Bas Rutten, the MMA legend behind team Kimbo, alas shares his thoughts on the controversial Slice/Thompson meeting which transpired this past weekend in New Jersey. From the post script:
“People ask me if the fight should have been stopped at the end in the second round, I say YES because those are the rules, it should have been stopped because Kimbo didn’t do anything to improve his situation. But I think what made the ref NOT do it was the fact that Kimbo was giving his thumbs up the whole time to let the referee know that he was OK. This was the refs decission, not Kimbo’s.”
“El Guapo” also commented on Kimbo’s mistakes inside the cage, but still looks toward a bright future for the former Miami street fighter:
“He also didnâ€™t close his guard a few times and he should have done that. In round two he had James in a guillotine choke but didnâ€™t close his guard, that was too bad because Thompson escaped exactly how I showed Kimbo that you should escape when your opponent doesnâ€™t close his guard, but you learn from your mistakes so that wonâ€™t happen again either.
…So I have to say that I am very happy with this fight and his performance and that this fight made him WAY stronger for next time. When you get caught in training by something, whether itâ€™s a submission or strike, you learn from that, but there is nothing like learning it the hard way in a fight…They say â€œfatigue makes cowards out of manâ€, well, that wasnâ€™t the case with Kimbo, he kept on fighting, his technique got less because of it and people will now judge him on that, but thatâ€™s OK, he will be a different kind of animal next time.”
Rutten closed by stressing that this was only Kimbo’s fourth MMA fight, and that he is still just a “little guy trying to learn the game.”