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Starnes’s Actual Excuse Is Foot-Related

(Remember when Kalib’s claim to fame was this cut?)

The Fight Network picks up the blue ribbon for being the first to get Kalib Starnes’s side of the story. In a new interview, Starnes does his best to defend himself and debunk some rumors…

On why he jogged around the Octagon for 15 minutes: “Right now, I have a broken foot [that] I sustained with the first kick I threw in the fight…I can barely walk. [Quarry] totally destroyed my thigh with those kicks. I’m not about to stand there and get smashed to pieces. After I knew my foot was broken, I was trying to back up and work off the jab and keep moving so I didn’t get knocked out.”

On the reports that his performance was a protest: “Any report or rumor that I came on any radio station to comment on the fight or circumstances surrounding the fight or in reference to the UFC or Dana White is completely false.”

On his release from the UFC: “[UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva told me that it usually takes a couple of days for their legal department to complete the paperwork and that he would send me all of the paperwork to indicate that my contract has been dissolved. Later on in the afternoon, after I had spoken to Joe Silva, a story was released by some reporter from Yahoo! in which Dana White said that he had released me from my contract. I received no documentation on that, and it came after I asked to be released…I couldn’t be happier than to be released from the most oppressive contract I’ve ever been under in my life.”

On Dana White: “In my opinion, it was inappropriate to make public statements regarding my character and my future and so on the way that he has, especially without having the courage and the respect to call me up and speak with me personally. All of these comments come from a man that has never had a fight in his entire life who claims to be the ultimate authority on fighting and courage…Dana White wouldn’t stand and trade with a guy [like Quarry] who had an 80 or 90 percent knockout ratio with injuries like I had Saturday night…Maybe [White] thinks that character assassination might prevent me from moving on and fighting for another organization or carrying on a career. If he thinks it’s appropriate to attack me, it isn’t.”

So, lots to cover here. A broken foot seems like a logical explanation for what we saw on Saturday night, except for the fact that a broken foot would probably cause someone to limp around for the rest of the fight, and maybe grimace in pain once in a while — not effortlessly glide backwards while displaying zero signs of injury. (Maybe his foot’s spirit was broken?) If he truly was in pain and knew he couldn’t mount a decent offense/defense against Quarry, why didn’t he stay in his corner after the first or second round? Stopping due to injury looks a lot more respectable then retreating for a full three rounds. As for this “work off the jab” business…whose jab? Quarry’s? Again, a logical explanation that falls apart once you rewatch the fight.

Maybe it was in poor taste for Dana White to talk to Kevin Iole about Starnes’s dismissal before Kalib himself, but it didn’t seem like he was doing that to sabotage Starnes’s future prospects; he was just venting anger, Dana-style. Meanwhile, Kalib goes into the old “you can’t fire me because I quit” routine. Starnes has voiced his frustration with the UFC’s contracts and salaries in the past, and told The Fight Network “they’re paying the wrong guy $10,000 to get his brain smashed in.” Earning $10,000 to put your ass on the line would certainly make you low-paid (especially after paying taxes and your training camp, etc.), but there’s a difference between low-paid and underpaid. And nobody gets more than $10,000 per fight in MMA unless they’ve proved themselves in some way. Starnes hasn’t yet, and he’ll find that the grass is just as brown on the other side.

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Meagan- April 26, 2008 at 5:02 am
Dana White is actually a pretty nice guy in person. So, people can say what they want, he really doesn't care lol. As for Starnes' foot being broken...I don't know. Even IF it was broken, who the f**k cares?!? You're profession is to FIGHT! Rich Franklin fought with a broken hand, Tim Silvia was pissed when his arm got broken, but still wanted to fight (let's leave the roid use out of it lol), f***ing, David Loiseau's eye was practically hanging out and he DID keep fighting (given he lost, but he still kept going), so don't give me this s**t about your damn foot. You danced and ran around the f***ing ring for 15 damn minutes with no problem, which means that you had enough adrenaline running through your body to end the fight. It looked to me like he didn't want to get hit, and he realized that regardless of his back injury Nate was back and ready to kick some ass. I knew Starnes was going to be trouble when he had them stop the fight against Kendall Grove back on the show, "STOP STOP, ow my rib hurts I think it's dislocated..." Yeah your rib is dislocated, but you can yell...don't think so. It's hard to yell when your ribs are just bruised. Starnes is a puss with a CAPITAL P...he should go back to spoken word and cry about how mistreated he was in the UFC...loser
Tyler- April 24, 2008 at 1:41 am
Us Canadians don't want him either. Send him somewhere else.
john the killer- April 22, 2008 at 6:28 pm
I would ratherstand and get knocked out anyday than run around like a little puss. Oh yeah and i broke my foot fighting, no way would i have been able to run around. LIAR!
Dr.- April 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm
But Dana does act like he knows what it takes to throw down. I guess being closer to the ring than most of us and standing in the octagon itself for belt deliveries makes him an authority. He does hang around with some tough dudes that have fighting spirit and character so that MUST rub off on him. I wasn't surprised by the actions in this fight, why the hell would you have Kalib fighting in the first place? What I was surprised by was that he wasn't wearing those stupidass sunglasses that were on his dented forehead the entire show of TUF.

What would anyone expect from Kalib after TUF? The UFC shit the bed on that match-up.
Mythor- April 22, 2008 at 5:18 am
Dana White wouldn't stand and trade with Quarry because he'd get knocked the fuck out in very short order.

And that's still more than Kalib Starnes did.
You don't get to criticise someone else's courage after running away from a fight for three rounds that you agreed to and got paid for.
At least Dana doesn't make any pretensions to being a fighter. After UFC 83, pretensions are all Kalib has left.
Kaleb- April 22, 2008 at 12:30 am
What a joke, dont make excuses, you ran, you ran well. If you break a bone, you say you broke a bone, and stop the match.
You do not continue to run on the foot, and worsen the injury.
Just a terrible excuse, in attempt to salvage his career.
Bod- April 22, 2008 at 12:00 am
fightfan, you should write articles for cp.
fightfan- April 21, 2008 at 10:35 pm
I knew that there was a reason for Kalib's lame ass perfomarmance, if you can even call it that. He says that it was a broken foot that caused him to run away from Nate the entire fight. While I do believe it was an injury that caused Kalib to perform as he did........I am not convinced that he broke his foot on the first kick throw at Nate. He may of inured his foot while running away from Nate for 3 entire rounds, I dont believe it was the underlying reason for the fight.

I do believe Kalib when he says that he entered the fight with injuries. He came into this AND past fights with the most dehabilitating injury someone in a combat sport could ever have. I also believe that Kalib has been suffereing for a long time. He has what is known as vaginitis del sporto in Latin terms or simply in English, what is referred to as a sore or bruised vagina. Kalib's inflamations and tenderness in his vagina has been a problem since his PRE-TUF days. There has been no forseen improvement in Kalib's vagina for the longest time and its outlook is not good. The UFC thereby had to release Kalib from his contract
Anonymous- April 21, 2008 at 10:07 pm
Dana ate your pussy? That rat bastard!!

So Starnes didn't put pictures of a fake cast on his foot on the internet? What kind of liar is he? At least Chuck got creative with it.
sparky- April 21, 2008 at 9:39 pm
Dana White ate my cat.... ate my fuckin cat.
Douchebaggery- April 21, 2008 at 8:44 pm
someone give me legit mature reason why they hate Dana White. I hear " I hate Dana" way too often with nothing substantial following the statement
Big G- April 21, 2008 at 8:32 pm
Kalib had three whole days to come up with a decent lie and this is what he came up with? What a worthless dick!!! Again, go back to Canada because no one wants you in the US.

Big G
Alex- April 21, 2008 at 7:44 pm
Yeah, that sounds reasonable. He broke his foot in the first round and his corner let him continue the fight. And no-one noticed. And he didn't say anything until four days later. Uh huh.
MMA-hole- April 21, 2008 at 7:25 pm
The first kick Starnes threw whiffed completely. The second and third barely grazed Quarry's stomach.

Visual proof here:
Boneman- April 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm
Just another Pussy looking for a freebie.....But I hate Dana White.....So go Kalib!
NipGrip- April 21, 2008 at 7:06 pm