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TapouT and Kimbo Slice Join Forces


(Maybe some fashion help from TapouT isn’t such a bad idea.)

How timely, considering the premiere of TapouT’s second season on Versus. Now they’re officially sponsoring Kimbo Slice. Peep the press release:

Grand Terrace, CA (July 28, 2008) – TapouT, the premier mixed martial arts apparel, gear and lifestyle brand, announced today that the company will sponsor MMA superstar Kimbo Slice and create a joint apparel line under the TapouT brand. TapouT will be Kimbo’s exclusive apparel sponsor.

“Kimbo is the real deal,” said Mask, TapouT Founder. “He is the ultimate underdog who kept his nose to the grindstone and rose up to become one of the most well-known MMA fighters out there. Kimbo is tough, but full of heart, and we’re excited to take him from the cage to the clothing.”

“I want to thank the whole TapouT FAM for taking an interest in me and team Kimbo,” said Kimbo Slice. Also thank you guys for allowing us to be a part of your FAM… and the tightest gear out there. Hey man, my team is psyched, team Kimbo is psyched.”

Further details on the Kimbo/TapouT apparel line will be announced in the coming months.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who stumbled over the phrase “from the cage to the clothing.” With all his mainstream appeal, could the Kimbo Slice TapouT tee replace the Affliction shirt as the go to gear for the casual MMA douche? Only time will tell, but I’m going to go ahead and say abso-goddamn-lutely.

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Shady IS A BITCH- August 8, 2008 at 7:53 am
YOU CAN SUCK ONE BIG ASS COCK YOUR A PIECE OF SHIT JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE STOP HATING ON SOMEBODY BETTER THEN YOUR PIECE OF SHIT ASS EVEN IF YOU DID START TRAINING 10 YEARS AGO KIMBO WOULD TEAR YOUR ASSHOLE UP JUST LIKE YOU WERE TALKIN ABOUT STICKIN YOUR DICK IN YOUR MOMS ASS FUCKIN NO TALENT ASS ALL YOU FAGS ARE JUST HATING ON HIM WHILE HES MAKIN FUCKIN 100'S OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A FIGHT WHILE YOUR MAKIN 5 BUCKS AN HOUR 9 TO FIVIN IT PUSSY
Colt BITCH- August 8, 2008 at 7:42 am
ALL YOU FAGS CAN SUCK A BIG FAT ONE ALL YOU STUPID FUCKS KNOW KIMBO WOULD KNOCK THE SHIT OUT OF YOU TAPOUTS THE SHIT AND SO IS KIMBO FUCK YOU STUPID BITCHES LETS SEE IF ANY OF YOU PIECES OF SHIT MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS THEM OR COULD FIGHT AT ALL FUCK YOU COCKSUCKERS STUPID BITCH ASS HATERS THAT DONT HAVE SHIT
Kimbo Slice Shirts- August 2, 2008 at 4:06 am
Meh..... A sports is a sport the only thing I hope does not happen is that the original Kimbo Slice sponsor and shirt manufacturer was Triumph United and I hope he is not selling him out. But then again money is money so I guess I can't fault him for it.

The one thing I will say though is Kimbo knows he is not the best in an interview he was asked if he thinks he can be a heavy weight champion anytime soo and his reply was there was no way and that working with Bass Rutten that he would need another year of fights before he can even think he was a contender. So in that case you can respect that honesty and humble response, or not.
KIMBO-INTERNET-KILLA- July 29, 2008 at 9:47 pm
Kimbo was fun to watch on youtube and still comes across as a fairly well spoken and respectable guy. I am glad allowing the sport to gain in popularity, which translates into more money for fighters and fight promoters.

Tapout is much the same. Like them or not - they support and promote a sport I love to watch. I do not train but wear Tapout. Much like those that wear hockey jerseys or football jerseys but do not or have never played. Its about the sport and the fighters.
Shady- July 27, 2008 at 4:44 am
Hey 305 Hurricane,

You know what i'm sick of. I'm sick of stupid mother fuckers sticking up for Kimbo. We fucking get it already, he has every right to earn a living and if some dipshit, good for nothing, fat ass guido like Gary Shaw and Elite XC want to pay him to do what he does, they are more than free to do so. And if every Tapout wearing, wannabe tough guy wants to pay to see it, go ahead, it's a free fucking country. I don't have to like it and I don't. I also have every right to bitch about what they and the idiots that support them are doing to a sport I love.

However, let's get one thing straight here; Kimbo is no MMA fighter, ne never was and never will be. This is a professional sport, you don't get credit for trying. I don't have to give that man shit until he proves himself. Which, by the way, he's not going to get it beating up 60 year old men like Tank Abbott (Who by the way should retire). Fuck he couldn't even TKO James Thompson. If I tried to fuck your mom but didn't, should I still get credit for putting my cock in her ass? No, I shouldn't, because you get credit for doing not for trying.

He's not trying to make a mockery of the sport? Are you on drugs? No, seriously are you? Because, i'd like some of whatever you're on; i've never actually met anyone that dillusional. He doesn't care about the sport. He's here to make his money and bail (And before anyone starts bitching about this, please go re-read the 1st paragraph again.), he's there because of the hype NOT BECAUSE HE HAS ANY SKILL. Therefore his mere involvement makes a mockery of the sport.

I could give two shits about how good of a fighter he could have been if he'd started training 10 years ago. The fact is he didn't. If i'd started 10 years ago I could have the fucking skills to compete on a professional level. But I didn't either, so here I am laying some knowledge on your ignorant ass.

And as far as Kimbo running with anything goes, did you not watch him fight James Thompson. From what I recall he was seriously gassed by the second round. I doubt he could run far with anything. Now that sounds like someone who's really taking this sport seriously.
305 Hurricane- July 26, 2008 at 11:23 pm
You guys are honestly assholes for hating on Kimbo the way you do.

Yes Kimbo gets alot of undeserved hype....Yes you guys have a few valid points.

What bothers me is that non of you guys give Kimbo credit for honestly trying to pick up the sport....hes training hard and trying his best to become a real MMA fighter.

If he was not training and taking the sport seriously then i could understand but thats not the case....he is not trying to make a mockery of the sport. its not his fault the hype machine backs it. Anyone would do exactly what kimbo is doing......Kimbo is serios about the sport though and he deserves credit for trying to pick up the sport at such an"old" age.

Kimbo is not the best fighter......but if kimbo started this stuff 10 years ago he may have the skills by now to compete with the best of the best.

Im looking forward to seeing how far slice can run with this thing
Fedor Emelianenko instructional DVD- July 26, 2008 at 10:30 pm
If things go Affliction way Tapout will soon have to tap. In any case it's nice to see them sign Kimbo.
Bootylam!- July 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Am I the only one who thinks that anyone who buys a t-shirt for more than $20 is a moron? Do they pay you to advertise? Also, since when is all that lightning/ tribal looking bullshit NOT gay? Try some real designs and fashions i.e. the NFL or NBA looks.[ Polos, rugbys, collars, button ups, jersey styles, not just too tight t-shirts]
Kimbos a bitch- July 26, 2008 at 2:58 am
This would all be different if Kimbo would accept a fight from someone worth a shit but he won"t. There has been alot of worthy guys challenge him but Kimbo grows a vagina and says NO.
I have 7 or 8 Tapout shirts and now i have to put them on Ebay.
Kimbos a bitch- July 26, 2008 at 2:54 am
@ Shady: Amen
Shady- July 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm
Kyle, it's nice to know that you think so little of us. And frankly, you are right, we are all a bunch of haters here. We hate the fact that a boxing promoter like Gary Shaw (A man who has no respect for the concept of MMA and equates the art of jiu jitsu with homosexual behavior) pushes a circus side show internet freak like Kimbo on to the general public as the greatest thing to ever happen to MMA. Yes, those of us who have actually been a fan of MMA for more than six months hate the fact that Elite XC, Gary Shaw, Kimbo and Tapout are slowly turning a sport we love into nothing more than glorified professional wrestling a la WWE. However, as much I may hate what they represent in our sport I cannot fault them for trying to make money. If you had actually read my post, you would have noticed that I said "They’re in the business of making money not making friends." Yes Kyle we are haters, and what we hate most are newbie poseurs like yourself that thinks all of this is okay and good for our sport.
ADW- July 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm
Kyle--This site isn't full of haters, it is full of people who love MMA as a sport. I love MMA. The sporting and combat side. The business side is what bothers me. This is because things that are good for business are not often good for the sport. Kimbo+Hype+Tapout= not good for MMA as a sport. Kimbo is like the Brian Bosworth of MMA. He hasn't proven himself at all and is one of the most recognized (this is not a good or a bad thing) faces that is associated with MMA. I would have said that he is one of the most recognized face IN MMA, but he hasn't even proven himself to be a mixed martial artist in anyway.

The whole kimbo thing would be akin to me posting a few videos of myself hitting a few homeruns, posting the videos online and then being drafted to a team like the Red Sox with multi-million dollar contract. This would be stupid situation because I would not have proven myself as decent baseball player let alone a professional baseball player. Imagine how pissed off you would be if you were somebody who had been playing baseball your entire life and made the team by actually trying out and doing hard work.
Kyle- July 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm
After reading all the comments above me I realized something about this site.. it is full of haters. Why do you have to hate on Kimbo for making business moves and getting that money and hate on Tapout for using kimbos popularity to make even more money? Kimbo may not be the best all around MMA fighter, thats obvious, but I will say that I enjoy watching his fights and I like Kimbo Slice. So all of you guys sitting at home wishing that you had his hype and popularity in the fight game, how about get off of his back and let the man make a living
hahahahaha- July 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm
Well Kimbo Slice has always been a joke, now tapout is too!
Boss- July 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm
I just hope something replaces the Affliction shirts...nothing spells "I'm a douchebag whos never actually been in a fight, but I want the girls at the club think I'm a tough guy in a tight shirt" quite like Affliction
T-Rev- July 25, 2008 at 6:06 am
did anyone else notice he's doing the shocker in his picture?

I dont think people should give kimbo a hard time... given the opportunity anyone would ride a wave like that all the way until it crashes on the beach... make some money, then disappear into relative obscurity. Or maybe market yourself in Japan for a couple of years fighting puffs like Bob Sapp.
ADW- July 25, 2008 at 4:39 am
I am now glad that I don't own any Tapout gear. The fact they would sponsor Kimbo is just plain stupid. On their show they always talk about finding guys who are the "future of MMA" and they sponsor Kimbo is a joke. Anybody in the sport knows this and they are just alienating their brand from real MMA fans.
Jeff- July 25, 2008 at 2:59 am
@ Kimbo

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*breath*

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA

WOW TapouT is like the gayest show on network television. If it wasn't it is now.
Anonymous- July 25, 2008 at 2:20 am
about to be a fuck*
Anonymous- July 25, 2008 at 2:19 am
about to beat a fuck*
wearing mma gear sucks- July 25, 2008 at 2:18 am
There's a ton of badass gear made by real clothing companies that doesn't make you look like a douche. If you're worried about the price there's always Obey. If not there's a ton of shirts of michael jordan posterizing (or being posterized) someone that's done well graphically (and I guess similarly to tapout type shit stylewise) which is pretty dope. If i was bout to be a fuck I'd definitely not be wearing anything relating to that shit. I'd wear a kermit the frog shirt or some shit.
Shady- July 24, 2008 at 11:49 pm
What can one say about Tapout giving Kimbo a sponsorship? Look at it this way, it's just another douche bag that doesn't know shit about MMA walking around in a trendy ass t-shirt so other people will think he's cool. All the while, everyone he passes is really laughing and pointing at his stupid ass.

I've said it before and i'll say it again. I have no problem with Tapout. They're in the business of making money not making friends. However, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing any of their shit. Also, if for some reason anyone caught me watching their show, please beat me mercilessly. People talk a lot about what and who gives MMA a bad reputation. At the top of any real fans list should be that show. If not, please go back to watching professional wrestling on TNT where face paint, bad hair, stupid outfits and inane yelling are perfectly acceptable forms of expression.

I say any fighter who is already sponsored by Tapout should give up the money and throw away all of their tapout gear. Could you just imagine the kind of impact it would have in Chuck Liddell came out at his next fight in a different pair of shorts and totally renounced Tapout and refused to a part of any company that supported Kimbo? But the fighters have to support themselves. What would be great is if Dana White offered any fighter willing to do it a bonus. They could do a ceremony in vegas where all the fighters threw their tapout gear into a big fire while they were wearing their new Sprawl gear. Spawl could even have a t-shirt made that says "Real Fighters Wear Spawl" or even better a Throwdown t-shirt that said "Bitches Tapout, Real Fighters Throwdown," I know I suck at coming up with slogans, but then again that's why I don't sell fucking t-shirts.
tallsforeverybody- July 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm
I still can't believe anyone wears that sh!t. Tapout has officially replaced the "Big Johnson" shirt as the white trash calling card.

That being said, I think these clowns realize that the white trash market is HUGE!
cabj1905- July 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm
I'm very disappointed in TapouT. I thought these were the guys who were looking out for what MMA fans cared about. Apparently not, because if they did, they'd know that 9 out of every 10 MMA fans can't stand kimblow. All the comments before me are right... this automatically makes TapouT officially uncool.
Tengu- July 24, 2008 at 9:23 pm
I'm on the fence about Tapout clothing, I like some of their stuff, but I think unless you train a lot you probably shouldn't wear it. (There's nothing worse than some midget duche at a bar, with no lats and his arms out to his sides like popeye stumbling around in his Tapout shirt like it's a warning that he's about to bust out a RNC on the next person that walks by .) I dunno, this Kimbo thing kind of tarnishes their credibiltiy a bit. Anyway, I gotta run, since Tapout is no longer kewl I'm going to make some calls to get a second mortgage on my house to buy an Affliction "Fedor" T-shirt.
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