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“Rogers, You a Hater!”: The EliteXC Press Conference Melee

Hey all; just got back from Newark, and boy is my t-shirt sweaty. Lots to talk about, of course, but I first wanted to share this highlight from the post-event press conference. As the fighters trickled in one-by-one, each was given some time to address the press before questions were directed at the group. Brett Rogers used his mic time to savage Kimbo Slice‘s performance. “I’m a real heavyweight,” he said, “and that was some garbage-ass shit.” Regarding James Thompson, Rogers said “I didn’t know you could win three times in the same night and still lose.”

When Kimbo finally arrived, entourage in tow, Rogers was prompted to get back on the mic and repeat what he said while Kimbo was within earshot. No punk, Rogers complied. The above video — taken with my garbage-ass Canon PowerShot — is what happened next. Not sure how much of this is manufactured hype, or a calculated attention-grab by Rogers, but we think Kimbo just found his next opponent.

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Emmie- July 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm
Warcraft- June 2, 2008 at 3:16 am
Damn those WEC fights were EPIC!
A real battle unlike this rigged circus show that happened on CBS.
Take you fireworks and your Bumfight all-star back to youtube already.
Kimbo won't even battle Rogers "The Hater" he'll probly get KO'd like Rogers did to Thompson. Unlike Kimbos weak sauce.
daniel- June 1, 2008 at 6:36 pm
You sissies should hop into the ring with kimbo if you think you are so bad. You can tell from the internet sites that kimbo isnt afraid of a little street fight so why dont you give him a call and set it up if you think you are so fing dangerous
TIMDOGG- June 1, 2008 at 12:52 pm
Rob Enderle- June 1, 2008 at 5:55 am
@Alex, best GSP impression EVER.

I hate that douche aerobics queen Dana White but when he brought in his freak show Lesnar, he did it right. A little publicity, nothing overboard and hes not the second coming of Helio. Lesnar scared the crap out of Mir and showed that 4 times all amercain in wrestling doesnt get lost overnight. On top of that his next fight is the Heathster.

But Brett Rodgers has to fucking get into a gym. His stomach looks he had 5 kids and when he bounces, his titties jiggle. Seriously, its mesmerizing. Worst body this side of Ricco Rodriguez or Tim Sylvia.

..and change his name to something blacker and scarrier.
Brett is the name of a lisping hairdresser.
Damian- May 31, 2008 at 10:41 pm
This whole night was a big step backward for MMA. Not only did they hype a "brawler" but his fight sucked. Atleast Dana is trying to show the world that there is and art and a science behind it, people train for years and all the other blah blah blah crap he always spouts out in interviews. Gary Shaw on the other hand just brought it back to the days of tank abbot. Why would any casual viewer want to watch it again, To them it was probably boring and the best fight of the night ended too soon. If Lawler and Smith went the full 5 people would have had a new respect for it.
Mr.Whitefolks- May 31, 2008 at 8:37 pm
First off I am a Big Slice Fan, and Kimbo did lose that fight. He Knows it Thompson knows the viewing public knows it. It was silly to place that fight as the Main Event. and it was even sillier for Harden MMA Fans to assume that KS's ground skills to be little more than basic.
I would have to also say that MMA, It long time fanboys and established pro's are not owed a f*cking thing when it comes to Money and lime light. You want props go volunteer at a soup kitchen. Kimbo Slice is in the Kimbo Slice Bidness,
Don't worry he will get a real loss and everyone will have a gleaming example that he is beatable by KO or Sub.
Me- May 31, 2008 at 8:30 pm
All in all I think the whole night was a bust and a bad mark for MMA.
Sadly, I think Dana White wins this round.

The first two fights ended waaaaay too quickly for how many commercials they had running. I almost went to bed myself, so I'm sure the casual fans and newcomers had tuned out by the time the ladies were up.

I must say the ladies had a good fight but that was a bunch of crap too really because GC couldnt even make weight for a class made just for her. VERY disrespectful. I still like her though, good fight.

Then the last two were stopped early by everyones account. The Lawler/Smith fight was definitley fight of the night till that debacle with the dumbass doctor. You are asking a fighter to think clearly about how and what he says while hyped up on adrenaline and in the fight of his life? "He said he couldnt see, twice" and? he also said give me the allotted 5 mins.

Then the whole Busta and dancing girls and really terrible presentation just put a sour taste in my mouth. Bye-bye mainstream MMA, again. (I really hope not)

(also I think I posted this already not sure tho)
Aryan- May 31, 2008 at 7:45 pm
kimbos a big bitch
Alex- May 31, 2008 at 7:03 pm
'Ello, I am Georges Saint-Pierre, et je 'ave to say - I was not eempressed vis your performance...
Zombie Rock- May 31, 2008 at 6:48 pm
"I was gonna go for that big ear." HA HA HA.

Seriously, what kind of fucking guy? LOL "I though to myself, 'Man, what a target.'"

Kimbo lost but damn he's entertaining. WAR Kimbo.
Bootylam!- May 31, 2008 at 6:34 pm
"Insult to real mmartists" Awesomely true! Bigfoot, Rogers, that fat badass from IFL, would destroy, if not seriously hurt, Kimbo's no air having ass.
fightfan- May 31, 2008 at 6:24 pm
Props to Rogers for NOT being an EliteXC puppet and praising the Almighty Slice. Kimbo's a joke, that fight was a joke. Collapsing after a 2 round a few seconds into a thrid and barely being able to talk, looking like he ws ready to die. That was not even a punishing fight. Blah, blah, blah things to learn, getting better.....Dude got to A LEAST come to a fight in shape.

6 figure pay days and main event status.... that is such an insult to real mmartists that spent years and years in the game. But a clown like side show, street fighting thug........sickening

Kimbo brings liek 15 people with him to press conferences??? Didnt check his corner but was his whole gang ringside to"have his back" if need be. Pothetic
Wayne Gretzky- May 31, 2008 at 4:59 pm
>you dumb @#!$ better wake up and realize that Bas F’n Rutten didn’t go ape shit ther

Right, because no one wants to get open hand slapped by Bas when he wears his red kneehigh fuck me boots.

Can someone do a translation for those who speak ingles?
mma pro- May 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm
woot rogers just telling it like it is, someone needed to say it. rogers will smash kimbo
Kg- May 31, 2008 at 4:44 pm
I dont know about the other camp trainers or if Busta Ryhmes would have jump in or even Big Black from Rob & Big would help. But you dumb @#!$ better wake up and realize that Bas F'n Rutten didn't go ape shit there.LOL
Warcraft- May 31, 2008 at 4:43 pm
I doubt any of that was faked.
Kimbos corner was all flipping out calling him a hater LMAO.
He wasn't hating he was saying you tapped like anyone and everyone who at least half watched that fight. It was a sad sad circus with kimbo the main attraction.
your mom- May 31, 2008 at 4:07 pm
seemed like the ref was looking for any reason to stop it in kimbo's favor. Lame
MKXii- May 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Something tells me that they'll get their chance in the cage and that I shouldn't worry about it.
Okwrassler- May 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Wow, Kimbo's entourage of extremely large men and big Bas vs. the Big Black security team, who wins that?
Blackleg- May 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm
lol Classy as ever.

Dunno if they had a different can lined up for Kimbo yet - Rodgers wouldn't be a bad choice since they are baby-stepping Kimbo's opponents. Seemed a fairly legit ruckus to me.
Mondooh 3:17- May 31, 2008 at 3:09 pm
Get' Em Ferg..

Ha that would be a good brawl. Ha notice I said "BRAWL" not much MMA in those two, the shits prob staged tho for hype
jeff- May 31, 2008 at 2:51 pm
You were that close to Bas Rutten?

norremo- May 31, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Who the F cares about these bums???

Can we please on an talk about the WEC card now? That will be some REAL MMA, not that joke of a show that I saw yesterday.

F Kimbo/Shaw