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Roy Nelson Explains His Babe Ruth Reference, Says Kimbo Got Special Treatment

Okay, so maybe our close reading of Roy Nelson’s cryptic Twitter update got a little carried away and missed the more obvious implication of “Big Country’s” Babe Ruth reference before last night’s fight with Kimbo Slice on “The Ultimate Fighter.”  While our interpretation is still more fun, Nelson’s makes more sense, especially when he explains it thusly:

My plan was, I was going to stand with him as long as I could. Because I wasn’t really going to shoot on him, just because that’s what he was expecting. And then if he came in flurrying, I was just going to bodylock him, take him down and crucifix him.  You know how Babe Ruth used to point to the fence and say, "I’m going to hit this home run"? I did exactly what I wanted: take no hits, get it to the ground and just win.

Whether the Bambino ever actually did that is still unclear, but no one can say Nelson didn’t do exactly what he set out to.  He also says that while Dana White may have felt the pummeling wasn’t too severe, Kimbo Slice looked “like the Elephant Man” afterwards, due to all the knots on his head. 

Nelson seems keenly aware that he took away a big moneymaker from the UFC and Spike TV by eliminating Kimbo (at least for the moment) from the competition.  But hey, he advanced in the tournament and didn’t risk an injury that might prevent him from winning the whole thing.  That’s not fighting hard, that’s fighting smart. 

It sure seems like the UFC is looking for any opportunity to get Kimbo back into the tournament (just check out this sneak peek into next week’s episode, for example) but according to Nelson, that’s not the only way Kimbo received preferential treatment:

How surprised were you that the fight wasn’t stopped in the first round before the bell?

I was surprised. You could even see me yelling at Herb Dean, "Come on, ref."

But the thing is, there’s a lot of people; there’s a lot of money. Kimbo’s the only one that I know that had an entourage there; he actually had his family there, his management, while the rest of us kind of had to suffer. The UFC made, we’ll say, different concessions for Kimbo. I think he had a media room.  Kimbo’s definitely, I guess we’ll say, special. I don’t see the specialness fighting-wise, but more for TV-wise. He puts butts in the seats.

His family?  An entourage?  Hold up, what’s all this stuff about soul-searching alone in the house, away from everything?  Don’t tell me the whole ‘innerme’ revelation was fake.  That’s as bad as telling me that Arlovski was saying ‘beep, beep, beep.’  Even if it’s true, I don’t want to know.

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oc in this bitch- October 2, 2009 at 12:55 am
of course he got special treatment and still is. dana white the greediest dumbest tool ever.he saw a money train comin and want to be the conductor.but the big caboose put the train off the tracks.what a great thing too watch dana loose millions on someone he called the biggest joke ever,just like he says fedor isnt the baddest just because he doesnt control him.he should probably keep his fat shit eatin mouth shut cause he always look so retarded.and if i was kimbo id knock his ass out for sayin he wasnt getting hit hard,pretty much saying kimbos a bitch.
lilgary- October 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Two weeks, two shitty fights. Wow.
NateGetsIrate- October 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm
@ Whip Up Ass:

"Fixed" and "Kinbo wasn't dead tired and there was no excuse that a guy with his power couldn't have freed one or both of his arms."

You really said that, didn't you? I hope you're joking cuz you clearly don't know shit about shit.
SofaKingNyce- October 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Kimbo needs to lose 30 pounds and start fighting in Light-Heavy.
MediumRare- October 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm
WayneBullet, did you really hold the integrity of this reality show to high standards?

I love Reality TV. Other than the first and current Ultimate Fighter series, I've never watched it. But I love it. I love it because it represents reality perfectly. The shows are more staged than people want to believe and less meaningful than they wish they could be. It is a perfect reflection of the deluded fantasy that is most peoples' superficial lives.

Wow, I'm glad I got that off my chest. It makes me feel so much better to pretend that only OTHER people lead empty, purposeless lives.

"The secret to happiness is low expectations."
Whip_your_ass- October 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm
That fight was obviously staged. Kinbo wasn't dead tired and there was no excuse that a guy with his power couldn't have freed one or both of his arms. He didn't even move his legs or feet to try to rotate his body to squirm out. IT WAS FIXED!!!

Aside from his big ass gut, there was not a limb on his body that could control Kimbo's arms. It was just done to lead up to a big comeback fight in the finals!!!
Soda Popinski- October 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm

EDoggFunkMonk Says:
Thu, 10/01/2009 - 13:09

"I knew I was getting sucked with the humble Kimbo. I'm a fool."

ex-queeze me?
ArmFarmer- October 1, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I read this article and I was like didn't we already know that? Then I remembered it was someone in the comments section that said that but I couldn't remember who.. good call on that one.
ihateemo- October 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm
What did Nelson do wrong exactly? Show superior ground work? Not bomb Kimbo's head until it cracked like a coconut? Try not to break his hand so he wouldn't injure himself?

Aside from, ah, a cardio issue, Nelson looked fluid and sharp - way better than everyone else so far - and made Kimbo look amateurish because..he is. Doesn't matter if the blows aren't hurting you per se, Nelson could have upped the ante and started raining down bombs the way Matt Hughes did to BJ when he had him in the exact same position.

Nelson did everyone involved a favour. He did what he needed to win and looked dominant doing so.

I like Kimbo on a personal level, knowwhaimsayin, but as a fighter Nelson is clearly light years ahead of the pack. I just wish he'd improve his attitude.
GSP for Prime Minister- October 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Roy Nelson is a "bathroom break fighter"... the kind of fighter that when his fight comes on, it's the perfect time for a bathroom break.
ScarTissue- October 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm
Laying on him and slapping him on top the head does not equal a home run. Roy doesn't seem to understand this whole TUF thing is a job interview and his potential boss was not impressed by his performance.
tallkitchenbags- October 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm
roy beat kimbo. he doesn't get to talk s**t about the organization until he beats lesnar and gets outfitted with the cock tattoo
for the love of mma- October 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm
it was a pathetic win and we all know the ufc we'll keep you around if your exciting and fun to watch and we all know that roy nelson cant do that to cain velasquez or shane carwin or brock or even fucking cheick kongo so he needs to get some flare to his style if he wants to fight in the ufc!!!
alterdinfo- October 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm
Wayne Bullet....."integrity" and reality tv show don't really go hand in hand.

Well said Doc Martin. This is a business. People have to remember that.
Kimbo is kind of like Anna Kournikova was for tennis, or Danica Patrick is for car racing. They aren't really that good at what they do, but they bring in a lot of hype and attention and $$$$.
Thus, it's easy for everyone else to target them and call them out.

I do like Kimbo, but he probably won't be around for much longer.
Him and his crew have done an amazing job marketing him with the limited skills that he has.
Those fighters/people that complain about his special treatment can go cry about it in a corner. He brings the company money that pays their salaries.
youngblood- October 1, 2009 at 11:54 am
Pointing at the fence, didn't I say that before
Ritalin Boy- October 1, 2009 at 11:40 am
Forgetting all that entourage stuff, did anyone else catch this Big Fat Country quote from the USAToday link ("especially when he explains it thusly") CP posted above?

"[Kimbo's] just super-strong. A lot of people don't realize he's a 245-pound guy, except when he's on different types of medications (that) bring his weight down."

What kind of medications?

[the Cone of Silence now descends on one Roy Nelson]

DubVegas- October 1, 2009 at 11:39 am
I still think Roy will win the whole thing.
TheFactor- October 1, 2009 at 11:38 am
HAnds down Roy did exactley what he said he would do to Kimbo ... when he was sitting by the pool early on in the show. Kimbo was beaten in the first round .. and then couldn't defend against the same takedown and crucifix ..... LAME ~!!!

He is a good exciting stand up fighter ... but he is done when he gets into the UFC ... He'll be fighting Monster tournament in Japan before you know it.

Until then Dana and UFC will exploit his name and current credability for all they can get.

Simple, easy, end of story.
VistingDeadAncestors- October 1, 2009 at 11:32 am
Roy Nelson was given his cheeseburger with no pickles.

knightrida- October 1, 2009 at 11:29 am
lmao @ gee yu teen!
google- October 1, 2009 at 11:26 am
You think its a little sour grapes because Kimbo comes back on the show, goes to the finals, and beats his ass or beats the ass of the person who beats Roy?

What does Roy want, an apolgy from DW? Sorry you are not marketable to anyone Roy. Exept Golden Corral, and Lionheart's got that one nailed down already.
jaybeez- October 1, 2009 at 11:23 am
That fight was boring. Roy Nelson is garbage. In the interview after the fight Kimbo didn't look like elephant man.
Doc Martin- October 1, 2009 at 11:21 am
MMA is a sport, UFC is a business. They're going to do what's good for business. If you want to talk integrity, you need to look elsewhere. Fights are made by what people want, not by who deserves them. That doesn't change the guy Kimbo is, that doesn't change who wins the fights. It MAY have an effect on Kimbo getting a second shot if someone can't fight (which looks like might happen). The college football BCS system is very much the same, you stack the cards in the deck where you don't influence the outcome, but you skew it in favor of business. The only difference is the UFC never pretended to be fair and balanced.
Nut Puncher 9000- October 1, 2009 at 11:14 am
Apparently Roy has yet to be shown the "Shut the Fuck up about your Boss and his business" clause in his TUF contract. I am sure they will remind him soon enough...

EDoggFunkMonk- October 1, 2009 at 11:09 am
I knew I was getting sucked with the humble Kimbo. I'm a fool.