Novell G. Bell gives the scoop on what really went on behind the scenes of BET's Iron Ring and sets the record straight on the whole Nick Thompson situation.
On the Iron Ring...
"I would have focused more on the coaches and fighters. I think they put to much drama on the rappers. I think they should have let people know more about the coaches and fighters. It was a lot of bullshit in the game basically behind the scenes with the Iron Ring. A lot of the cats, they didnít really train them..."
"That shitís over so I could say whatever the fvck I want to say now (laughing). They didnít let nobody really train them."
"They were talking like we were going to be living in a house in Harlem and stuff like that. I thought it was going to be some shit like that. I get there and it was like 3 days on the set and when I went to New Orleans, I didnít really know them cats."
"I think they shouldíve showed the background of these guys more. They made that cat from Nellyís team [Jermaine Andre] look like a fvcking saint. A lot of these guys knew their shit, but they never got the opportunity to show their shit and thatís because of David Ivan."
On the Nick Thompson situation...
"My man Maoshan had said some shit about mixed martial artist, basically stating his opinion. Everybody got a right to their opinion. Itís the same thing about cats saying Kung Fu ainít shit, but you donít see me flipping out about it because I could give a flying ****. The bottom line is, I donít even know this dude."
"I donít know the man, but I ainít a bitch either. I told my man Sean that he was talking about fighting for $40,000 or whatever it was. He contacted my man Sean back. Like I said, if Iím going to get down, Iím going to get paid, but I ainít got no money like that. Iím from the hood."
"I respect any man that steps in the ring, but I ainít going to let no man call me out. I told my man Sean he had to get me an interview with FightHype so I can clear this shit up."
"I study Jiu Jitsu and I spar with a lot of mixed martial artist, but competition ainít my thing. I do it more for the conditioning. If you want to do this, it is no problem if the moneyís right. If he has $40,000, like he claims, then itís no problem. I know my man can take him out."
"Anybody that knows me knows I donít even get down like that, talking down on a fighter. The way I feel about it is if Nick approaches me the wrong way, itís going to be on. This shit is getting crazy. Iím trying to get into the entertainment field man. Iím not even thinking about a fight, but Iíll throw down with a cat."
"Maybe because Iím 40-years-old and whatnot, heís getting it twisted."
"I donít want him to get it twisted because heís saying I said these things and his real problem is my man Maoshan. Heís a good business man and I give him respect for that because I can see the way heís trying to hype himself up. I follow a lot of these cats like Nick Diaz, Rashad Evans and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and all of them and they some mean motherfvckers, but who the fvck is Nick Thompson?"
"Heís some Midwest mother****er. I have seen his clips man. He has a lazy ass left hand and no right hand; he canít even box."
"Iím not going to shoot a mother****er. I got friends with mad gyms. My man Rich Garcia got a big ass cage so he needs to fly his ass over here and we can see what the problem is because other than that, I donít have no beef with him unless he comes at me with some bullshit."
"Heís not even an elite fighter. If he wants to fight, come off of that money."
"Fvck the hype, we can get it poppiní if he wants to come up with the fvckiní money. I ainít coming down out of my weight for his ass either."
"He tried to say I said all of this shit, but I got love for all fighters. Why would I say shit about mixed martial artists?"
Wow. Actually, it's a pretty good read. A lot more about the Nick Thompson situation in the full interview: