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KALIN: Aside from Brett Rogers, who are some big name fighters that you are sponsoring or have your eyes on sponsoring?

BB: I'm going to start sponsoring King Mo Lawal. There's a few other Strikeforce guys that I have my eye on. I don't really deal with the UFC much. That's an organization where the guys aren't allowed to do much. It's like one or two guys make all the money and the rest can't get much.

KALIN: We'll get back to your view on the UFC here in a minute, but first King Mo is a great guy and I think you two will make a great team on that sponsorship deal.

BB: Exactly. I held a mirror for him in his fight against Mousassi. He had to look good. I like his personality man. He's good for the sport. He doesn't take himself seriously. There's nothing worse than a fighter who takes himself too seriously. King Mo is in the gym joking and walks to the ring with a crown and dancing girls. I really like Mayhem Miller.

KALIN: Speaking of Mayhem, what did you think about the post fight brawl in Nashville?

BB: It was unfortunate that it happened, but I feel that there was too many people in the cage to begin with. I feel like the Diaz brothers shouldn't of been in there. I think the only people that should have been in there was Jake Shields, his trainers, the ref, Gus Johnson, and then if they wanted bring Mayhem in.

KALIN: Now that Kimbo has been cut from the UFC there is a chance of him potentially making the move to Strikeforce down the road. Is that a fighter that you would be interested in sponsoring?

BB: You know what man Kimbo has his own set of sponsorships. I like Kimbo as a person, I like his management, but I feel like Dana White used him. Dana White called the guy out, got him on his Ultimate Fighter show, got the best ratings on Spike TV ever for that show, gave the guy two fights, and then dumped him. If that ain't a used situation, then I don't know what is. If they didn't have Kimbo then the ratings on that season of The Ultimate Fighter would have been trash. I feel like he should of given Kimbo at least four fights before he put him out of the organization considering he won his debut. I feel like Dana White totally used him and I would totally welcome him to Strikeforce. I would like to see him and Brett Rogers fight because in Elite XC those guys were mouthing off and trying to get something going. I would like to see Kimbo fight Brett, Bobby Lashley, and somebody with a more similar style to his. He's been fighting bigger guys. Mitrione is a pretty huge dude. I just feel like he was used by the UFC and then pushed aside.

KALIN: Whenever I'm talking or writing about a situation I try to be as real as I can about things. In the UFC Kimbo was 1-1 with his only loss being to an undefeated fighter. Between him having an even record and bringing in monster ratings, I don't see how the UFC could of let him go. Kimbo himself claims to not be a good fighter, but that he tries his hardest and keeps trying to improve. Makes me feel bad for the guy.

BB: Well look at UFC. Mr. White bad mouthed Mr. Coker about bringing in Herschel Walker and then he turns around and brings in James Toney. At least Herschel has been doing karate all of his life and is a black belt. The mans been doing some type of mixed martial arts his whole life. To criticize one organization and say that they're bringing in an over the hill guy and then you bring in Toney...that's contradictory and hypocritical. That's why I don't really watch UFC. That's why I like Strikeforce, because I can go to a fight and I can see a father with his son at the fight, eating popcorn, and not spending $300 for just decent seats. It's not restricted to corporate sponsors and people who have the money to see it. I don't want to see that as a consumer. I'd rather see something on CBS where people can watch it for free or Showtime or something of that nature. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching UFC the times that I do, but I would never attend a fight. I don't want to go.

KALIN: What about how Scott Coker handles his business makes you such a big supporter?

BB: I love how Mr. Coker handles business. He's a great and outstanding guy. He's a great business man and I like him as a person. I've talked to him on many occasions and he's just a great outstanding person. I like how he runs his organization. I wish Strikeforce nothing but luck. Whenever they do an event the UFC always tries to rival it, but there's enough money to go around with everybody. There's enough fans to where if you like Strikeforce you like Strikeforce. If you like UFC you like UFC. Like somebody told me, when you think of tissues, you think of Kleenex. UFC is the Kleenex of mixed martial arts, but there are other brands that you can use. There's other brands that work and do very well. I think that Strikeforce is a very organized and doing well organization. You're going to see in the fall how good these guys really are. There's a lot of stuff on the horizon that nobody is talking about that's going to be real big for Strikeforce.

KALIN: Why is Fedor not fighting Overeem for the title?

BB: Well Overeem was over in his neck of the woods in Japan fighting and doing his thing and there was a problem with Fedor and his contract and what was going on in that end. I guarantee that if Fedor beats Fabricio Werdum on the 26th you might just see that fight. Like I said before, there is something really big coming this fall with Strikeforce. Just be watching. Just be watching, because they will set the MMA attendance record before the UFC does. Watch what I tell you.
 

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Ugh, I have to disect this mess.

http://thegarv.com/Exclusive-Interview-MTV-s-Big-Black-on-MMA.html

KALIN: Aside from Brett Rogers, who are some big name fighters that you are sponsoring or have your eyes on sponsoring?

BB: I'm going to start sponsoring King Mo Lawal. There's a few other Strikeforce guys that I have my eye on. I don't really deal with the UFC much. That's an organization where the guys aren't allowed to do much. It's like one or two guys make all the money and the rest can't get much.
Has he looked at a Strikeforce payroll? The UFC does a fairly decent job looking after the lower tier guys compared to a lot of promotions.
KALIN: Now that Kimbo has been cut from the UFC there is a chance of him potentially making the move to Strikeforce down the road. Is that a fighter that you would be interested in sponsoring?

BB: You know what man Kimbo has his own set of sponsorships. I like Kimbo as a person, I like his management, but I feel like Dana White used him. Dana White called the guy out, got him on his Ultimate Fighter show, got the best ratings on Spike TV ever for that show, gave the guy two fights, and then dumped him. If that ain't a used situation, then I don't know what is. If they didn't have Kimbo then the ratings on that season of The Ultimate Fighter would have been trash. I feel like he should of given Kimbo at least four fights before he put him out of the organization considering he won his debut. I feel like Dana White totally used him and I would totally welcome him to Strikeforce. I would like to see him and Brett Rogers fight because in Elite XC those guys were mouthing off and trying to get something going. I would like to see Kimbo fight Brett, Bobby Lashley, and somebody with a more similar style to his. He's been fighting bigger guys. Mitrione is a pretty huge dude. I just feel like he was used by the UFC and then pushed aside.
Come on, Dana was honest and said he felt Kimbo couldn't hack it, Kimbo took him up on an offer to prove him wrong and failed. Dana was nothing but respectful with Kimbo and even gave him two fights with guys he was expected to beat and expected to look good doing.
KALIN: Whenever I'm talking or writing about a situation I try to be as real as I can about things. In the UFC Kimbo was 1-1 with his only loss being to an undefeated fighter. Between him having an even record and bringing in monster ratings, I don't see how the UFC could of let him go. Kimbo himself claims to not be a good fighter, but that he tries his hardest and keeps trying to improve. Makes me feel bad for the guy.
Lets ignore the "undefeated" fighter had a single professional bout to his name against possibly the weakest chin in HW history.
BB: Well look at UFC. Mr. White bad mouthed Mr. Coker about bringing in Herschel Walker and then he turns around and brings in James Toney. At least Herschel has been doing karate all of his life and is a black belt. The mans been doing some type of mixed martial arts his whole life. To criticize one organization and say that they're bringing in an over the hill guy and then you bring in Toney...that's contradictory and hypocritical. That's why I don't really watch UFC. That's why I like Strikeforce, because I can go to a fight and I can see a father with his son at the fight, eating popcorn, and not spending $300 for just decent seats. It's not restricted to corporate sponsors and people who have the money to see it. I don't want to see that as a consumer. I'd rather see something on CBS where people can watch it for free or Showtime or something of that nature. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching UFC the times that I do, but I would never attend a fight. I don't want to go.
Are we reallu comparing a football player who took karate to a world champion boxer? Don't get me wrong Toney is a bit of a freak show but compared to Walker its night and day at least as long as it stays standing Toney can box, Walker is in a cage without a football or bobsled in sight.
 

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tell it like it is BB!

Dana white is a big fat hypocrite and a big asshole. He not only used Kimbo he tossed him out like a pair of dirty drawers.
 

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How about this, if Kimbo would have won, he'd still be in in the UFC. Ever thought of that? You can't lose to a number of TUF guys, and think you're staying in the best organization on the planet.
 

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How about this, if Kimbo would have won, he'd still be in in the UFC. Ever thought of that? You can't lose to a number of TUF guys, and think you're staying in the best organization on the planet.
Exactly! Dana did nothing wrong. He extended an offer to Kimbo and he took it. End of story, end of thread.
 

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Exactly! Dana did nothing wrong. He extended an offer to Kimbo and he took it. End of story, end of thread.


This. Dana does alot of things that i am critical of, but in this instance he did nothing to be condemned for.
 

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Dana did in a way use Kimbo if you wanna put it like that, Used his popularity to make money.

In the end it was Kimbo's fault for having such a short career in the UFC. Both of his fights he completely gassed, and also looked horrible against MEATHEAD.
 

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Since when did he start talking MMA all of teh sudden?lol just earlier I saw a video interview from the last event. Weird anyways I dont think BB needs to tell everyone what was obvious from the get go
 

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If Dana really wanted to "use" Kimbo he could of easily put him straight into a main event against a Chuck Liddell or a Rampage Jackson, made huge PPV numbers and then drop him. If anything Dana tried his best to build Kimbo up and make him look respectable even to the Hardcore fans and did a pretty good job of it. Most Hardcore fans now at least respect him as a person and not bad for the sport street fighter like he was before UFC.
 

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If Dana really wanted to "use" Kimbo he could of easily put him straight into a main event against a Chuck Liddell or a Rampage Jackson, made huge PPV numbers and then drop him. If anything Dana tried his best to build Kimbo up and make him look respectable even to the Hardcore fans and did a pretty good job of it. Most Hardcore fans now at least respect him as a person and not bad for the sport street fighter like he was before UFC.

This is coming from a Kimbo fan, I am a fan of Kimbo mainly because of his attitude, I really liked his attitude and personality on TUF.

Dana just gave him PURE strikers, If he really didnt use Kimbo, he would have gave him more of a opportunity. Who gets cut from the UFC after losing only 1 fight, he is 1-1 inside the UFC. He is a hypocrite, but I guess that comes with being a business man and trying to make the most money possible against other competition.

Dana couldnt give Kimbo a Rampage or Liddell, He would completely ruin the integrity of the sport.
 

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This is coming from a Kimbo fan, I am a fan of Kimbo mainly because of his attitude, I really liked his attitude and personality on TUF.

Dana just gave him PURE strikers, If he really didnt use Kimbo, he would have gave him more of a opportunity. Who gets cut from the UFC after losing only 1 fight, he is 1-1 inside the UFC. He is a hypocrite, but I guess that comes with being a business man and trying to make the most money possible against other competition.
More of a opportunity? against who? he gave him some of the weakest fighters in the division and as expected he didnt perform well enough, simply as that. How can putting him mid card against weak fighters be using him? that to me is trying to improve him like any other fighter.

Why would dana continue to pay huge money for a guy who simply shouldnt be there? he gave Kimbo the best opportunity of his life, made everyone like him as a person on TUF and gave him weak opponents that he should of beat, but he didnt, so what more could he of done for the guy?

Dana couldnt give Kimbo a Rampage or Liddell, He would completely ruin the integrity of the sport.
yeah and that would be using him to cash in on his name, hence why Dana never did that, he tried his best to help Kimbo out and gave him all the props in the world. In no way, shape or form did Dana use Kimbo IMO.

You could say he used him in TUF for the Ratings, but doesnt matter what he done with Kimbo he still would of drew huge numbers, theres was no avoiding that. So he used that both Kimbos and UFCs advantage to not only get him on TV but to get the fans to like him also and it worked. Now watch all the other orgs use his name now.
 

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yeah and that would be using him to cash in on his name, hence why Dana never did that, he tried his best to help Kimbo out and gave him all the props in the world. In no way, shape or form did Dana use Kimbo IMO.

You could say he used him in TUF for the Ratings, but doesnt matter what he done with Kimbo he still would of drew huge numbers, theres was no avoiding that. So he used that both Kimbos and UFCs advantage to not only get him on TV but to get the fans to like him also and it worked. Now watch all the other orgs use his name now.
You got some fair points until we get to this one. No matter how much money Dana could possibly make with having a Kimbo vs Rampage fight, It would turn off many of the hardcore fans, and it could possibly tarnish the UFC.

That is to say that even a fighter of the caliber of Rampage/Liddell would even accept a fight with Kimbo in the first place...
 

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So im the only one wonderin who the **** Big Black is? He's a white guy right?
 

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By this logic doesn't the UFC and well all Major MMA Promotions virtually use there fighters. I mean Dana brings in tons of fighters who he uses to make money and then if they can't cut it he gives them the boot. Did Dana use Scott Junk? Why is the only guy who got cut after TUF who got "used" was Kimbo. Why because he was more well known? He got payed more cause he was more well known to.

I would like to add it could be said Kimbo used the UFC to increase his notoriety despite knowing he couldn't compete at the highest level.
 
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