Brian Green destroys claim that he threw Kimbo fight
Kimbo Slice was noticed for winning backyard bareknuckle brawls all day, and then rose to fame in MMA, headlining some of the most watched cards in MMA history, and making season 10 of the TUF show the most popular in the franchise’s history.
The upper levels of MMA ultimately proved to offer a dim future, so Kimbo moved on to prizefighting, taking the usual route of any prospect in boxing – fighting a series of contests he was expected to win.
In a curious twist, Saturday night he faced a late minute substitute, veteran MMA fighter Brian Green, who, despite ordinarily fighting at 185, managed to beat Kimbo for all three three rounds of boxing, until, with just three seconds remaiing, Kimbo won via knockout.
Some fans thought Green took a dive, but in an impassioned post on the Underground, Green utterly refutes the idea.
I‘m the one who fought Kimbo Saturday. READ!
From: Brian Green
Member Since: 1/21/06
It has been a while since I lost the login to the UG. However I would occasionally check to see what people are talking about on here. . . .
Here’s the deal people.
First of all, I would NEVER throw a fight, take a dive, whatever you want to call it. I have been fighting for 9 years now starting as a punk 17 year old kid, evolved into a professional mixed martial artist.
I have fought 9 UFC veterans. Yes, I lost to all except breaking Nik Lentz’s arm (thank you for reminding me about the losses) Yes I realize the Lentz fight was several years ago, but my heart won me that fight, and has won me SEVERAL fights since, and before then as well.
Here is where I’m at in my career. After going to Vegas to tryout for TUF, and I wasn’t passed through the first cut Dana White said it was probably due to the record (speaking generally to everyone that didn’t make the cut) He said don’t come up to me and complain about so and so has never fought anybody tough, and has a padded record, GO pad your own record! So that’s exactly what I did. I quit fighting the Brock Larson, Rob Kimmons, Rory markham, Nick Thompsons of the sport, and started fighting other regular pro fighters instead of killers. Now I am on a seven fight win streak.
In Springfield Missouri, for a show I have fought for before, I took a huge opportunity (and helped fill in for the promoter) to go make a name for myself by fighting Kimbo Slice. I have sparred with several world class MMA fighters in my day, and I have adapted well through the years to where I can hang with most. Now, I saw an opportunity to fight Kimbo who in my eyes was EXTREMELY over rated. Plus, How many people actually get the opportunity to fight this guy? and in Strictly boxing, where I only have to avoid 2 weapons instead of punches, kicks, knees, elbows, AND takedowns, I figured hey, what the heck, I really think I can last to a decision with this guy.
*** That’s the most important thing here. I am on 7 consecutive Wins, and EIGHT Fights ago my last loss, I put a guy in a triangle who slammed me in front of my entire family, friends, supporters, EVERYONE I knew in my hometown. i had been BEGGING for a rematch ever since it happened, and I FINALLY got the opportunity to fight him AGAIN in my hometown. Same place, Same opponent, except this time, it was for my Eighth consecutive win, AND to avenge my last loss which would look GREAT in helping me to achieve my goal of fighting in the UFC alongside my friends Jeremy Stephens, Josh Neer, Tyson Griffin, Rob Kimmons and others who have made it.
So I take this huge opportunity thinking I can make it to a decision by avoiding the big punches. So my fight in April will still be a go, and I can get that last loss avenged, AND to add to it, I make a name for myself by lasting with the big puncher Kimbo. Never did I have in my mind that I could actually WIN it.
I’m a fighter though. I feel I have an opportunity to get a win against ANYONE on any given day in Fighting. And any, and everytime I’m in a fight, I’m 100% giving everything I have to GET THAT WIN.
How much sense does it make for me to take a dive, to get suspended, and lose the chance at getting my re match, a chance to fight this guy I’ve been DROOLING about getting a second crack at to attempt to destroy this guy, not to mention I could make the most money I’ve ever made in my hometown as I have already sold several new first time sponsorships with new businesses, as well as having sold a ton of tickets to more supporters I had gained since I last fought that guy.
No amount of money would make me avoid taking a second crack at trying to beat the brakes off this guy who slam ko’d me in front of my grandma, grandpa,(it was their first fight they ever came to!) mom, dad, almost 5k in ticket sales. This was going to be the most financially beneficial fight I had ever had in my hometown. NO WAY would i risk losing this. I knew going into this fight I HAD to make it to a decision.
After I took a few big shots from Kimbo, and did not get hurt from them, my confidence started to build, THEN I got the crowd behind me. Hearing thousands of people chanting my name, I can not explain with words the feeling that made me feel. I was putting my hands up, getting the crowd more into it,and at the same time attempting to get in Kimbos head, as I had been trying to do since the press conference & weigh ins. My adrenaline was pumping, and though I was tired in the second round as I had never trained specifically for a BOXING match, but not completely out of shape as I had been training for my April 13th fight, I continued to feed off the energy of the crowd, and attempt to land the finishing KO shots on Kimbo. I ALMOST DID. Several Times. Watch the WHOLE fight not just the 4th round when we were both Gassed.
As far as the actual Knockout… I know you people who sit on your couch and eat doritos know everything there is to know about fighting, BUT Maybe, Just MAYBE you didn’t take into account that the shot that turned out my light switch was actually THREE punches on the button. Not just the uppercut, the first uppercut, then the straight right, and then the final hook/uppercut that finished.
I fight at 185lbs people, going to 170, as I’m on a career best win streak, and i would do best at 170 instead of 185 against other monsters in the MW division. (Not that I couldn’t give some of them a tough fight, or beat them, but I would have the most success at WW.
Now put all this into perspective, on top of the fact that I had been eating shots (AND GOT ROCKED PROBABLY SIX TIMES EARLIER IN THE FIGHT) Then, on top of all the wearing down punches, me being tired from throwing on him, and the absorbtion of all this, Before a 260lb Gorilla who has a ton of muscle in his body hitting me three times in a row RIGHT on the button. I dont care if they were arm punches or he got everything into it, either way, on a tired fighter, those can deliver a Knockout.
And another thing I thought about, IF i were to throw this fight, to make Kimbo look good right? HOW does it make him look good that i SMOKED him being 2 weight classes under for the whole fight, until he caught me with the three punch combination.. How does that improve his career?
Regardless, I NEVER would throw a fight. Talk to anyone who knows me, or watch me fight Joe Vedepo on youtube, where my shoulder got dislocated brutally 2 times in the fight, and I pop it back in the socket and continue to fight 3 more rounds cut open, dang near beat to death, but NEVER giving up. I have more heart than many fighters you’ll ever see.
Even if I didn’t get caught in the last 3 seconds (btw I didn’t know the time of the round, because I couldn’t hear my corner, or the 10-second warning) I’m sure you people would find SOMETHING to say, saying Kimbo threw the fight against me or something.
Also If I’m going to Dive, I would PROBABLY do it before getting my ORBITAL bone fractured.