Originally Posted by Severn
"It's not a UFC program. It's a mixed martial arts even featuring fighters from Elite XC." I had to keep my cool because I said that several times and since I'm the open MMA fan here in the office everyone’s going to me making small talk. It's unfortunate that these guys first impersonation of Elite XC was Kimbo/Thompson.
I had to repeat to myself that Kimbo shouldn't be in the main event of a CBS MMA event. Of course I was asked the obvious "If he's so green like you say then why was he in the main event?” The answer of Gary Shaw is an "opportunistic prick" isn't a good enough answer since they don't know who Shaw is.
It's a frustrating day. Anyone else experiencing this post Saturday Night Kimbo phenomenon?
I had someone come up to me at work and say, "I saw the Ultimate Extreme Cage Fighting on Saturday. Those guys are great, tough athletes. That ear was sick. -Insert more comments here-"
Ultimate Extreme Cage Fighting, lol.
All we needed was for it to be "Ultimate Extreme Cage Fighting Fury Rage Championship" and we would have had a whole bunch of organizations in there.
Yeah, I had to do some explanations too. Saying that those guys are good fighters, there are other organizations out there. Kimbo isn't everything the hype makes him out to be, but that isn't his fault and he wants to succeed and is working hard, etc.
And a lot of people noticed that.. that Kimbo was some hype.
Bottom line, it has people talking about the sport. Sure, the hardcores are pissed off. But in the eyes of the outside folks, it was entertainment.