(The immortal words of Jim Ross don’t even do this finish justice.)
In news that literally anyone could have seen coming, the homeless, mentally unstable man that Mickey Rourke fought in Russia last month has finally admitted to taking a dive.
Speaking to TMZ earlier today, Elliot Seymour confessed that he was paid $15,000 to go down due to a body shot in the second round of Rourke’s return to the ring — 10K up front and the rest when he returned to the U.S. Seymour additionally stated that he was specifically told not to hit the 62-year-old actor in the head, but that he also did not believe Rourke was in on the fix.
“Mickey’s a stand-up guy.” said Seymour. “Being a powerful person, you have a lot of people that are kissing up to you for various reasons.”
A video of Seymour’s full interview is below.
You know what, I’m almost tempted to believe Seymour’s claim that Rourke wasn’t in on it. Rourke had clearly gotten himself in amazing shape for the fight, and his reaction to Seymour going down seemed to be that of legitimate surprise. Then again, Mickey Rourke was in The Expendables *and* Java Heat, so we know the man can do nothing if not act up a storm.
I guess I’m saying that I just don’t know what to believe anymore. How could I? It’s 2014, CM Punk is in the UFC, and a Miletich fighter is the welterweight champion. In fact, I’m starting to get the sneaking suspicion that this whole MMA/Boxing/combats sports thing is a sham and we’re all just figments of Tommy Westphall’s imagination.