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Kimbo Slice is a brawler, a street fighter, trained in MMA, invincible and powerful. He has taken on all challengers and beat them all.

An entire industry has built itself around this one time street bum, and he wowed everyone with his fighting prowess. Youtube videos of his fights are popular, he beat all comers and challengers, he is great.

He came into this last match with an entourage and his family all expecting to see yet another Kimbo Slice win. Yet in under 30 seconds he was down and out barely throwing a punch, shocking not only himself but everyone around him.

A journeyman fighter Seth Petruzelli , who had taken a year off from fighting, a late stand in, replacing the advertised opponent, took him out barely raising a sweat.

By netchicken: posted on 7-10-2008

I remember my mate linking videos of Kimbo beating people up. Never liked this fellow, too big and noisy for my liking. I thought about linking this one back at my friend, It'd be an ideal response, a cool karate guy beating the big bad brawler.

Unfortunately Seth Petruzelli looks like a total douche, especially once he starts running around the ring with a stupid smirk on his face.
By Ela: posted on 7-10-2008

I think he was just overcome with what happened. Imagine going in against Kimbo, having been away from mma for a year, and expecting to be on the receiving end of a beating. Then to knock out the big guy with barely a mark on you, or breaking out in sweat. Still he doesn't come across well being so victorious. I imagine in a rematch he would get beaten easily.
By netchicken: posted on 8-10-2008

Whoa! Is MMA going the way of WWF? I think they just wanted Seth to keep it off the mat as it gets boring then, and winning by an arm break isn't the most exciting.

Seth Petruzelli, after going from nobody to national celebrity for punching out Kimbo Slice, went on the radio Monday. He delivered a shot potentially more powerful than anything he threw Saturday.

He said his original plan against Kimbo was to get him to the ground and exploit his weak wrestling skills and submission defense. It made more sense than trading punches with a street brawler who outweighed him by 30 pounds. Petruzelli said he changed his mind though.
... Quote:
The promoters kind of hinted to me, and they gave me the money to stand and trade with him. They didn’t want me to take him down, let’s just put it that way. It was worth my while to try to stand up and punch with him.

The quote spoke of an attempt to if not rig the fight, then make it favorable for Slice, the main star and cash cow of the EliteXC promotion.

Such an action would be a disaster for mixed martial arts as it attempts to convince mainstream audiences it isn’t scripted pro wrestling or a farcical Toughman contest. If EliteXC gave Petruzelli money to fight one way, it would open itself to all sorts of investigations.

The allegation rocketed around the country, making bigger post-fight news than pictures of Petruzelli in drag (more on that later. Needless to say, it’s been a wild couple of days for him).

EliteXC’s Jared Shaw immediately denied the fixing charge to Yahoo! Sports and fellow executive Jeremy Lappen did the same to

Tuesday, Petruzelli said he got the story confused.
... Quote:
What that meant was they offer a knockout bonus, submission bonuses, fight of the night bonuses,. I think it just got misconstrued. I wanted to have an exciting fight and I wanted the knock out bonus so I wanted to keep it standing.

So did they say anything about keeping the fight off the ground?

“They just said, ‘we want to see an exciting fight no matter what happens.’ I took it as I wanted the knockout bonus.”
By netchicken: posted on 9-10-2008

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