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Old 06-01-2008, 05:12 PM   #21 (permalink)

 
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When I watched the fight I thought it was odd that Kimbo gave the ref a thumbs up to say he was ok, after reading so many people claim he tapped and repeatedly veiwing it I still think it was a thumbs up but Im not so sure, the worst part I think is the claims by Rodgers who claimed during the press confrence that Kimbo tapped and then Garry Shaw instantly decide that Rodgers has said enough. I do believe though that if Kimbo was trying to signal he was ok that he was also scarred to commit to the sign and take his free hand away from trying to break the hold which leads the signal to look rather awkward.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:13 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Certainly looked like tapping to me and the stoppage definitely was early.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:23 PM   #23 (permalink)
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JT said he didn't tap during the post fight conference so I don't know, but the camera zooming out of the action sure looked fishy.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:50 PM   #24 (permalink)
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When I watched it originally and now watching it again in slow motion, I think it was both a tap and a thumbs up. I think he was seriously thinking about tapping, even made the motion of tapping and then decided to play it off by giving the thumbs up. It is clear the first few movements where a tap, Thompson eased up on the choke and then Kimbo immediately gives the thumbs up hoping the ref didn't see or didn't care about the original tapping movement he made.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:53 PM   #25 (permalink)
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When I watched it originally and now watching it again in slow motion, I think it was both a tap and a thumbs up. I think he was seriously thinking about tapping, even made the motion of tapping and then decided to play it off by giving the thumbs up. It is clear the first few movements where a tap, Thompson eased up on the choke and then Kimbo immediately gives the thumbs up hoping the ref didn't see or didn't care about the original tapping movement he made.
That is precisely what I think happened as well.

Makes perfect sense, too. I'm sure Thompson's strength scared the shit out of him when he actually started locking bodies with the guy.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:18 PM   #26 (permalink)
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He was giving a thumbs up. It looks like a tap on the computer with poor quality, but when I was watching it live on TV it was clearly not a tap.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:22 PM   #27 (permalink)
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this fight was totally rigged! They stood the fight up when Thompson was clearly dominating on the ground. Then, he takes him back down and lands a ton of elbows and they don't call the fight, but yet they called every other fight of the night early. So they stop the fight when Kimbo hits him in the ear!? Thompson was still in that fight, but yet there were at least 2 times when the fight should have been over for Kimbo. BS!
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:26 PM   #28 (permalink)
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this fight was totally rigged! They stood the fight up when Thompson was clearly dominating on the ground. Then, he takes him back down and lands a ton of elbows and they don't call the fight, but yet they called every other fight of the night early. So they stop the fight when Kimbo hits him in the ear!? Thompson was still in that fight, but yet there were at least 2 times when the fight should have been over for Kimbo. BS!
I agree it was a bullshit stoppage, but that is not the topic. The topic is did Kimbo tap to the guillotine, and I don't think he did.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:38 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I agree it was a bullshit stoppage, but that is not the topic. The topic is did Kimbo tap to the guillotine, and I don't think he did.
I disagree based purely on the fact that they zoomed out, have you ever seen the cameras zoom out of the action during a fight?
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:46 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I disagree based purely on the fact that they zoomed out, have you ever seen the cameras zoom out of the action during a fight?
Actually, in Pride, they did sometimes zoom on the crowd during the action, which really pissed me off, but that's beside the point.

The zoom-out is questionable, but hardly proof that Kimbo tapped. There are other things that happened in the fight that were much worse in my opinon, such as the lack of a stoppage at the end of round 2, and the shitty stoppage for Kimbo. The only good thing about this fight was JT slapping the ref.
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