Apparently, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell doesnâ€™t care much for MMA newcomer Kevin â€œKimbo Sliceâ€ Ferguson. Here is an excerpt from Liddellâ€™s recent interview with English publication The Sun.
On Kimboâ€™s last fight:
â€œWhen Kimbo fought Cantrell, that was the third time he’s been knocked out in under 30 seconds…the THIRD time! So is that a real fight? I mean come on! The guy tapped before he hit the matt – he was tapping on the way down.â€
On Kimboâ€™s talent or, lack there of:
â€œKimbo’s one of those guys who doesn’t have any ground game. He’s training and he’s learning but he’s been built up as such a big star and that’s the thing that bothers me. People talk about him like he’s the next great thing when he really hasn’t done anything.â€
And to cap things off:
â€œHe’s been built up because of the Internet and him beating a bunch of guys on the street. I could make some impressive knockout videos too if you let me walk outside and just punch people and knock them out â€“ “hey you, come fight! F*** we can make a highlight reel tomorrow and go round beating people up and talk about it â€“ we could just go up to people and start dropping them â€“ wow.â€
Okay, so Chuck Liddell dislikes Kimbo Slice, we get that. My question is why does Chuck so passionately hate a man he has likely never even shared the same room with? Liddell sounds awfully bitter toward Slice despite the fact that the two have never even met and as far as I know, Kimbo has never made any sort of public statement about the Iceman. You have to wonder if maybe the reporter stung Liddell with one too many Kimbo questions after which Chuck just snapped or something. I also find the volume of Liddellâ€™s comments very surprising because, traditionally, Liddell had never struck me as a terribly outspoken guy apart from his little feud with Tito Ortiz.
Any how, even if Kimbo Slice fizzles out and fades like so many are hoping he will, at least the man is making a genuine attempt at professional fighting with a great trainer no less, and is from what I can tell taking his MMA path rather seriously. Iâ€™m not a huge Kimbo Slice fan but if I were Bas Rutten, Iâ€™d tell Kimbo to tune out whatever negativity fans or fighters are throwing out there, and just concentrate on becoming the best fighter you can be. I understand itâ€™s easy to hate on Kimbo because of his unpolished street-thug reputation, but before we start cutting this guy down a la Chuck Liddell, letâ€™s at least see what he can do once bigger fights start coming his way. Iâ€™m not convinced either way on Kimbo just yet but in the game of MMA, you never know who could become the next big thing.