[INDENT]I'd like to begin this blog by saying I'm am not really a Kimbo fan. Though I am intrigued by this man as a competitor and will definitely tune in to his fight with Tank Abbott I think his headlining position on the card has somewhat turned me against him which is no fault of his own. In my last blog I touched base on the fight between this internet video street brawler and Tank who hasn't won a fight in damn near ten years. In it I stated that the very fact this headlines an event in a federation that could arguably be looked at as the number two in mixed martial arts to the UFC is a bad thing for the sport. I can't really fault the fighters. Offered the money and the spotlight what are they gonna do say "no give the slot to someone else more deserving, keep me on the undercard?" Not likely. I blaim people like Gary Shaw and honestly the casual fans of the sport. Though I will watch I am not super amped about this fight as some friends of mine who I'd call casual fans are. They were more excited for this fight and the Brock/Mir side show then they were for GSP/Hughes or Lidell/Silva. Sad I know. That being said I would like to give reason for why I AM intrigued with this battle and definitely won't miss it.
[/INDENT][INDENT]In 1995 the world was introduced to a fighter by the name of Tank Abbott. He was in an instant crowd favorite in the UFC with his wild haymakers that alot of times found they're targets and did alot of damage. I was one of those fans. That's right at one time Side was a Tank fan. Though I was about fifteen and a bit greener about the ins and outs of the sport all I seen was a guy knocking people silly in a way I hadn't seen since an in his prime Mike Tyson. Those days have long since past. Even though while writing this I did some more research on Mr. Abbott and found that he was victorious in 2007 over Kim Jihoon and in 2005 over Wesley Correira he is still little more than dead weight past his prime in the cage. I view his opponant with Bas Rutten's training as a younger, stronger, quicker Tank. I believe this will be Tank's farewell match so if you're still a fan make sure you don't miss it! [/INDENT][INDENT]I first came across Kimbo Slice in about 2004. I wasn't on the internet, actually a friend of mine had bought a bootleg copy of the brawlamentry "Ghetto Brawls" and while barely being able to sit through the horrible quality and bad camera angles on thing was different. The camera got more steady and a tad clearer and here we were two big men (one though decidingly bigger) going toe to toe in a back yard. Kimbo gave out some nasty punishment then demanded the other man hit him. Kimbo took that punch and kept punishing the man after. The man wanted to quit but Kimbo refused. Finally the beating was over with Kimbo winning the purse. Now when watching a video like this the first thing that caught my attention was Kimbo looked HUGE. Maybe it was because the cameraman was shorter as I've latter found out that he's about 6'2 250. When first watching it I thought who is this monster? Years latter watching Elite XC I see him matched up against Bo Cantrell. All the early memories I mention rush back to me and I think wow this guy's actually trying to go legit? Damn Bas Rutten's coming to the ring with him and training him? I look on interested as Kimbo disposes of Cantrell in quick though controversial fashion. I'm left actually wondering if this guy can be legit or not. Can Bas really mold this guy into anything other then a haymaker throwing side show freak? I still don't know. Even if he defeats Abott soundly which I expect what is it really proving? Abott's standing in the sport is pretty much a joke these days. [/INDENT][INDENT]I won't miss this fight but at the same time would this not have served better on the under card of Le/Shamrock? Does this fight deserve top billing? A network giant like Showtime showcasing this to the entire world is kind of a slap in the face to the sport. People who don't really know MMA or aren't fans who catch this fight could see this fight and think this is what MMA represents, this is the best of the best. And the boxing critics of MMA? Don't let me get started there. I can hear them now. If Kimbo had decided to go the boxing route though those same guys would worship him as the second coming of Tyson or Hopkins. In closing this is like a train wreck. This is bad for the sport and pretty much most people involved but for some reason I just can't look away. Let's just hope the casualties are minimal. [/INDENT]