(I swear to God, you guys, I’ve seen this image before.)
Yesterday, I went a little off the beaten path and covered the world of professional wrestling, specifically Brock Lesnar’s re-signing with the WWE and subsequent F-5ing of company President Vince McMahon. Although the video was unquestionably hilarious, most of you guys (at least those who took the time to comment) were not able to set aside your MMA bias for even a second to enjoy it. And it’s a shame, because even if Air Force One is your all-time favorite film, does that mean you cannot occasionally enjoy the goofball satirical humor of Airplane? Please don’t delve any further into that terrible analogy, but of all the websites to cover the Lesnar story (and there were a few), I was kind of surprised that the audience of the “comedic” one had the least sense of humor about it.
So I’m not sure how you’ll take the news that TUF 10 veteran Kimbo Slice returned to the world of boxing last night, or the fact that we’ve decided to devote yet another article to it. On one hand, Kimbo is at least competing in a “real” sport after leaving the UFC. On the other, he is as tenuously connected to the world of MMA as Lesnar is these days, so perhaps we should just ignore him. On the third hand, Slice’s most recent fight against Australian-based journeyman Shane Tilyard was fucking awesome. As is usually the case in a Slice fight, things weren’t exactly pretty, but boy were they entertaining (for a round or so). For Christ’s sake, Kimbo attempted two takedowns in the fight. If you can’t appreciate that kind of irony, then we are just not the same kind of fight fans.
(Fight starts at the 3 minute mark. Video courtesy of Zombie Prophet.)
So kids, what have we learned today?
1. Kimbo still hits pretty damn hard.
2. Kimbo’s cardio still sucks, but at 38 years old, we’re not going to knock the guy for it, and are actually going to commend Kimbo for the incredible display of heart he showed after getting rocked.
3. Despite Bas Rutten’s preaching for years now, it seems that fighters are just starting to warm up to the concept of the liver shot. First Anthony Pettis KO’s Cowboy with a liver kick and now Kimbo finishes Titties 2.0 with a nasty hook to the body.