The goods just keep piling on in the wake of EliteXC’s “Heat” which transpired nearly four days ago in Sunrise, Fla. The hubbub now seems to be all about whether or not Seth Petruzelli took a straight up bribe to keep straight up and not invoke a ground game upon one Kimbo Slice.
Here’s a snip from Petruzelli chatting on the radio early yesterday which started the whole mess:
“My original plan was to throw a lot of push kicks, they’re called teeps…have him think that I’m going to throw ‘em to try to rush in more, and then shoot in on him, obviously…I knew I would do alright standing up with him. The promoters kinda 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 and stand up and punch with him.”
Indeed, Seth’s comments warrant a copious amount of suspicion. So much so that many fellow bloggers are already calling for EliteXC’s head on a stick. But not so fast guys, as Petruzelli was quick to clarify (damage control) his earlier statement while speaking to Five Ounces of Pain:
“What was meant to be said was that I wanted to keep the fight standing for myself because I knew that was what the crowd, the promoters, and everyone wanted to see because that’s more exciting than just taking someone to the ground. That was my thing only. I wanted to keep it exciting so I decided to keep it standing. It had nothing to do with anybody else. That was all me.”