(Mike is not taking your bullshit. No sir, not today.)
Quote of the day from Team Rashad member Mike Wessel, via an interview on Heavy.com:
The reason I get pissed off at Rampage is because he’s supposed to be a coach, and I used to be a coach as well. When Demico lost the way he did
, Rampage started feeling sorry for himself. You could hear him saying things like, "Do I have bad luck?", and, "I can’t believe he tapped out to that bullshit". I remember he said something like, "I would never lose like that". Really Rampage? Really? You’re going to act like that big of a douche because one of your guys lost, even though he fought good? Demico went in there and surprised a lot of people, and lost, but who cares. Everybody loses. What did you do after your last loss Rampage? You went on a fucking cocaine rage and stayed up all damn night before you were driving your monster truck with a big logo on it through white fucking suburbia. Running from the cops where they had to shoot out your fucking tires.
Then Dana had to come down and bail your ass out and send you to England so the media wouldn’t eat your ass apart, so you would still have a fucking career.
Wessel went on to deny Rampage’s claims that Team Rashad didn’t actually like each other, and while he was in a venting mood, he figured he’d blast the TUF producers for all the special treatment given to Kimbo Slice. As the story goes, Slice got to bring an audience to his fight against Roy Nelson:
Yeah, we walked out, and we were like, "Who the fuck is that?", because I didn’t know who these guys were. There was like three big black guys, and what I was told was his wife. There was a female there and a little kid. They were like, "Yeah, that’s his wife and one of his sons, along with his posse. That’s Icy Mike, his promoter and manager. Other people knew who they were. Justin Wren
was telling me who all of these guys were. I was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’. I was furious! Not at Kimbo, but at the Spike team for letting that happen, because ‘You’re not going to let me talk to my wife who is having surgery for cancer, but you’re going to let Kimbo, because of who he is, you’re going to let Kimbo’s posse come watch him fight?
Are you fucking kidding me!’.I don’t care if anyone is mad at me for saying that, because its bullshit. Everyone has their own things going on, but because it’s Kimbo, everyone wants to kiss his ass. I don’t know if it was in his contract or what. I really don’t know who to blame, but I just don’t think that it was right. Here we’re told we can’t do anything, and then Kimbo comes out, and there’s his posse.
Of course, Kimbo’s chances against Roy Nelson were limited by his abilities. You know, considering he’d only practiced jiu-jitsu once in his life at that point:
I was sitting on the back porch with Kimbo and he was talking to me and a few of the other guys, and Kimbo was like, "Man, I have to learn what you guys do. I have to do what you guys are doing", and this was after he lost to Roy. So I asked him the question, ‘How many times have you practiced Jiu-Jitsu? How do you train?’, and he says, "I did one practice about three months ago". I said, ‘You don’t fucking do it every day? I do it sometimes twice a day’. He goes, "No man". So that just goes to show that all of the people around him are all about the money and not about the fucking sport. If they wanted Kimbo to have any kind of longevity, after they got that $500,000 for the Seth Petruzelli
fight, they would have gotten him some Jiu-Jitsu. Now supposedly he’s training out of ATT in Florida, and I don’t even know if they’re training him down there, because if Kimbo doesn’t want to learn Jiu-Jitsu, Kimbo’s not going to learn Jiu-Jitsu.
Wessel also discusses the legend of Kimbo pulling a gun at American Top Team, and the horrible, prison-bitch-like treatment of Zak Jensen by Team Rampage, so give the interview a look. Wessel definitely comes off as a bit of a loose cannon. It’s interesting to hear his opinions and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, but he may want to tone down his criticism of the UFC’s stars and the way The Ultimate Fighter is run if he expects to have a career with the organization. Or maybe the UFC has already cut him loose, and he’s got nothing to lose at this point…