EliteXC held a conference call today for the media. Featured guests were EliteXC promoter Gary Shaw, headliners Kimbo Slice and James Thompson, as well as Kimbo’s trainer and MMA legend Bas Rutten.
By far the most entertaining bit came at the beginning of the call. A reporter asked about Dana White’s comments that BJ Penn would “destroy” Kimbo in a fight.
Gary Shaw: Dana White is a jerkoff. That’s what Dana White is, a fucking idiot, and you can quote me on that. If he cared about mixed martial arts and the sport instead of caring about his big ass swimming pool and his own personal gains, he’d understand that statements like that make someone into a jerk. First of all, I love BJ Penn and he is a friend of mine. Kimbo Slice, one shot, would knock BJ Penn out, a 155 pounder. But they are never going to fight, it is an idiotic statement from a complete idiot… Dana White’s an idiot. And if he wasn’t an idiot, May 31 would have been the UFC instead of EliteXC. I rest my case.
Kimbo Slice: You know, it’s a free country and everyone can have their own opinion.
Also of interest was Gary Shaw’s feelings on co-promoting with Affliction as well as the status of an EliteXC heavyweight title and who is in the title picture.
Gary Shaw: Would I work on them in a fight? Yes. I would work with them in a fight. Will I let fighters wear Affliction clothing on our telecast? No. I don’t allow them to wear competitors’ clothing on our telecast. Would I work with Affliction in a co-promotion? Yes.
Right now we’re close to doing a heavyweight title. We’ll probably do a heavyweight title in 2008. Kimbo’s there, James Thompson’s there, obviously (Antonio) Silva is right there at the top.
Thompson also shared his biggest concerns in fighting Kimbo.
Thompson: The beard. I don’t want to get that awful beard rash. No, honestly, he’s a fantastic stand up fighter. I’ve got holes in my stand up defense. I’ve got to make sure I’m tight. I don’t want to go a three round standing war with Kimbo. Eventually I want to get it to the ground.
As did Kimbo about Thompson… he doesn’t have a concern.
Thompson stopped training at Xtreme Couture and is now training in London because “The problem was Shawn Tompkins was a coach and had done a lot of work with Bas and Kimbo. I had done a lot of work with Shawn. I didn’t want to put him in such an awkward position.”
Other than that, there were a few more Kimbo tidbits and not much else. Kimbo wants to fight for the boxing heavyweight championship one day. Gary Shaw believes Kimbo has a soft, gentle side that makes him a good babysitter. Kimbo refrains from drugs, alcohol, smoking, and sex while he is training for a fight (which gets one thinking… Kimbo should probably only babysit when he’s preparing for a fight).