For someone who’s supposed to be a total badass, Kimbo Slice is pretty damn thin skinned. Actually, come to think about it, that’s a rather tame assessment coming from us, so I’ll rephrase: Kimbo Slice is a bleeding vagina when it comes to taking criticism. There, that sounds more like it.
1) Is unproven against a real opponent
2) Has no ground game
3) Is being hyped up
4) Isn’t a good ambassador for MMA (in so many words)
This has made our bearded friend more than a little peeved. He’s now claiming that if the trash talk continues, he’ll need to “lay the smackdown” on ol’ Chucky. This has prompted me, the occasional writer, to put up a post asking this very basic question to Mr. Slice: Just how exactly is Chuck Liddell’s statement wrong?
For starters, Kimbo has to know that the reason he’s famous is because of some of his felony fights on Youtube. Sure, training with Bas Rutten wins you some legitimacy points, but that doesn’t give you insta-cred. Who’s the last champion to come out of Rutten’s stable? Training doesn’t work through osmosis – just look at all the average fighters coming out of BJ Penn and Fedor’s camps. So Kimbo will have to prove that he can apply what Bas has taught him against some decent opposition before he can cash in those points. And last time I checked, none of the homeless idiots he knocked out have ever been heard of again, and the guys that he has fought in ‘legitimate’ MMA were all really hand picked to build Kimbo up.
Now, Chuck Liddell has been around the block. He’s paid a serious amount of dues that Kimbo simply hasn’t, and he’s beaten some of the best fighters in the world. I don’t even get the feeling that he’s trying to talk smack simply for the hell of it. This is a man who takes his sport seriously, and to have a street fighter come in and be called “The Next Big Thing in MMA” so prematurely is a slap in the face to all those guys who have been through the grinder for years and years. So I understand his frustration.
For all we know, maybe Kimbo does have a ground game. Maybe he is the next big thing. But until EliteXC has enough faith in him to stop throwing him glass jaw motherfuckers, we won’t know that. So my advice to Kimbo is to have a coke and a smile, and shut the fuck up. It’s natural that people will doubt you when you’re unproven. That’s why you take real fights with real champions to silence them. You don’t track them to their gym and throw down.
That’s what a thug does, guy.