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Weekend Notes: Kimbo, Fedor, Conspiracies

(“Pweeeeez?” Drew Fickett and Jae Suk Lim, courtesy of Sherdog.)

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— The current frontrunner for the role of Guy Kimbo Slice Will KTFO on EliteXC’s First CBS Show is [drumroll...] James Thompson? According to Sam Caplan, EliteXC was trying to book Ron “H20 Man” Waterman for their May 31st jump-off, but a deal could not be reached, and they started talking to “The Colossus.” Thompson has been knocked out three times in his last four fights, most recently at the hands of Brett Rogers at EliteXC: Street Certified. Seasoned ground specialist Waterman would have been a much more credible opponent for Slice, but EliteXC can’t really be faulted for setting up a guaranteed KO for their most marketable asset in their first network broadcast. I’ve already set the betting line for this one: Kimbo Slice (-15,500) v. James Thompson (+12,000). So if you have fifteen grand and want to pick up an easy Benjamin, go for it.

— Dana White’s craftiness is boundless. On the same day that Tim Sylvia was set to announce his release from the UFC and desire to pursue a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, the UFC prez announced that he’d be renewing his efforts to sign Emelianenko to the UFC. As White said: “We want to make the fights the people want to see…We’ll see what we can do as far as (signing Emelianenko) goes.” We tend to think that previous insults will prevent Emelianenko and his managers from ever dealing with the UFC again, but signing Fedor would both provide current heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with an opponent (are there any contenders left in that division?) while blocking another UFC refugee (Tim Sylvia this time) from getting a fight with Emelianenko. It’s gotta be worth a shot.

This guy caused a minor shitstorm on Sherdog by passing on a rumor that Saturday’s Shamrock/Le fight was a planned work, intended to set up a three-part rubber match. B.S.? Obviously. But the thing that gives the “work” theory a scrap of believability is that dramatic leg sweep in the third round. Watch it again: We understand why Le let Shamrock get up afterwards — why risk going to the ground if you’re dominating on the feet? — but would Frank actually turn his back on Le for that long while getting up unless he knew he wasn’t going to get pounced on? And how about Frank’s kick that set up the sweep? Have you ever seen such a half-assed front kick thrown in a pro MMA match? It’s like it was meant to be caught…

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ajaykumar- September 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm
I said the same thing. Too much theatre going on in that octagon. Absolute embarassment.
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Onan- March 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm
I would say that the amount of "theater" would actually speak against it being a work. If it really was a work do you think he would want to make it obvious?

He didn't do anymore clowning than he did in the Baroni fight. As for turning his back, I don't think he stopped paying attention and was hoping that Cung would take the bait and rush in and get caught. I thought it was a great fight but Frank had a bad gameplan and was unwilling to give it up when it wasn't working.
duhr- March 30, 2008 at 7:31 pm
its sort of a mutual respect thing when cung lets frank stand up. he's not going to hit him in the back of the head for shits sake. and frank's weak kick? you see that ALL the time in mma..
CagePotato- March 30, 2008 at 6:49 pm
@ SEth:

Actually, we *are* pretty badass. When I'm not blogging, I fight in the UFC under the name "Quinton Jackson."

"Kipp" is, in fact, Rickson Gracie.
SEth- March 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm
Thse cage potato writers think they're hot shit, they better be some badass fighters or theyre really just full of crap
mmacoach- March 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm
And change his name to Jae Lim Suks! lol... I know it looked tight, but he got tapped with an arm-in guillotine. Learn to defend that choke man, for Pete's sake.
mmacoach- March 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Yup... from experience, when you get cracked hard... you smile. Instant reverse psychology, however, it means you went dark for a second. Shammy was smiling an awful lot, so was Cung. I'm just glad it ended the way it did. Someone said it was like a sparring session, I agree, except at the end... It was more like Shammy was holding thai pads except he forgot the thai pads. Lesson to the rookies, don't block kicks with your forearms. Waaataaaaaa!!!
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm
I said the same thing. Too much theatre going on in that octagon. Absolute embarassment.
Douchebaggery- March 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm
looked legit to me. people tend to do strange and out of the ordinary things when they are taking a beating. Frank was clearly trying to KO Cung Le when he had him hurt. I gave you more credit than this
Kimbo's Lice- March 30, 2008 at 1:20 pm
Re: Frank/Cung. I was thinking the same thing when Sham did his back-turning thing. It reminded me of his Pancrase fight with Bas when he did that backward somersault then waved to the crowd. Everyone thought that fight was a work too. I don't think the Cung fight was fake, but Frank's too much of a showman for his own good. It's going to get his ass killed one of these days.