On his website, BasRutten.tv, former UFC heavyweight champion and King of Pancrase Bas Rutten commented on Saturday’s main event between Kimbo Slice and James Thompson.
Rutten, the head trainer for Slice, surprisingly has come out and said that the fight should have been stopped in the second round when Thompson had Slice’s arm trapped and was delivering unanswered strikes:
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 decision, not Kimbo’s.
However, Rutten also indicated that he does not believe Kimbo tapped in the first round. Considering his thoughts about the second round, his opinion carries a lot of weight in my mind:
Oh, and he didn’t tap just watch the show.
In order to read Bas’ entire article about the fight, just click here.