The latest episode of Inside MMA included the interview with Alexis Antonacci, the press secretary from the Florida DBPR, on StandGate. It turned out to be a big disappointment though. She pretty much just made the same “we think they’re innocent, but we’ll check it out” statement that she’s made to several other media outlets. However, in light of TJ Thompson’s comments, that better as hell change.
Ken Shamrock also made an appearance on the show, and he had some interesting things to say. Starts at the 36:45 mark.
Dave Meltzer is now reporting the rumor that Ken was holding out for money on fight day as fact. Ken didn’t exactly confirm it, but he did say there was “contract stuff going on.”
Well because of the situation that I was in and some of the things that were going in my own personal life with my father, and also with the contract stuff going on, I just felt like my mind was not where it needed to be. So I had to get back in there and start rolling and get my mind focused back on the fight.
Ken then went on to explain how he got cut.
We were moving maybe 20-30% on the ground, and I was just kinda floating. As I was sinking in the rear naked choke his head popped up and it just caught me. It wasn’t anything real hard. It was just an old cut I had got from one of the Tito fights. It just opened up and I was bleeding. I didn’t really think anything of it until I had my doctor look at it and he said it needed stitches and was just like, ‘No way!’
There was also a rumor going around that a third party paid Ken off to back out of the fight. He vehemently denied it.
No, you couldn’t pay me enough money to get out of the fight with Kimbo. There’s one thing about when I was gonna fight Kimbo. I was going to punish him. I was going to expose him. And there’s nothing in this world that you could pay me that was worth that!
Ken also denied the rumor that he was paid to just stand with Kimbo.
Then the best part of Shamrock’s interview came. Ken went off like he was cutting a promo for the WWE on all the people who said he shouldn’t have working out before the fight.
People are saying, ‘What are you doing rolling the day of the fight?’ Well, listen jabronies. Anybody who tells you they don’t roll the day of the fight are stupid! Because there’s proof every single time you go to a fight when they put the cameras in the room and they show guys punching mitts, they show guys shooting on each other, they show guys rolling on the floor. So don’t tell me you don’t roll on the day of the fight, because you do it four hours before you go into the ring. I just happened to do it a little sooner than that, but it’s still the same thing!
He came back around though and apologized “from the bottom of his heart” about what happened and hopes he can make it up to everybody. Unfortunately, “making it up to everybody” doesn’t include retirement. Instead, it looks like it means fighting his brother Frank.