MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Video: Kimbo Slice Reacts to His First UFC Victory


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At the post-fight press conference following the TUF 10 Finale, Kimbo Slice was as pleased as you could reasonably expect considering he’d just narrowly scratched out a victory against a guy who all but refused to fight him. Though fans and pundits expected Slice and Houston Alexander to put on a one-round war — a backyard brawl brought to the Octagon — we instead got Minowaman vs. Zuluzinho part 2. "We were prepared for somewhat of his attacks, but I wasn’t prepared for the ring-riding that he did," Kimbo said. Still, he wasn’t going to let Alexander bait him into making a mistake:

"If I would have ran in there foolishly, I would have gotten knocked out. It wasn’t difficult to stay patient…A few times, I just called him out. I had to call him by his name, I had to say some things in the ring, like, ‘Let’s do this,’ in so many words. I reverted back to the streets a little bit, verbally. He didn’t engage. He stuck to his plan, so I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to be foolish and run up on him.’ I wanted to be a smart fighter as well…
 
It’s hard. It’s not an easy thing because I first was a street fighter, and being a street fighter there was no training in my style of fighting. I just went in there based on my instincts, watching the guy’s movement, and countering him. But at this level of the game, as a professional fighter in the UFC, you have to be like almost genius-type smart because you have all these dimensions you have to bottle in one, and you just gotta know when to counter, and when to not hit, when to not engage, and try to wait it out. There’s a lot [that] guys gotta go through."



Of course, there’s still a lot that Kimbo needs to bottle up, so to speak. First, he let Houston tag him with countless leg kicks. As Slice explained: "I took some good kicks to the shin. We practiced checking them, but in the fight, with the adrenaline flowing, you can take a good 7-8 kicks before they start taking their toll and you say ‘Oh yeah, I can check them,’ but by that time the kicks had taken their toll a little bit."

More aggravating from my standpoint was his inability to finish the rear-naked choke that he threatened Alexander with in the second round. Kimbo’s excuse: "I knew I didn’t have it successfully. So I didn’t want to exert a whole lot of energy on a hold I knew wasn’t guaranteed. So I said, ‘Okay, I gotta let that hold go,’ but be smart about it, and either look for something else, and if not, get back on my feet and bang it out."

As a longtime street-brawler, checking kicks and working to finish submissions are simply not part of Kimbo’s DNA. Maybe if he keeps drilling them in practice, his instincts will eventually change — though we have our doubts about his committment to learning. My response to Kimbo would be that nothing is guaranteed in a fight. You throw a punch hoping to knock your opponent out, but that’s not guaranteed either. That brief choke attempt was the closest Kimbo came to finishing Alexander during their fight, and putting a little more effort into it might have gone a long way in silencing his critics.

Despite the holes that remain in his game, UFC boss Dana White was pleased by what he saw from Slice this weekend, and less than impressed with his opponent:

“I don’t know what Houston Alexander’s corner was doing, but that was the worst game plan they could have ever come up with. I am not sure if Kalib Starnes was training him or what, but that wasn’t the Houston Alexander I had seen fight before…[Kimbo] deserves credit. He took me up on the offer I made, did what he had to do and went out and beat a legitimate UFC fighter.”


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Sully- December 9, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Kimbo = black version of Bluto from Popeye
ArmFarmer- December 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm
Almost every fighter that's been on tuf has fought in the ufc. I think the only ones that haven't were guys that got kicked off the show or went home early, but other than that almost everyone gets a chance in the ufc. I figured it was a given that kimbo would get a few fights.
Clinch-Smash- December 8, 2009 at 12:15 am
ArmFarmer Says:
Mon, 12/07/2009 - 08:12
@ clinch smash

"By the way, what happened to Kimbo not getting into the UFC without going throught TUF."

Huh?? I guess maybe you missed this entire season of TUF.. and think that Kimbo making his ufc debut at the TUF finale is just a coincidence?

What i took out of DW saying that is he would not give him a fight without winning TUF not just showing up and bitching out.
Zyz Zyx- December 7, 2009 at 11:54 am
"Kimboplex" FTW!!!

I hate to be one of those guys who yells "fix!" all the time, but I lost money on that fight and it was dull and boring, so it's clearly fixed. Houston clearly had time to throw a fireball after dropping Kimbo with a leg kick to the leg, but he didn't! Anyone else see that? Seems pretty obvious to me. I am in possession of superior observational skills and I've been watching MMA pretty seriously for at least 10 months now. I also took a karate class once, so I know what I'm talking about.
831 Son- December 7, 2009 at 11:40 am
People hating on the UFC for putting on a free event= PUSSIES. Honestly, there cant be too many stacked events in one year. The UFC has so many fighters and only a big handful are champions, "stars" or big name fighters. Do you expect there to be title shots every event. Do you expect all the top contenders fighting in one night? Fucking idiots.
ben dover- December 7, 2009 at 11:28 am
LOL LOL LOLLLL at Jesus tapped my...
yungfo- December 7, 2009 at 11:09 am
Straight up, Kimbo is gun shy. How can a guy who trains with people like Bas Rutten and ATT not know how to cut someone off in the cage. That fight fucking sucked, Kimbo sucks, and Houston Alexander looks like he ate a pussy pill.
virpz- December 7, 2009 at 11:03 am
@Jarekov The Great

What the fuck

I don't hate UFC, sure it does have the most talented fighters in the world but it also does have shit fighters that are hype maded products just like any other organization .
And go play ur lil p p u fuck dumbtard.

virpz- December 7, 2009 at 11:00 am
@ ArmFarmer

Can't agree more with you.

That's all folks
Jarekov The Great- December 7, 2009 at 10:58 am
@virpz

your a complete moron, no organization has more top ten talent in its ranks then the UFC. Why is it trendy to hate on the ufc all of the sudden, like WTF happened. They bring in new guys almost every show, theirs even a fucking series of articles called "new faces at " on cagepotato.
The Truth- December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am
If you think Mir is a dying star, wait until his dismembers Kongo this weekend.
ArmFarmer- December 7, 2009 at 10:32 am
@son of serbia

You would put Kimbo against guys like Mark Colemman, Frank Mir, and Arlovski expecting him to win? Are you out of your mind? Any of them would have a field day with Kimbo. Coleman and Mir would take him down at will and maul him on the ground and Arlovski would ktfo him in the first round. If they want Kimbo to win they need to put him against other sloppy up and comers with no elite skill sets, not the guys you listed.
NateGetsIrate- December 7, 2009 at 10:19 am
Also... just for my own sadistic amusement:

Kimbo vs. Pat Berry
Kimbo vs. Hardonk

Talk about some "tree-choppers"!
NateGetsIrate- December 7, 2009 at 10:16 am
I think what happened in this fight is that the UFC did the same thing with Alexander as EliteXC tried to do with Seth Putrezelli. Except the UFC isn't run by a bunch of fuck-ups, which is why they were successful in making Kimbo look legit in this last fight.
virpz- December 7, 2009 at 10:13 am
follow his directions*
virpz- December 7, 2009 at 10:12 am
@ skeletor

I never said I wanted to watch fights every week, what are you talking about ?

What I meant by mediocre is that UFC is creating too much of the "hype based fighters" instead of recruiting real talented fighters . All DW can do is criticism agaisnt other promotions and no1 can blame the guy, he is a business man and knows that there are idiots enough in the world that will make him profit even with shit fighters, all he needs to do is some hype. He knows that alot of people knows shit about mma and will just his directions.
cagefightmon- December 7, 2009 at 10:11 am
YAWWWWWWN!!!! ANOTHER UNIMPRESSING UFC NIGHT.
Kimbo should go back to the streets--
WHAT THE HELL, UFC!
ReX13- December 7, 2009 at 9:47 am
@ ytrebil

Well he grabs his back, what else from there does he do? Standing choke? Take down? Spin him around and crack him? Hold on for dear life doing jack?

"... to be shocked/gobsmacked/hyped about some guy tossing another, smaller guy around onto the mat isn’t saying much about the sport."

Perhaps. But again, i'm easily entertained. Also, i'd already poured a couple Samuel Adams Double Bocks TM down my gullet. Dammit, i dug it.

"Now the Jon Jones sweep on Hamil was quality."

Agreed.

"we’re talking in the context of an elite organisation with these fights being on pay per view"

I just go back to my earlier position that these guys don't have to necessarily be the best in the world for me to pay to watch. I'm not saying sign up some freak fights, but i'll pay for fisher/stout over leites/silva anyday. Or just keep watching WEC. It gives me enjoyable fights and satisifies my need to be a fight snob at the same time.

ytrebil- December 7, 2009 at 9:36 am
Well he grabs his back, what else from there does he do? Standing choke? Take down? Spin him around and crack him? Hold on for dear life doing jack?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s easy for me to say as an armchair MMA fan for sure, but we’re talking in the context of an elite organisation with these fights being on pay per view, so these fighters should be of some decent pedigree. So to be shocked/gobsmacked/hyped about some guy tossing another, smaller guy around onto the mat isn’t saying much about the sport. It’s not like Alexander is a Judo or Sambo master is it?

Now the Jon Jones sweep on Hamil was quality. Now that was a ‘wow, that was awesome, hit replay…”. Two well proven guys in a front clinch, so even position and Jones perfects a perfect sweep as you’re ever likely to see AND breaks Hamil’s shoulder on the way down. Now my friend, that’s what this sport is all about.
ReX13- December 7, 2009 at 9:17 am
@ ytrebil

What, you're saying you saw that coming? 'Cause i sure as hell didn't. When you're watching a judo match, you expect throws. If i'm watching Karo Parisyan or Sokoudjou, i expect some throws. I do not expect Kimbo to do his impression of Dan Severn.

Maybe i'm jusy easily entertained. I'd type more, but there's something shiny out in the hall....
SonOfSerbia- December 7, 2009 at 9:06 am
I dont know what kind of contract Chimpo has, but DW should just spoonfeed him dying stars(Mark Colemman, Frank Mir, Arlovski) and milk him for everything he's worth, before letting someone legit put his lights out and sending his ass packing. Back to fighting in backyards for you Turd Furgeson
ytrebil- December 7, 2009 at 8:57 am
Am I the only person not that impressed with the throw? Shocker, bigger man grabs hold of smaller man from behind and throws him round. Have any of you guys ever seen a Judo or Sambo match? These guys throw each other around all the time and they’re the same size. It doesn’t take much skill nor actually much relative strength either. The only thing that is commendable is actually getting Alexander’s back in the first place. Which, when you consider Alexander’s game plan of running away from Kimbo when he got too close, also wasn’t that difficult.
ArmFarmer- December 7, 2009 at 8:53 am
Houston did rush kimbo after he dropped him.. he stuck the shit out of him while he was trying to get up. Kimbo had to grab a leg and stall for a moment to survive.
mthomas- December 7, 2009 at 8:51 am
OK, I NEVEr say this because I hate people who always yell about a "Fix" after a fight, but did anyone else think that fight looked a little suspicious? The one thing that really surprised me was the fact that Alexander didn't rush in on Kimbo after he dropped him with that leg kick.
Whatever, I'm probably just being paranoid. I'm sure if the fix was in, Dana White wouldn't be shitting on Houston as much as he did in the press conference. "Kalib Starnes gameplan", wow! Anybody ever notice that whenever DW tells us a fight is going to be a "slugfest" with two guys who are gonna "stand and bang", it invariably turns out differently?
ArmFarmer- December 7, 2009 at 8:45 am
Yeah that kimboplex had me and my buddy both saying "holyyy shit" in unison. That was awesome.
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