Posts Tagged ‘prejudice


Kimbo Slices Into Tank Abbott and Exposes Americas Racial Divide.

Kimbo Slice

I was at a fight party. Usually when their is a fight that is worth watching, me and my crew get together at somebodys house and watch it. Actually, there were two “fights” that were on that night. Jermaine Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik and Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbott. Ironically, both bouts pitted White and Black fighters against each other. But we are going to stay the course and focus on the Kimbo fight.

Kimbo was 2-0 going into his fight with Tank (who is at a vibrant 42 years of age) who by the way is a veteran to the world of mma but he is deffinitely past his prime. As the fight starts, it is apparent early on that Kimbo is going to decide when this fight ends. A blow to the back of the head causes the referee to stop the fight (illegal in most mma circles) giving Tank a reprieve and he is given more time to survive. Later in the fight, the fight is again stopped because Kimbos mouth piece is missing. Kimbo finds his mouth piece and then flings it into the audience. A gesture which should endear him to an extent to a casual or avid mma fan. But then again, with all that gold crap that is in his mouth, it is OBVIOUS that he does not give a crap about his teeth.

But to make a short story, and a short fight even shorter, Kimbo drops Tank a couple of times and the fight is ended. At the fight party I was attending, an attendee was adamant that Kimbo would lose to a “real” fighter. That a Randy Coture would tap him out. I usually confront people on sports related issues but I had a little bit to drink and it was my friends birthday so I let it go for the time being.

I then wanted to check the pulse of the nation, if you will, so I headed to the message boards. The reoccuring theme was that Kimbo could not beat a “real” fighter. That he would be destroyed by _______ (fill in the blank with any white fighter and that was most commonly used). And that other fighters would just tap him out. These were the “criticisms” of Kimbos performance against Tank Abbott. These were the “reasons” why people don’t like Kimbo and or want to see him defeated.

A couple of things jump out at me when I read these criticisms. So I would like to address each of them”

  1. Kimbo has only had three MMA fights. Whenever a fighter, be it boxer or any type of mma fighter starts their career, the difficulty of their opposition increases as they progress. In other words, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and Tommy the “Hit Man” Hearns did not decide who was the baddest middleweight on the planet until both of them were 20-30 professional fights into their careers. To ask Kimbo to fight an established fighter in his 4th pro fight would be unprecedented and stupid. Stupid from a business standpoint and from a fighter development standpoint. From a fighters standpoint, we have to look at former Olympic gold medalist David Reid (a whopping 14-0) when he fought Felix “Tito” Trinidad and was annihialated so thoroughly that he ended his career at 17-2! An unheard of fate for a former Olympic gold medalist. From a business standpoint, we all know or should have learned, that fights become jucier as the two potential combatants build up their resumes. That is when the public gets the time to debate who is better and then they feel compelled to pay money in order to see who is better.
  2. Bob Arum said that the only consumer group that boxing is losing to MMA/UFC is young white males. “Boxing was impacted by MMA in one group and one group alone — the young, male, Caucasian demographic,” said Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. “They tended to go away from boxing and to mixed martial arts.” That was largely because, Arum said, the young white males looked at most of the UFC fighters and saw themselves. Unfortunately, this groups loyalty to MMA has a way of negatively manifesting itself when non white fighters have success in the UFC/MMA field. You will not be able to convince me otherwise because I have seen FAR to many Black/African American fighters get booed after victories over their white counterparts. I always pay attention to that type of detail and it always bothers me. The reason being, if you truly LOVE a sport, then it should not matter what color the competitors in it are.
  3. Another opinion expressed as to why, Kimbo is no good, and this is why I want to see him lose, is because some submissions expert would just make him tap out. This view is just skin color prejudice all dressed up in a nice two piece suit. Objectively speaking, most people prefer to see people pound each others brains out. Further proof of this is the disdain that UFC fans had for Royce Gracie (grappler/submissions expert) in his prime and the LOVE they have for Chuck Lidell (striker/KO artist).

The mma/ufc fans need to give Kimbo time to build his resume. He needs to get some wins and experience under his belt and then let him fight the better mma fighters out there, regardless of what league they are in. Personally, I would like to see Kimbo fight Bob Sapp, Butterbean and Mike Tyson. That is two novelties and one former legendary heavyweight champion. I am well aware that those three opponents are not great in any aspect of the word but you have to admit that all 3 of them deserve to have their asses kicked.

But I was compelled to write this article due to what I perceive as skin color prejudice against Kimbo. On the surface, Kimbo appears to be a very honorable fighter. After he beat Ray Mercer, he wanted to shake his hand but Ray Mercer left the ring. Kimbo called him out and said that he showed poor sportsmanship. All you have to do is watch his you tube fights to see that he is really a blue colar type of guy who respects his opponents and his craft. If anything, Kimbo is somewhat of an old school fighter in that you would have to kill him in order to defeat him. He has said on numerous occasions that he would rather pass out than tap out if put into a submission hold. This type of fighter/competitor should be EMBRACED by the mma/ufc community! He represents everything UFC/mma fans claim to like in the first place!

Yeah the fans claimed to be fans of UFC and mma because of their love of the sport but as I see it, all these Kimbo detractors loved was seeing White champions.

Oh yeah, happy Black history month!


Blog Stats

  • 11,147 hits
July 2018
« Feb