It’s funny to think that just a week ago we were talking about Kalib Starnes never getting any attention around here. And now it’s like Kalib fucking Starnes is the only thing anyone can talk about. After UFC82, everyone couldn’t shut up about how totally sweet Anderson Silva is … that was the story of the week then. Now, it’s Starnes’ turn to be in the spotlight. Too bad for him it’s the “We wish we could hate you to death” spotlight.
I’m sure over the next week you’re going to be hearing more stories from Starnes about why he sucked it up all over the Octagon last weekend. But here’s the official line thus far from him:
“Right now, I have a broken foot [that] I sustained with the first kick I threw in the fight,” Starnes said. “My leg is purple and black from my knee up, I have a black eye, a sprained jaw, and he’s questioning my desire to fight? If that isn’t enough to satisfy him and the crowd, I can show them the medical report. I can barely walk. [Quarry] totally destroyed my thigh with those kicks. I’m sure a lot of people would rather see me suffer a traumatic brain injury and be rendered unconscious. That’s too bad. If that’s what they want, they’re paying the wrong guy $10,000 to get his brain smashed in.”
Now I might be missing something, but isn’t blaming your running away on a broken foot the same as blaming punching too much on a broken hand? As well, I’m pretty sure there’s a few shades between “running like a bitch” and “receiving traumatic brain injury”. Some fighters manage to find that magical balance from time to time. I’m just saying.
It’ll be interesting to see what news comes up once the UFC has completed it’s paperwork and paid Kalib his moneys. I don’t doubt there’ll be another song and dance … there always is with him. Honestly, unless the dude wants to become the next Gabe Ruediger he needs to just shut the fuck up, or here’s a thought: apologize for having a shitty fight. I’m pretty sure it’s already too late at this point, but shit … if Darth Vader can turn around from being Ultimate Fucker of the Galaxy to tossing the Emperor down that death star shaft, then there’s still gotta be hope for Kalib too.