Just when we finally thought that Kimbo Slice would be fed with one of the biggest challengers at EliteXC–Brett "The Grim" Rogers. The MMA fighter from the mean streets of Cabrini Green is currently 8-0 and has challenged Kimbo on numerous occasions. However, Gary Shaw and the EliteXC organization have felt that Rogers wasn’t the right opponent for October 4th at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Instead, we’ll be seeing the underground street fighter, Kimbo Slice, take on former UFC fighter Ken "The World’s Most Dangerous Man" Shamrock. Here’s a statement that Brett Rogers and Team Bison (current team training camp) left for Kimbo and EliteXC:
On behalf of Brett Rogers and the Team Bison Camp –
We are getting a lot of requests for interviews concerning the
recently announced Shamrock vs. Slice match up. I believe many people
are looking for us to be upset and join the pig pile on EliteXC. Well,
people have to keep on looking.
Brett has two words tattooed on his arms: one is success and the
other is patience. We of course would like to fight Kimbo here and now.
We would like to fight him today. We would love to fight a legend like
Shamrock as well. We would also like to fight for the title. There is
no doubt we will get to do all three; we just need to have patience and
then we will have success.
As for Elite – this is our home. We are excited to be part of Elite,
CBS and Showtime. We are proud to be part of one of fastest-growing and
best backed promotions in the world. We are proud to be part of a show
that treats their fighters with love and respect and is not afraid to
let their fighters compete outside the boundaries. Elite is also not
afraid to give fighters the opportunity to develop and grow as athletes
and entertainers. Elite has a growing network of mid-level and
developmental shows that are bringing up true up-and-coming talent that
will provide the bedrock of the sport for a long time to come.
I know a lot of people want to dog on Elite; but these same people
would have an MMA world where no more then a dozen guys were making a
living wage. People who think the real world should run just like it
does on their PlayStation. But this is a complicated, difficult
business for every side of the equation. For the fighters, promoters
and everyone else involved. As a camp we have to negotiate, posture,
bully, push, plead to get our share of the love. But at the end of the
day we are Elite.
As for Oct 4th; that was our spot. Shamrock with his name and giant
ego butted in line to get a slice of Kevin. At 103 years of age Ken
usurped our rightful place against the YouTube champ. Our sincerest
hope is that Ken whips Kimbo and then we can finally euthanize the
“World’s Most Dangerous Man” and relegate him to some MMA dinosaur
exhibit. Maybe taxidermy him and Severn and place them on a rotating
pedestal where they can endless circle each other.
If Ken proves to be more sham then rock and Fergi beats him, then
the Slice hype grows even greater. Dude is already more myth then
Sasquatch, Chupacabra and a fucking unicorn combined. Kevin is the
Caught between a Shamrock and a hard place, Kevin has chosen the old
over the new; the past over the future. But Fergi… the hard place is
coming. By putting us off, making us wait will only make matters worse.
There is nothing business about it anymore. Kimbo made it a point to go
frontin’ to our boys at Big Black. But that street thug B.S. might work
well with the fan bois and the Internet dorks who think your street
cred means something; but Son… Brett comes from Cabrini Green; the
worst 12 blocks of America. Compared to that your street is Sesame
Street. So you can say it is very personal between Brett and Fergi. So
go ahead and make us wait while you fight Tank and Shamrock. Hell, why
not fight Hackney, Harold Howard, Fred Ettish and the rest of Jurassic
MMA? And while your shuckin’ and duckin’ we will be hustlin’ and
muscilin’ and when the bell finally tolls the only real question left
is … do you wake up looking at canvas or arena lights?
On behalf of Brett Rogers – Team Bison
(props to fiveouncesofpain.com)