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.