get this MMA stuff over with so he can get his box on.  After all, how hard could pro boxing be?  It’s just dudes throwing wild haymakers at one another in a salvage yard, right?  Guys?  Right?

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fuck you honkey- April 3, 2009 at 7:56 am
fuck that bitch ass white boy cin dont know shit about mma faget...the only reason youre talking shit is because you use to get punked for youre lunch money in high school by latinos...and the brothers use to make you grab youre ankles in county..mother fucker...
Bootylam!- March 23, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Pay attention guys. Practice/training is not the same as fighting. Boxers don't get to lay on the floor resting ( Don't lie, we've all seen mma guys do it), they don't get to go for a desperation takedown when they are rocked or tired, they don't get to lay on their back when a guy is deciding to let them up or not, they don't get to hug each other and just lean on the cage (though some try), and most of their cardio training is out of the ring. Also, boxers fight for MUCH longer in one fight. Boxers also usually fight more frequently. I'd give a slight cardio edge to boxers.
Beyond Sedated- March 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Kimbo should of fought for the iron ring or maybe goto japan and battle butterbean and bob sapp! He cannot box and will never be an elite mma fighter. I liked him much better when I didn't know his name and he was just 1 of the ''2 black guys fighting'' on youtube.
curious cat- March 18, 2009 at 6:45 am
Is there any where you can find Bas talking about Kimbo recently. I know there was some stuff when they first got together, but what does El Guapo have to say now?
iamdaghost- March 18, 2009 at 2:48 am
So Kimbo wants to royally fail at another sport. After some Petrizelliesqe boxer exposes his bad boxing, i'm predicting Kimbo tries golf. Watch out Tiger Kimbo's coming.
MMA Wannabe- March 17, 2009 at 4:19 pm
I dunno about the whole boxing vs mma's stamina needs but I personally have alot easier time with the cardio during boxing drills than I do with grappling.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm
we'll get our chance in the cage well get our chance in the cage lmao

rogers would have put him out its true rogers put thompson to sleep and it took kimbo 3 sloppy rounds to get a stoppage which if it wasnt stopped i could of seen kimbo losing
MKO- March 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm
In boxing you have to watch out for more off balanced arm jabs, stick to MMA.
Daddy Doug- March 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Kimbo is trying to leave the embarrassment of falling to back up his mouth behind him. kind of like pee wee Herman when he failed to be discreet and was caught jerkin the gherkin.
The Mask's Ghost- March 17, 2009 at 2:52 pm
Didnt Kimbo get out-boxed by a fairy with pink hair? Now he thinks he can box professionally?

Is there something we dont know? Seth Petrozelli is the gatekeeper for professional boxers? I bet money Seth knocked out KJ Noons and Arlovski st some point.. there has to be a pattern here...?
cin- March 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm
No this is Brett Rogers a amn who can fight... not Roger Huerta some little spic who is in the closet about being gay, puts on more vasoline then GSP, and is ESPN dream image of a mma fighter, to bad he could'nt hold a true mma fighters jock.

He should retire and open a taco truck with his life partner Felix.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm
i train mma, both boxing and grappling and i believe if you snap your punches and put some ass behind them that boxing requires more stamina. it also depends on how agressive you are and how much you throw. i can grapple full force with someone better than me or back and forth for 10 mins with no prob but if im in an intense sparring session for 5 mins i start wearing down. boxers do get a break every 3 mins tho and can just clinch if they get tired.
G-Swizz- March 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm
butterbean vs kimbo!!
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm
He'll get his fair share of tomato cans and paydays, though he won't make as much per boxing match as stupid EliteXC was paying him.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm
well then skidding either you just walk through everyone you grapple with (get some new partners who will give you a harder fight) or you fail miserably at grappling and just get tossed around because i am a grappler and a 5 minute round of grappling for me can wear me out way more than a 5 minute round of mitts or bag practice
Mantooth- March 17, 2009 at 11:49 am
True, that is a toss-up about stamina. Boxing can require as much if not more stamina as's relative to the specific match I guess.
LoneWolf- March 17, 2009 at 11:05 am
Iron Ring = Garbage
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 11:01 am
Well in boxing if you are not calm when your moving around throwing out jabs etc, you will lose more energy. Yours fists are heavier and it can get to you. Plus you need to use much more stand-up defense/feints.
ItburnswhenIpee- March 17, 2009 at 10:57 am
Kimbo is on the right track. He just needs to take it one step farther, and return to the porn industry where all he has to do is kneel and bob.
Ample- March 17, 2009 at 10:57 am
who cares
skidding- March 17, 2009 at 10:53 am
I think dancing around and throwing punches takes a lot more stamina than clinching and grappling. But I may be biased since I'm a grappler and don't know how to throw punches correctly.

I feel like I could grapple at 75% strength for a long time, while throwing punches at 50% strength will have me gasping for air in 5 minutes.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 10:45 am
Boxing doesn't involve sprawling and grappling/wrestling/submissions....If you have ever trained mma and boxing, you would know this HUGE difference.

mma-pro- March 17, 2009 at 10:41 am
skidding you are takes more stamina, there is no clinch in boxing, there is no ground work those alone take way more energy and stamina then just dancing and throwning punches

fight of the year tim sylvia vs. kimbo slice boxing match
skidding- March 17, 2009 at 10:33 am
@Mantooth, how does MMA require more stamina than boxing?

I think that's a toss up, it could go either way.
Jay- March 17, 2009 at 10:32 am
Say what you will about Kimbo but he's not stupid. With the right marketing he can fight one fight and make 3 times what he's made in all his time in MMA. Then it can get even bigger from there. The dude is just following the money which FWIT is pretty smart considering his chance of success as a true MMA artist is limited.