Kimbo Slice has been surrounded by controversy in one manner or another since he upped the ante from streetfighting for YouTube viewers to embarking on a career as a professional mixed martial artist.
After coming to the conclusion that maybe MMA wasn’t for him, Slice transitioned to professional boxing, where he’s picked up a 4-0 record over unknown (and occasionally undersized) competition. In his most recent boxing match, Slice faced off against a middleweight MMA fighter named Brian Green. Green took it to Slice for the majority of four rounds and was then unceremoniously knocked out in the closing seconds of the fourth.
Many fans saw the fight as a work, considering Slice’s past with such dubiousness and the way that Green went down off of what seemed like a weak punch.
Admittedly, upon first viewing, it’s hard not to think that something is up with the finish. However, Green recently took to The Underground to passionately explain why that fight was anything but fixed.
Here’s the deal people.
First of all, I would NEVER throw a fight, take a dive, whatever you want to call it. I have been fighting for 9 years now starting as a punk 17 year old kid, evolved into a professional mixed martial artist.
I have fought 9 UFC veterans. Yes, I lost to all except breaking Nik Lentz’s arm (thank you for reminding me about the losses) Yes I realize the Lentz fight was several years ago, but my heart won me that fight, and has won me SEVERAL fights since, and before then as well.
After I took a few big shots from Kimbo, and did not get hurt from them, my confidence started to build, THEN I got the crowd behind me. Hearing thousands of people chanting my name, I can not explain with words the feeling that made me feel. I was putting my hands up, getting the crowd more into it,and at the same time attempting to get in Kimbos head, as I had been trying to do since the press conference & weigh ins. My adrenaline was pumping, and though I was tired in the second round as I had never trained specifically for a BOXING match, but not completely out of shape as I had been training for my April 13th fight, I continued to feed off the energy of the crowd, and attempt to land the finishing KO shots on Kimbo. I ALMOST DID. Several Times. Watch the WHOLE fight not just the 4th round when we were both Gassed.
As far as the actual Knockout… I know you people who sit on your couch and eat doritos know everything there is to know about fighting, BUT Maybe, Just MAYBE you didn’t take into account that the shot that turned out my light switch was actually THREE punches on the button. Not just the uppercut, the first uppercut, then the straight right, and then the final hook/uppercut that finished.
I fight at 185lbs people, going to 170, as I’m on a career best win streak, and i would do best at 170 instead of 185 against other monsters in the MW division. (Not that I couldn’t give some of them a tough fight, or beat them, but I would have the most success at WW.
Now put all this into perspective, on top of the fact that I had been eating shots (AND GOT ROCKED PROBABLY SIX TIMES EARLIER IN THE FIGHT) Then, on top of all the wearing down punches, me being tired from throwing on him, and the absorbtion of all this, Before a 260lb Gorilla who has a ton of muscle in his body hitting me three times in a row RIGHT on the button. I dont care if they were arm punches or he got everything into it, either way, on a tired fighter, those can deliver a Knockout.
And another thing I thought about, IF i were to throw this fight, to make Kimbo look good right? HOW does it make him look good that i SMOKED him being 2 weight classes under for the whole fight, until he caught me with the three punch combination.. How does that improve his career?
Regardless, I NEVER would throw a fight. Talk to anyone who knows me, or watch me fight Joe Vedepo on youtube, where my shoulder got dislocated brutally 2 times in the fight, and I pop it back in the socket and continue to fight 3 more rounds cut open, dang near beat to death, but NEVER giving up. I have more heart than many fighters you’ll ever see.
Even if I didn’t get caught in the last 3 seconds (btw I didn’t know the time of the round, because I couldn’t hear my corner, or the 10-second warning) I’m sure you people would find SOMETHING to say, saying Kimbo threw the fight against me or something.
Also If I’m going to Dive, I would PROBABLY do it before getting my ORBITAL bone fractured.
For the rest of Green’s defense, head over to the UG and check out the thread.