5/29/2008 6:07pm, #11
Obviously you missed the memo, Bashing Kimbo is now uncool.
5/29/2008 6:24pm, #12
Why is politically correct asshole Bill O'Reilly bashing on Kimbo Slice for being black?
oh, it's beacause people like Bill will try any half assed arguement to mask their racism, like he does with hispanics and arabs.
I saw an interview with kimbo, and he seems like a pretty smart, decent, hard working guy.
5/29/2008 6:31pm, #13
Kimbo's whole persona is based on careful marketing, (why else would an amatur-level/low-level professional fighter like him be headlining events?) and instead of attacking the sport as a whole, people like O'Reilly use him to attack the sport. It's pretty easy, too. He's a scary looking black man who got famous fighting in parking lots and backyards.
5/29/2008 6:41pm, #14
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This just makes me wonder: what if Kimbo loses. I mean EXC, whose entire marketing of this fight is resting on Kimbo, hardly mentions James' name in the adverts. So if James won, I can imagine the John Q. Public wonder "Who the heck is this James guy? Isn't Kimbo supposed to win or something?" It just seems to me they are putting a lot on Kimbo's shoulders and should he not win, then wth is EXC going to do?
This reminds me of something about eggs and a basket.....
5/29/2008 6:42pm, #15
Originally Posted by WhiteShark
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While I respect Kimbo's dedication and training and hope he does well, this article makes a very valid point. He hasn't accomplished a single damn thing to warrant the hype.
And that building your brand around him as EliteXC is doing is very risky, he'll either live up to the hype or be a sever disappointment when he finally fights someone in the top 30 for heavy weights.
Also I think Elite is kind of hopping that the noob MMA fans will keep supporting Kimbo with out having to give him real competition.
At some point though some the people will want to see Kimbo VS a well known free agent, like Tim Sylvia, Monson, Arlovski or something, and frankly he'll be destroyed so quickly it will hurt them.
I think EliteXC will be the Arena football league to the UFC as NFL.
5/29/2008 6:47pm, #16Originally Posted by Razamataz
I don't know what to call it, but I'll use the word "Whoring" for lack of a better one.
5/29/2008 6:51pm, #17
Oh yeah, I have no idea why kimbo would accept hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight cans, doesn't he realize that they are just using him?
5/29/2008 9:18pm, #18Originally Posted by Domite
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5/29/2008 9:56pm, #20
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As someone above mentioned conservatives, I wanted to point out that Bill O'Reilly is much more a populist with some conservative views than an actual conservative. He's more the type to see himself as a tribune for the common man than have a coherent conservative philosophy.
On topic, I'm interested to see Kimbo's fight and to see if free, network tv MMA can take off.